Drone sales are on the rise with each passing year, and more and more people are embracing the idea of owning such devices.
With all this attention, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) are now finding more practical and innovative uses and applications.
Drones are no longer just for the supreme enthusiasts, as these devices have penetrated the world of technology and consumer use.
A lot of businesses are looking forward to utilizing the capacities of these machines to the best effects.
There are some very basic uses for drones, and there are also some really creative ideas that you could make use of in your life.
In this discussion, we’ll take a look at the many uses and applications for drones.
Let us find out how people can put these drones to work:
*1. MILITARY USES OF DRONES;
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have found a number of applications in the military and defense world.
This is especially true in the case of the defense of the United State Of America.
In fact, the US Government was first known to start its experiments with UAVs way back in 1917.
However, some are used for combat missions such as the “MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B
” (UAV) used mainly by the United States of America (USA) and Israel.
*2. BOMB DETECTION;
Owing to the small size of the drones, they can usually penetrate into constricted spaces.
Add to that, many drones have effective cameras and this makes the drones suitable for purposes of bomb detection.
Thus, these aerial vehicles are apt for making us aware of live bombs and save lives in the process.
portable rifle-style jammer
, which works independently or in conjunction with DroneShield’s acoustic drone detection technology to locate and neutralise potential threats by air.
With drone sales expected grow exponentially in the near future, and an increasing number and severity of drone incidents occurring daily, DroneShield
to respond to nefarious use of consumer and commercial drones and the resulting need for effective countermeasures to drone intrusions.
aims to help public and private sector customers, where allowed by law, take proactive measures against airborne threats to safety, security, and privacy.
*3.Drone technology by uber:
The company that is one of the leaders in the world of Uber trucking has partnered with NASA and the Slovenian company Pipistrel to realize an ambitious and innovative “flying taxi” project called UberAir.
The project is designed to provide a safe and efficient air transportation system for passengers using drones across crowded settlements and cities.
The project was unveiled at the 2018 Elevate Summit in Los Angeles where a development plan was presented by Uber.
The aim of the project is to facilitate and optimize the transport of passengers in crowded urban areas with reduced noise and pollution.
The project should begin testing in 2020 in US cities of Los Angeles and Dallas, where it is working promptly with national authorities to implement the UberAir project, which should have official use in 2023.
The take-off and landing operations themselves are designed according to the VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) principle, and the drones would be powered by electric motors to minimize pollution and noise.
Aircraft should be able to reach speeds of 240 km/h to 320 km/h while their maximum range would be 100 km.
UberAir Drones will have to fly at altitudes of 300 m to 600 m above the ground.
In the beginning of the project, it was envisioned that Uber’s “flying taxi” would have the capacity to accommodate 4 passengers with one pilot seat.
Once it is determined that such traffic in cities is safe, Uber will embark on traffic operations with planned autonomous drones that would have a maximum seating capacity of 6 passengers.
At the start of its business, UberAir would cost service users $ 5.73 per passenger mile ($36 every 1.6 kilometers), while over time these prices would drop significantly and ultimately cost $ 0.44 per mile.
UberAir drone users will call the drones through the app, and boarding will take place at special locations that will be made under special conditions and regulations.
The aforementioned infrastructures will be called Uber heliports. As a solution by the architectural firm BOKA Powell.
The building would be adaptable to the wind and would have the capacity to handle thousands of takeoffs and landings in an hour.
The only items that could slow down the process of development and implementation of the UberAir project themselves are compliance with the legal regulations of certain countries and the trust of skeptical people of the users towards the security of the service.
*4. Drones eyed by Paparazzi:
Reporters looking to get close to a crime scene, take video footage of a raging wildfire, or chart the changes in an ecosystem may soon turn to drones, the little flying helicopters often associated with the military.
In fact, the emergence of drone journalism is expected to become such a mainstay of the media industry in the next few years that journalism students at the University of Missouri Journalism School, in Columbia, Mo., are now taking courses how to use drones to report stories.
*5. Drone lighting show :
Advances in the field of drone programming for the purpose of coordinated autonomous flights, where each drone does not necessarily communicate with another drone, but is independently programmed for certain maneuvers.
Intel states that in the 2016 experiment, a coordinated flight of over 500 UAVs was achieved in independent routes and without communication between the drones themselves, which was then the Guiness World Record
Unlike standard rocket and disposable fireworks so far, these systems can be used repeatedly, in an almost unlimited number of combinations of designs, and with infinitely fewer resources consumed, considering the possibility of reusing such systems.
Such a lighting or advertising system takes precedence over the traditional method of pyrotechnic sky lighting
in the form of reduced environmental smoke and reduced noise that directly affects the surrounding fauna and life.
Animals instinctively run away in disorientation during traditional fireworks, which can potentially endanger nearby traffic and adversely affect the physiology of the animals themselves.
As mentioned in the source, drones do not cause noise or pollute the environment with smoke and are not disposable.
The pioneer of this kind of advertising and lighting system, Intel uses Intel Shooting Star mini drones developed and manufactured in their workshop.
Shooting Star is a 330g mini drone powered by 4 co-ordinated rotors.
The structure of the Shooting Star drone is based on Styrofoam and lightweight plastic, and is equipped with LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
lights required to perform a light show.
It is possible to control a large number of Shooting Star drones at the same time through computers used by a professional who can combine more than 4 billion different color combinations by built-in LEDs.
That computer has pre-programmed algorithms that are in charge of controlling the choreography in the air and optimizing the flight shortly before the performance.
During halftime, 300 autonomously operated Shooting Star drones staged a performance for history that watched over 120 million people live and launched this kind of lighting system to the world stage.
Drone technology is constantly moving forward, and their ability to collect different data is increasingly effective.
Drones are considered to be better at weather forecasting than conventional methods that are used today, and now we will explain why this is so.
The way data is collected today is through radars, satellites and weather balloons, that are surrounded by storms and they are collecting as much data as possible.
But there is always a hole in that data, and it is drones who will be able to fill that hole.
This would allow scientists to be surrounded by real-time data that they could not reach before.
For this they had to send vehicles or planes with people, and now they can send drones doing identical work at a much lower cost.
Due to these real-time data, drones will be better able to predict weather, and weather forecasting will be even more accurate than before.
Also, with the help of this data, scientists will be able to better investigate and predict weather conditions and get a clearer insight of why storms develop.
The very important thing is that storms could be predicted much sooner and even up to 1 hour in advance, unlike now, where it currently takes 10 minutes to predict.
The UAV then dumped 5 sensors into the hurricane and monitored parameters such as temperature, pressure, speed and wind power.
That drone was specifically made for that hurricane.
*7. Wildlife and Historical Conservation:
Drones are a cheaper and more efficient alternative to wildlife conservation.
Tracking wildlife populations is nearly impossible with humans on the ground.
Having an eye-in-the-sky allows wildlife conservationists to track roaming groups of animals, ranging from Orangutans
in Borneo to Bison
on the Great Plains, to get a better idea of the health of their species and ecosystems.
Conservation drones also make perfect tools in the fight against poaching efforts in Asia and Africa.
Drones are also being used for reforestation
efforts all over the world.
These drones scour the forest floors of forests decimated by fires and drop seed vessels filled with seeds, fertilizers and nutrients that will help a tree rise from the ashes.
There have been around 300 million acres of deforested land
since the early 1990s. What would take humans around 300 years to reforest can be more efficiently completed via seed-planting drone technology.
Finally, UAVs are becoming instrumental in historical conservation efforts. Drones are being used to map out 3D renderings
of historical sites like Chernobyl, the ancient Greek sites of Ephesus
, Turkey and Jewish cemeteries all over.The vantage point gives historical preservationists the ability to find clues about culture and architecture while using 3D imagery to recreate lost sites.
# Here is the breakdown of the technology generations:
#.Generation 1: Basic remote control aircraft of all forms.
#.Generation 2: Static design, fixed camera mount, video recording and still photos, manual piloting control.
#.Generation 3: Static design, two-axis gimbals, HD video, basic safety models, assisted piloting.
#.Generation 4: Transformative designs, Three-axis gimbals, 1080P HD video or higher-value instrumentation, improved safety modes, autopilot modes.
#.Generation 5: Transformative designs, 360° gimbals, 4K video or higher-value instrumentation, intelligent piloting modes.
#.Generation 6: Commercial suitability, safety and regulatory standards based design, platform and payload adaptability, automated safety modes, intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, airspace awareness.
#.Generation 7: Complete commercial suitability, fully compliant safety and regulatory standards-based design, platform and payload interchangeability, automated safety modes, enhanced intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, full airspace awareness, auto action (takeoff, land, and mission execution).
Fun Facts about Drones:
Know some interesting facts about drones:
By 2020, the value of the drone industry will be $127 billion
30% of all US military aircraft are drones
The projected size of the agricultural drone market is $4.8 billion
The drone industry is projected to grow up to $90 billion by 2025.
Twenty-six National Societies are using or plan to use drones, in a variety of ways.
These use-cases include monitoring IDP camp construction; community mapping for resiliency projects; conducting search and rescue operations; post-disaster mapping after landslides and earthquakes; and capturing photographs and video for communications purpose.
More use cases are likely to be added in the near future, as Societies grow more comfortable with drones and find new applications for the technology.