Down on the farm
Drone companies say their aircraft are safe and reliable and not a threat to people or privacy. The business of drones is ready to grow, they argue. Unlike the military where Predator drones spy and attack an enemy, scads of private companies are itching to put drones to work here in the US.
Agriculture use of drones is one of the biggest areas of growth, says the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a drone trade association. Yamaha's 9-foot long Rmax autonomous helicopter can carry a 62-pound payload and spray 2 acres of farmland in 6 minutes.