Contact us

Deon van der Merwe BVSc PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
1800 Denison Ave
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Office: 785-532-4333
Cell: 785-587-5064
Fax: 785-532-4481
Ajay Sharda, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Precision Ag/Machine Systems Engineer,
Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
Kansas State University,
140 Seaton Hall,
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-2936

The future of sUAS in environmental and agricultural remote sensing

The small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) industry is rapidly expanding in the United States and worldwide. An economic impact assessment by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, published in 2013, indicated that sUAS in the United States will generate 70,000 new jobs, and add $13.6 billion dollars to the economy in the next three years, and growing to 100,000 jobs and $82 billion by 2025. The biggest market expansion is expected in precision agriculture, particularly in agricultural states such as Kansas. The industry is expected to generate over 3,700 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic impact in Kansas by 2025.

Researchers at Kansas State University have made significant progress in the development of sUAS applications in the areas of agriculture and environmental assessment. Kansas State University aims to increase its leadership role in these rapidly expanding areas of sUAS applications by building on the successes achieved to date, based on multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at K-State and beyond.

Our goals

To facilitate multidisciplinary research collaboration within the following areas of sUAS applications:

  • Crop production
  • Livestock production
  • Environmental assessment