The quality of wine improves by using UAS in Europe

Unmanned aircraft are currently being tried out in vineyards in the south of France, to check that “grubbing up” of vines is done legally and ecologically.

Wine-growers get as much as 10,000 euros ($13,000; £8,300) per hectare in subsidies for digging up uncompetitive vines – a scheme to prevent new EU “wine lakes” caused by overproduction.

“There has to be 100% control, as it’s a huge amount of money,” says Philippe Loudjani, an agronomist at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s main satellite monitoring hub in Ispra, northern Italy. ”The French are testing to see if the UAS need to go up to 10cm resolution – to see what accuracy is required.”

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