The world is advancing technologically at a rapid pace. It was just twenty years ago that most people didn’t understand the uses of the internet.
These days we’re fortunate not to have to wait in a bank line to pay our electricity bill or send a letter that would take two weeks to get to the recipient. Technology has made our life easier.
So what’s the latest invention that has taken the world by storm?
Otherwise known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a drone is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard. Many people refer to drones as unmanned vehicles.
Since it’s unmanned, then how does it operate? Drones use a component of an unmanned aircraft system and include a UAV and a ground-based system controller. The flight takes place under the remote control of a human operator or by onboard computers.
Drones were invented predominantly for missions that were considered too dangerous for humans. Most of the applications of drones were for military uses, but its use also extended to agricultural, commercial and scientific use.
Let’s delve deeper into the different uses for drones.
The military’s aim is to win battles without losing human lives. One of the ways that they figured out to do certain strategies without risking humans is by using drones.
Although the military keeps its operations secret, the use of drones by the organization has been known for some time. Besides equipping drones with cameras for military surveillance, they have armed them with missiles to attack the enemy.
The military will use drones any time that it can to protect the lives of troops. They equip the drones with video remote communications to ground troops, weapons, and gear.
The primary uses of military drones is the reconnaissance of unknown areas, force protection, and enemy tracking.
Here’s how drones save lives:
The military uses drones to search for lost or injured soldiers and to get a real-time view of missions and situations. That enables commanders to make better-informed decisions about resource allocations.
What’s the future of drones in the military?
To make drones even more effective for the military, they will get smaller, quieter, lighter, and have stronger batteries and better flight times. All of these features will help the military to glean the best information and save the lives of its troops.
Although drones gained popularity amongst the mainstream only a few years ago, the military first used them for observation in 1973.
Photography and Video
Whoever said that humans take the best photos or videos was wrong. “Why?” you ask. Well, humans aren’t capable of reaching certain locations or awkward spots, unlike drones.
If you want to take a bird’s eye-view photo from a mountain or an airplane, it’s no longer necessary to get into an airplane or to climb that mountain. All you have to do is elevate the drone.
As some photographers say, drones have propelled photography and videography to new heights.
It’s not a secret that drones give photos a unique perspective, especially since it allows you to shoot from a higher perspective. Drones have built-in cameras that rotate and swivel to shoot from angles that are extremely difficult for humans to accomplish.
Drones help you to get into hard-to-reach spots. Imagine trying to get a close-up shot of a lion by walking towards it. Drones have enabled you to fly over a pride of lions and get a shot from a few inches away. No need for photographers to trek through jungles or rainforests, not to mention warzones, to get the best shot. Drones will make that trip for you.
If you want the best action shots, drones are the way to go.
Drones will be in the midst of the action, allowing you to snap the best shots without breaking a sweat.
Imagine not having to spend a large sum of money on hiring a big logistics company to deliver parcels. Think about getting your pizza delivered in the fastest time possible...
Drones have made that possible. Numerous companies have started projects whereby they are using drones to deliver packages.
Companies such as Rakuten, Amazon, and Google Wing have tested delivery systems of small packages by using drones. It’s a convenient way of delivering the package to the consumer. Drones will help these companies to eliminate the middleman--the carrier.
By circumventing the use of a carrier, companies such as Amazon won’t have to pay the delivery fees and can deliver the packages quicker. Carrier companies have several packages to deliver in one load and have to get through traffic.
Drones carry one load to a specific customer and don’t have to worry about being stuck in traffic, as they take the quickest route in the air to get to the customer.
Which customer would complain about cheaper, faster, and more reliable delivery?
That’s the reason that drones are going to be the new package carrier. Even a company such as 7-Eleven has conducted tests to deliver hot and cold food items to its customers.
Real Estate and Construction
Companies do everything in their power to ensure that their staff isn’t placed in danger during construction. The danger construction companies face is its staff getting hurt or killed on the job.
One of the ways it happens is when the staff have to get to the top of skyscrapers or enter a floor that is unsafe. Drones have taken away that aspect of danger.
Construction companies can monitor the project from above the construction and acquire new input during the phases of the project life cycle, thanks to drones.
Realtors and developers have used drones to gather video and imagery for building and home inspection.
According to Research and Markets, a predictive analysis firm, the worldwide sales of UAV hardware and software will top the 6 million unit mark between 2017 and 2025. The firm has also stated that international trends show that the global demand for drones in real estate and construction will reach $20 billion between the same period.
Many construction pundits have stated that drones help them to complete projects quicker, as they can help them to survey a worksite, communicate with stakeholders and track progress.
Instead of doing that job on the ground, drones expedite the process by doing the legwork.
Although businesses use drones to generate revenue and make their lives easier, some people use drones for fun.
Man has been fascinated with the concept of flying since the Wright Brothers invented the airplane more than a hundred years ago. People who are interested in getting a taste of what flying is like have started by controlling drones.
The hobby use of drones is legal in the United States and flying can be done anywhere but best if done in open locations so that the operator can see the drone. That’s called line-of-sight flying.
Joining a club to fly drones with other people is a great way to improve your drone operation skills and to meet other people who are passionate about flying. They can help you to improve your techniques and show you the best ways to service and maintain your drone.
Some people have also used these clubs to test their skills by engaging in drone racing. Most people love to compete while they’re making friends, so you’ll be glad to know that drones enable you to do that.
Should You Get A Drone?
If you’re a business that delivers packages, it seems that drones are the way to go. Not only do they help customers to circumvent the middle man, but they do it faster, cheaper, and more conveniently.
Since big companies such as Amazon and Google Wing are testing this platform, it seems imminent that drones are the way of the future.
According to Statista, the commercial UAV production for mini-UAVs is currently valued at $54.8 million. The projected market for commercial drones is expected to reach $2.4 billion by 2025.
It certainly seems that many people are taking drones seriously since they have used them for photography and recreational activities.
The Federal Aviation Administration has projected that the number of small hobbyist drones registered in the U.S., which was 1.1 million units in 2017, will increase to 2.4 million by 2022.
At the moment, only 8% of Americans owned a drone at the end of 2017 and only 59% have seen one in action. One of the biggest problems with drones is crashes. The statistics revealed that 64% of drone crashes were due to technical errors.
The other interesting statistic in 2017 was that 47% of Americans claimed that they were interested in drone deliveries. That was two years ago, so the interest has only gotten bigger. It seems that drones are the way of the future and may become the norm in the way we do business and research, as well as engage in recreational activities.