The Drone uses and how it is and will be affecting our lives in the future
Drones have proved to be one of the most versatile and fascinating creations of the world we inhabit today, where technological progress is second to none in bringing jobs, money, and security to a nation. As such, drone technology has been successful in carving out a unique position for itself. Now any technology is only as versatile as the level of optimization and efficiency it can achieve for a wide variety of tasks without being overbearingly expensive or challenging to make, and drone technology is no different. So, without further ado, let us discuss the Drone uses and how it is and will be affecting our lives in the future.
Drone Use Cases across sectors:
The Drone uses in agriculture can be seen in Monitoring crop health and growth progress along with Delivering pesticides to a select area of the field instead of spraying the entire field with the same, saving pesticide, time, and effort, and monitoring and detering pests, insects, and birds from destroying the produce.
Major companies such as Amazon, Google, DHL, FedEx, etc. have already invested healthy funds in developing autonomous drones capable of coordinating with each other in delivering packages. This approach saves a lot of time spent in providing a box, along with money and human effort, as drones are cheap to operate and also reliable.
Drones can be equipped to scan for dangerous spaces such as mine entrances and pit walls. It can also provide much more accurate maps cost-effectively. A drone equipped with multi-spectral vision devices can also be used to scan areas for the presence of desired ores, giving more reliable results faster.
As compared to a helicopter, a drone can more efficiently deliver fire-control agents, more precisely due to its superior mobility in tight spaces. Since a drone is enfeebling, it also does not endanger the life of a pilot or an operator.
Drones were originally used for use in the military, as dummy targets or as decoys. Today, drones have varied and far-reaching consequences, the biggest among which is its potential to save human life. Military application of drones varies from surveying an area for insurgents to delivering missiles or even nuclear payload with pinpoint accuracy, all the while without endangering a single human life.
Many places on the planet are not quickly accessible to humans. Over here, Drones that have integrated cameras can aid in understanding such landscapes and prepare accurate 3D maps for the same.
Drones can offer a cheap way to continually monitor a pre-existing system for faults or failures, such as transmission lines, construction sites, mine shafts, seals, etc.
Sample collection and Research
Specially equipped drones, with its ability to reach and maneuver in tight spaces and openings, can tolerate extreme conditions, all the while hosting a wide array of sensors. This has provided a new way to explore and research hard to reach places by humans, such as volcanoes, chemically/biologically contaminated sites, etc. and collect and retrieve samples from the same.
Surveillance and Monitoring
Drones can be used to monitor zones of interest for illegal/unwanted activities remotely and relay real-time information, allowing for a swift response, such as wildlife protection reserves for poachers, rainforests for loggers, etc.
Search and Rescue
In an extremely time-sensitive operation such as S&R, a drone can provide superior search data with thermal images of trapped humans or animals, quicker and for less cost than a conventional helicopter. Drones can also deliver food packages to affected areas, long ahead of the arrival of relief.
Drones can be launched into low-earth orbit to enable wireless communication to specific parts of the globe. Alternatively, drones can also be launched into deep space in pre-defined trajectories that would allow scientists on Earth to study our vast galaxy and its different cosmic phenomenons.
Telecommunications Network Expansion
Big companies, like Facebook and Google, are investing in individual drone technology to enable internet access to virtually everywhere on the planet, either through full-fledged solar-powered drones or through balloons.
With a wide variety of sensors and excellent cameras, drones can collect data critical for weather forecasts and understanding phenomena like hurricanes and tornadoes to study their occurrences and patterns.
Outside of such business/industrial applications, drones have also been actively adopted by consumers for recreational/hobbyist purposes, aerial photography, recording high-altitude video footage, etc. We feel that it is merely a beginning for the vast implications that drone technology can or will have on our daily lives. Incredible technologies remain yet to be integrated into modern society. This raises the possibility that Drones might be even more versatile than we presently think, as maybe key technologies where drones might prove critical remain a twinkle in the eye of an inventor somewhere in the world.