The technical name of drones is “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAVs). They are aerial vehicles which come in wide varieties of sizes, shapes and functions, which are controlled either by remote or control systems from the ground. Drones mostly find use in military services, but are now days finding use in various civilian operations such as search and rescue, weather analysis etc.
Benefits of Drone :
Drone can save lives. In natural and manmade disasters, UAS can be positioned to survey damage, locate stranded and injured victims, and assess ongoing threats without risking the safety of rescue teams and first-responders.
Drone can be used to search for lost children, provide tactical surveillance and suspect tracking, assist in accident investigations, and monitor large crowds.
They can contribute to safe infrastructure maintenance and management. Consider the difficulty of inspecting the underside of a bridge or the top of a skyscraper, not to mention the costs and risks. With UAS, scaffolding, cranes, or harnesses are not required. Just deploy the system to assess the structure’s condition remotely.
Drone can streamline agriculture management. Using a crop management system to observe, measure, and respond to variability in individual plants, farmers can target areas requiring attention. By pinpointing these areas, farmers can provide care only where needed- improving yield, conserving resources, and avoiding waste.
And also They can give media access to hard-to-reach places. Aerial photography for a news broadcast or a blockbuster film can be efficiently, economically, and safely captured by a Drone.
Although Drones are mostly known for controversial military applications, that perception is likely to change as they are adopted into the commercial market. The technology’s accessibility, cost, and safety provide a unique capability that has not been attainable for many companies. Benefits of this technology grow everyday. SRI continues to extend these possibilities with products to get the most from Drone camera systems.
Amazon Uses Drone For Delivery :
Amazon recently received regulatory approval in the United States to test high-speed commercial drones. This development is good news for consumers.The use of drones in the supply chain is expected to drive down delivery costs.
Amazon will be able to charge customers just $1 to have a drone deliver a package in 30 minutes or less, according to an estimate developed by ARK Investment Management. This estimate considers factors such as operating expenses associated with building and maintaining a fleet of drones and the percentage of orders that might be feasibly delivered by drones.
The majority of purchases made on Amazon are low in weight and would be eligible for drone delivery. The current drone model that Amazon is testing is capable of flying at a speed of 50 miles per hour while carrying a 5-pound (2.3-kilogram) payload; approximately 86% of orders shipped by Amazon weigh less than this amount, according to company documents.
Drone deliveries will translate to instant cost savings, part of which will be passed on to consumers. It costs far less to operate a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles than it does a fleet of ground vehicles. It costs 10 cents to deliver a 4.4-pound (2 kilo) package over six miles (9.7 kilometers) using a drone, according to Raffaello D’Andrea, who co-founded Kiva Systems (the warehouse robots used by Amazon). That’s far cheaper than the $2 to $8 per package that it costs Amazon today using ground transportation for deliveries over this “last mile.”
Offering 30-minute delivery at such a low cost to consumers could boost Amazon’s e-commerce and retail market share. That’s because “high-than-expected shipping costs” are the top reason why consumers abandon a shopping cart online, so the retailer achieving the most significant reductions in shipping fees will likely win consumer loyalty and market share. Competing retailers and shippers other than Amazon are also working on delivery drones, but Amazon seems to be the furthest along in its testing.
Drone racing around the world :
Drone fans are starting to put on more racing events in countries across the world.Drones have become more and more popular in the last 12 months and now fans around the world are starting to hold more events that test their engineering and flying skills.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. That’s because drone racing is taking off in a big way in France. Airgonay is a French-based club that specialises in fast-moving gadgets and action-packed activities. They’ve developed a new form of remote-controlled fun with these racing drones.Using hi-tech controls, the racers compete around a course, weaving in and out of the trees in a sport that could be straight from a Star Wars film.But drone racing in America is difficult to organise because government rules bans drones leaving a pilot’s line of sight when in the air.