Skippy Scout: Anyone used it or is planning to use it?

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Go one then, someone has to ask....... What is a Skippy Scout?
Skippy scout is a software platform which is an app on your phone. It uses a drone to scout your fields and gives you analysis back in the form of a PDF document. All automated so you don't have to fly yourself
 
You know that corner of the field where the crops always slightly backward ?
With the clever use of a drone , a smartphone and an App , Skippy will tell you that over in that corner of the field the crop is slightly backward.

*subscription , training and support package necessary. Statutory rights not affected . Other apps are available.
 

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So who buys the drone?
Who flys it over private property?
What does it analyse?
You buy the drone and the subscription to the software and then it flies itself to the designated points you pick.

It analyses different stuff depending on crop type but broadly it will give you: GAI readings, plant counts at early stages, pest damage, unhealthy crop. in other words it shows you areas where you might want to have a closer look.
 

SamN

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It analyses different stuff depending on crop type but broadly it will give you: GAI readings, plant counts at early stages, pest damage, unhealthy crop. in other words it shows you areas where you might want to have a closer look.
Can it be used on grassland? If it can count plants, can it be programmed to count sheep?! Considering getting a drone anyway
 

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Can it be used on grassland? If it can count plants, can it be programmed to count sheep?! Considering getting a drone anyway
We have thought about it however its difficult to do when the sheep move!

as for grassland, yes we do basic analysis atm however we are working on it. hoping to have plate counts in the future!
 

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Drone needs to be in sight of the pilot at all times though, so not exactly fair to say it “flies itself” is it?
It does at the moment however this could be changing in the near future! and when I say flies itself I mean the app will take the drone to each point and then fly itself home, you don't have to touch the controls whilst its completing its mission. I do see your point however and we are hoping in the future it will all be automated!
 

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Really? Can’t see that applying to leisure quality drones of the type you’re recommending - can you?
absolutely! they are the lowest risk drone you can buy! full of failsafe's and tech to mitigate the risks of flying. also they are small and compact meaning in the case of a malfunction they shouldn't cause much damage. we will see how things change over the coming years however!
 

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absolutely! they are the lowest risk drone you can buy! full of failsafe's and tech to mitigate the risks of flying. also they are small and compact meaning in the case of a malfunction they shouldn't cause much damage. we will see how things change over the coming years however!
“Near future” would imply it’s already being planned in legislation though - is it?
 

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