Drone Industry Reaching Skies
What is a drone?
A drone is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems. It is a flying robot that can be controlled by remote or fly autonomously using software-controlled flight plans in its installed systems, that work in co-occurrence with onboard sensors and a global positioning system (GPS). In 1935 the British produced several radio-controlled aircraft to be used as targets for training purposes. It’s thought the term ‘drone’ started to be used at this time, inspired by the name of one of these models, the DH.82B Queen Bee. Drones were more associated with the military. They were originally used for anti-aircraft target practice, intelligence gathering, and more controversially, as a weapons platform. They are also used in civilian roles like traffic monitoring, agriculture, delivery services, videography, weather monitoring, and many more.
Types of drone
There is a wide variety of drones available because the drone industry has taken off over the past decade. There are many different types of drones, and they serve many purposes as I mentioned earlier. So here I listed 4 types of drones that help us differently.
- Multi-rotor drones: Drones that have multiple rotors and propellers were created for vertical takeoff and landing. The purpose of having more than one rotor is to help give you better control over the drone’s position in the sky. One of the huge advantages of multi-rotor drones is their ability to move.
- Microdrones: These are the smaller version of a typical quadcopter. Microdrones are most commonly used by the British military. These tiny drones measuring 1″ x 4 inches have been used by the British military in Afghanistan to inspect walls and other structures, since their introduction in 2013. Although small drones are too small for most people, they can still provide valuable intelligence thanks to micro cameras.
- Photography drones: Drone has the ability to take the photo as well, and for large spaces, some drones can also use precision stability and automated flight modes to take pictures. Some drones can only take limited photos, and there are several drones capable of taking photos for military purposes. However, professional photographers will need a commercial drone that is specifically designed to take professional photos.
- GPS drones: Some specialty drones are specially made for GPS purposes. This drone is connected to a satellite using GPS. This allows them to map out their flight and create data you can use to your advantage. This can be used to map large areas. This requires a lot of battery power. The best GPS drones can return to their base automatically when they run out of power or exceed their operational range.
Which industries currently use drones?
The leading industries which are making use of drones include media, agriculture, gas, oil, and filming, etc. There are some commercial drone companies, who at present time are trying to integrate enhanced speed in their services to consumers and so, the companies are now shifting their interest to commercial delivery drones, which can offer them seamless delivery, and competitive growth in the market. The unmanned aerial vehicle or drones have the greater potential in delivering the packages to a location which is the new focus of the e-commerce giants. Drones are a natural fit with the world of agriculture as well, where farmers can benefit from real-time information about large tracts of land. Drones can help track almost everything including water use, crop health, heat signatures, and soil analysis.
Will the drone industry soon be an everyday consumer industry?
As we saw there are so many industries which are benefited from the use of UAVs. We can’t deny that the drone industry is something that is growing fast itself and with that, it is helping other industries to grow as well. Defense is the largest sector of the drone market at $17.7 billion currently with a projected growth rate of $10.8% annually through 2025. The Global Drone Market in terms of revenue was worth USD 18.28 Billion in 2020 and will be projected to reach USD 40.90 Billion in 2027, growing at a CAGR of 12.27% from 2021 to 2027. So yes I won’t deny that the drone industry will reach every home.