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In Peru, drones used for agriculture, archaeology

Published on Aug 17, 2013 12:29 PM

LIMA (AFP) - Drones are most often associated with assassinations in remote regions of Pakistan and Yemen but in Peru, unmanned aircraft are being used to monitor crops and study ancient ruins.

Forget Reapers and Predators - the drones used here are hand-held contraptions that look like they were assembled in a garage with gear from a hardware store.

They are equipped with a microcomputer, a GPS tracker, a compass, cameras and an altimetre, and can be easily programmed by using Google Maps to fly autonomously and return to base with vital data.

"These aircraft are small in size, are equipped with high-precision video or photo cameras and go virtually unnoticed in the sky," said Mr Andres Flores, an electrical engineer in charge of the UAV programme at Peru's Catholic University.

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