UgCS for Smart Agriculture Project in Japan

August 10, 2021 - Riga, Latvia - Drone Aid, a partner of SPH Engineering in Japan, is a member of Nagasaki Nagawa Production Consortium entrusted with Japan's smart agriculture project from NARO (National Agriculture and Food Research Organization). Since 2020 the company has been involved in two-year smart agriculture project to increase loquat productivity. The main goal is to perform spraying with an UAV.

Agriculture Spray Autopilot for Terraced Fields is the main challenge in the NARO project. Agriculture spraying with a drone is typically used in a flat rice field with a manual operation. However, it is very difficult to spray with a drone by a manual operation for terrace fields. Spraying Autopilot is preferable.

‘A flight plan that deals with not only the ground surface but also the height of trees is required. We create a flight route easily by performing simple photogrammetry. After putting some flight software to the test, we have opted for UgCS. It is important to provide a system that is easy for local operators to use’, Yasuhiko YOSHIDA, CEO of Drone AID / Task, explains. ‘Other fruits like oranges are also cultivated in terraced fields. However, spraying is still done manually. With the success of this loquat project, Agriculture Spray Autopilot for Terraced Fields with UgCS could be spread, we want to help Japanese agriculture’.

Missions for a drone by Drone Aid include Agriculture Spray Autopilot for Terraced fields and Fruits Transportation by Autopilot.



About Drone Aid
Drone Aid is a member of Nagasaki Biwa Production Consortium together with Nagasaki Agricultural and Forestry Technical Develop Center and Tokushima University. Associated companies include SPH Engineering (UgCS mission planning and flight control software), AAA (Drone Engineering), Task (Drone Engineering).

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About SPH Engineering
SPH Engineering ( is a multiproduct drone software company and UAV integration services provider. Founded in 2013 in Latvia (EU) as a UAV mission planning and flight control start-up, the company has evolved from a developer of a single flagship product (UgCS) to a market leader of multiple drone solutions. Today, the company boasts a rich global customer, reseller and educational partner network in 150+ countries, while over 45% of partners are located in North America. To provide high-quality solutions for UAV professionals, SPH Engineering's team advances four key product lines: UgCS - mission planning and flight control software, UgCS Integrated Systems - airborne integrated systems with sensors from diverse manufacturers, Drone Show Software - only commercially available software to manage drone swarm flights and ATLAS - AI platform to process and analyze geospatial data.