Asterix project
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Reduce herbicide usage with 95%

 
 
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Aim for the weeds

Asterix is the first fully automated farming robot that uses a Deep Learning Neural Network to map its way around weeds and crops and carefully drop a precise amount of herbicide directly onto the weed, without touching the crop or soil. Our patented nozzle technology reduces herbicide usage by 95%.

 
 
 
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Less manual labor

Our light-weight, autonomous robot is the only solution on the market that successfully addresses weeding challenges while reducing herbicide usage by 95%. Asterix incorporates a patented, vision-based, ultra-high precision nozzle system. This is built on top of a state-or-the-art machine learning platform that is trained to differentiate the appearance of intertwined crops and their weeds. Asterix applies herbicide only to weeds, not crop or soil, enabling the use of novel, environmentally safe weeding agents in both conventional and organic agriculture.

 
 
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The robot for your row crops

Asterix enables intra-row weeding, even in sown crops that are notoriously difficult to weed as the weeds emerge and develop simultaneously with the crop, and expands the range of herbicides used. Novel and environmentally-safe weeding agents such as acetic acid or urea can be used to chemically burn even herbicide-resistant weeds.

Reduced soil compaction

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Light WEIGHT equipment

To reduce the problem many farmers have with soil compaction we have decided to make our robot as light as possible. With this light weight design Asterix also has the benefit of being able to enter a wet field then tractors can not. This makes it possible to handle weeds when you need to, not when the conditions are right.

 
 
 

Supported by

The Asterix Project has been supported by

 

Funded by the European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 829983

Funded by INNOVATION NORWAY

This project has received support from Innovation Norway through Miljøteknologi ordningen

Funded by GROFONDET

Grofondet have supported this project.

Funded by FORSKNINGSRÅDET

Norwegian research council has supported this project through several programs

Funded by INNOVASJONSPRISEN

Norsk Landbrukssamvirke gave the project the Innovation prize in 2017.