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MADDSAP-l, a Versatile Remotely Piloted Vehicle for Agricultural Research

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A remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) was redesigned and constructed as an agricultural research tool. The RPV was a biplane aircraft (2.44 m wingspan by 2.04 m fuselage length) powered by a 50-cm3 4.0 hp modified chainsaw engine. The aircraft was controlled by a seven-channel FM radio control system augmented with a quasielectrodynamic autopilot. The RPV has been fitted with both an ultra-low-volume spray system and an electrostatically charged dust system for applying high concentrations of entomopathogenic bacteria, fungal spores, or viruses. The RPV also utilizes an oil vaporization system to observe wind movement. The RPV is also fitted with systems to sample airborne insect, spore, and pollen populations via remotely controlled traps.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1986

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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