Drones and their Purpose in the Present and Future

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A drone is an unmanned aerial aircraft that varies in size and type.  It is also referred to as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or a remotely piloted aerial system (RPAS).  A drone flies without a pilot or passengers and can be described as a type of robot plane which is controlled using a remote control.

Everyone seems to be talking about drones, that they are in actual fact just radio-controlled planes or helicopters that many have taken up as a hobby.  Drones are however much more sophisticated and have longer ranges, can be controlled from a greater distance and can fly much further on a tank of petrol.  Military or commercial drones can be controlled from great distances, sometimes thousands of miles and make use of satellite and autonomous technologies to control the drones.

Military Uses

Drones have been very useful in the military, especially in the US where they have been experimenting with them since as early as 1917.  Because drones are small they are able to go into small spaces and together with high quality cameras drones are an excellent tool to be used in detecting bombs, which means that unexploded bombs can be located.  Regular surveys can be done using drones to ensure the safety and protection of a country.  Drones are able to get a wider aerial view, which will make it easier to spot any unwanted visitors.  The military also makes use of drones in air strikes, which will limit the amount of casualties as the information sent back is more accurate.

Drones have also been a very helpful tool in helping law enforcement fight crime.  The FBI has made use of drones in a few of their cases such as drug interdictions and investigations of fugitives and these UV’s could change security in every sector, from casinos to banks and everywhere in between.

Shipping and Delivery

Using drones for delivery and shipping, such as online shopping, is underway and companies such as Amazon are looking at using this option which will hopefully offer 30 minute delivery to their customers.  This will ensure that delivery of items is done much quicker and online shopping may only take a few minutes in the future. The convenience factor is a major selling point for people, and just like we can now access Canadian online slots at anytime, so too will drones speed up the process of delivering physical items to our door.

Disaster Management

In the area of disaster management drones can be a very helpful asset.  With dusters, whether manmade or natural there is often a time of chaos and drones would be most helpful here in assessing the damage using cameras to collect footage of any accident sites which will reduce the amount of money spent on having to use helicopters.  Because of their size they can also get into places that helicopters cannot and provide a much better source of information.

Nature Conservation

Protecting the wildlife of this world, especially those species that are endangered has become difficult as poachers become more resourceful.  Drones are an excellent way to police areas where poaching is prevalent and the World Wildlife Fund is using drones in areas such as Africa and Asia to protect elephants and rhinoceroses that are especially targeted by poachers.  Drones are also being used to police illegal fishing, hunting and burning.  They are being used in countries like Belize to counter over fishing by finding boats that fish without the proper permits and in restricted waters.

If drones are used correctly they can be a very useful tool that can do much good in the world and have the potential to improve many sectors of the world, such as conservation of wildlife, assisting with disaster management, shipping and delivery and safety and security.

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