Jonathan Gill

Jonathan Gill BEng Robotics and Automated Systems

Mechatronics Teaching Assistant and UAV Pilot 

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Tel: 01952 8155182
Academic Department: Engineering
Building: Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre

I graduated from Plymouth University in 2005 with  ‘BEng Robotics and Automated Systems’.

I have a background in subsea ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and I also work offshore as a ROV pilot for industrial ROV’s for the petrochemical industry. I have been controlling and flying vehicles like this for the past 7 years.

The ability of Tele-presence control is a relatively unique skill and I decided to branch out to using some of the most up to date off the shelf technology and join the rapidly expanding market of UAV’s

Currently I am self employed as a visiting researcher at Harper Adams, researching new possibilities of integrating UAS’s (Unmanned Aerial Systems) within precision farming and improving existing solutions.

I am a qualified UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) pilot with a BNUC-s (Basic National Unmanned Systems) qualification and I am fully insured to fly in the UK for commercial purposes with Permission for aerial work from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

My UAS is a 6 Rotor Hexa-copter designed and constructed by myself to carry a payload of up to 1KG (for example, a camera geared up for IR photography).

The research I am undertaking at HA is on using UAV as a mechanism to take sensors airborne to a vantage point over agricultural land and fields. Capturing this information could help improve the productivity of agriculture and reduce costs by monitoring pests and disease and signs of nutrient deficiencies that can produce visible signs of stress within the plants. The outcome of this is to provide an economic service that could aid the future of agriculture.

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Tel: 01952 8155182
Academic Department: Engineering
Building: Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre

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