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UAVs: Another Perspective

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or 'drone' as it's more commonly known is simply an aircraft without a pilot on board. Most UAVs are flown by on-board computers or remote controlled by a pilot on the ground. Much of the development of UAVs was confined to the military and kept "under wraps" until quite recently when drone technology became not only widely available but also much more user friendly. Consequently, UAVs have undergone a substantial transformation both in design and usability, with a drone now looking more like a type of helicopter with multiple sets of rotor blades.
Likewise, the technology has significantly improved to the degree that they can stay in the air for longer and cover greater distances and they are now controllable with Android devices or iOS which means that virtually anyone can pilot one; although a high level of skill is still required and there are strict guidelines in place regarding where you can fly your UAV.

 
 

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While UAVs are now accessible to all and much easier to pilot there is still a certain stigma attached to the technology and the usability of them due to their history and continued use in warefare. While drones do indeed have their military and surveillance uses, they can be found and are in fact used on an almost daily basis now within the civilian field especially in police work, where missing persons are concerned and within the media for news gathering.

For example, drones can be found on film sets as they are much less cumbersome than an aerial photography unit and far less expensive than a helicopter and crew to achieve those amazing aerial shots we have all become familiar with. On a business level it was not that long ago that companies such as Amazon and DHL anounced that they would be trialling drone deliveries to see whether they would be able to offer customers a faster more streamlined service. Don't be surprised to see these services rolled out in the not too distant future!

UAVs can be retro fitted with specialised equipment to complete certain tasks, cameras for filming, photography, news gathering and surveying, secure delivery boxes, heat seeking equipment to locate people in remote locations, even the driverless car is a form of drone. Not only are they a useful and cost effective tool for business but smaller drones are also a great 'toy' for the remote control enthusiast!

 

The following articles may be of interest to you:

Firefighters use drone to locate trapped man.

The Worlds first drone you can sit inside!

The UK Drone Show at the NEC, Birmingham

DJI release information on their new crop spraying drone.

Amazon testing drones for deliveries

Google and Facebook Face Off: Who Wins on Internet Drones?

 

Go Drone Racer: the California Cup Championship

by Miriam McNabb | November 11, 2015by M. McNabb | November 11, 2015

The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) held the California Cup Championship in Los Angeles this weekend. Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch as racers, wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles, raced small lightweight drones at high speeds in an underground parking garage. Using joysticks to navigate, the racers maneuvered their drones around column and obstacles to take the lead. […]

 

Drones Create 3D Maps to Aid Ghorka Earthquake Victims

by Miriam McNabb | November 10, 2015by M. McNabb | November 10, 2015

“Digital Humanitarian” and founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network Patrick Meier is using drone technology to its utmost potential for humanitarian aid, most recently utilizing aerial imaging to create amazing 3D maps of the areas most damaged by the Ghorka Earthquake in Nepal. The Ghorka Earthquake has claimed over 9,000 lives, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. […]

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