NASA is everywhere: farming tech with roots in space

WASHINGTON - Numerous farming tools have roots at NASA. Over the years, companies large and small have partnered with the agency, honed technologies and delivered innovations to benefit the industry. These are just a few examples: 1. Self-driving tractors. The story starts with GPS, which was still new in the 1990s when John Deere started using it for precision agriculture. The company wanted to go a step further and create a system to guide tractors autonomously. The challenge was that uncorrected GPS could be off by up to 30 feet due to data errors, drift in the GPS satellites' internal clocks and other factors, reports Seed Daily.

NASA is everywhere: farming tech with roots in space
NASA is everywhere: farming tech with roots in space
WASHINGTON - Numerous farming tools have roots at NASA. Over the years, companies large and small have partnered with the agency, honed technologies and delivered innovations to benefit the industry. These are just a few examples: 1. Self-driving tractors. The story starts with GPS, which was still new in the 1990s when John Deere started using it for precision agriculture. The company wanted to go a step further and create a system to guide tractors autonomously. The challenge was that uncorrected GPS could be off by up to 30 feet due to data errors, drift in the GPS satellites' internal clocks and other factors, reports Seed Daily.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

February 13, 2019-While those in aerospace technology are a forward looking bunch as a rule, it never hurts to look back and see how the industry has impacted those more inclined to keep their thoughts firmly on the ground. Technologies being developed for use in aerospace right now will undoubtedly pay dividends in other industries and professions in the future.

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