The Many Uses of Drones: From Delivery to Disaster Response

Drones, sometimes referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are used for a variety of tasks, from the mundane to the ultra-dangerous. Beyond surveillance and delivery applications, UAVs are used for drone journalism, search and rescue, disaster response, asset protection, wildlife monitoring, firefighting, communications relay, healthcare, and agriculture. In the utility sector, drones are used to inspect power lines, solar panels and wind turbines. Real estate, journalism and cinema use drones for aerial photography.

Drones are a much cheaper option than renting a helicopter that needs a pilot and film crew. Drones are an all-in-one solution for stunning photography. The sensor environment that can be packaged in a drone can be used to help locate and save lives in the midst of natural disasters. Drones can be used to collect and deliver medical samples, supplies and medicines to remote or unreachable areas in a disaster area.

Drones can also use infrared sensors to detect humans by their heat signature, which is useful in search and rescue scenarios. Drones are already being used in countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway to find ships that commit emissions violations. Unmanned vehicles can travel miles from the port to detect emissions and identify violators. What do you imagine when you hear the word “drone”? Today, drones are used in many ways, including small item delivery, industrial site inspections, infrastructure monitoring, mapping, crop monitoring, emergency response, and safety surveillance. The use cases seem endless as more and more industries discover ways in which drones benefit their business.

And, of course, as global regulators begin to work with industry leaders and stakeholders to enable more complex operations. After World War I, companies worked to boost drone technology with inventions such as the Hewitt-Sperry automatic aircraft and the Kettering bug, an unmanned aerial torpedo. Drones are commonly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), while the entire system that allows a drone to work is a UAS (unmanned aerial system). There are many parties involved behind the scenes to support the smooth operation of drones, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the remote or unmanned technology that makes up a drone system.

Colton Morford
Colton Morford

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