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The Future of Drone Technology

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Written by MaskedMarvel   
Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:59

The future is in the drones

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Drones are now making more commercial applications than before. As technology advances, today, you can control a drone with your smartphones via a simple app. The market for both civilian and commercial drones is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19% between now and 2020.

The future of drone technology can have different impacts on different fronts of our lives. Among the many aspects are:

  • Military drones

  • Commercial drones

  • Drones for you

 

Military Drones

More than 50 different countries have embraced their drone program. As expected, drone aircraft are spectacular in both attack and surveillance. Military drones get used for a handful of reasons. They carry out missions from controversial remote-controlled combat to aerial reconnaissance combat. The reconnaissance drones are outfitted with high-resolution cameras while combat drones are fitted with weapons such as guns and missiles. It will not come as a surprise when drones could eventually replace most of the manned military aircraft, thus potentially saving the lives of pilots.

Local police have also adapted to drone technology. It is most likely that they are using drones to spy on suspected criminals. Probably, they use the drones to keep a watch on traffic problems too. But with all great technologies, there are always hindering factors. Not everybody is happy with the eyes in the sky. There are obstacles to overcome, more so safety and privacy issues.

 

Commercial Drones

As stated earlier, it is steadily gaining momentum on this front. Multiple industries are working with drones as part and parcel of their daily operations. This sector can and is still growing, hence considered as young. With that said, it continues to receive investments from big companies, major defence contractors, industrial conglomerates and IT consulting firms. With each passing day, customizing commercial drones is becoming cheaper. This will open doors to allow new functionality in a wide array of niche spaces. Soon, sophisticated might be carrying out everyday tasks such as fertilizing crop fields on an autopilot.

 

It can be a hobby

It is visible to note that the sales of civilian drones have risen. It goes hand in hand with safety concerns surrounding them amongst regulators and law enforcement agencies. This is because of the growing number of near collisions between drones and commercial aeroplanes. This is a setback to those who carry it out as a hobby. If you are an interested hobbyist, the best place to shop is your local hobby store.

You will as well want to equip your drone with a video camera or a digital camera so that you can be able to shoot videos and pictures while in flight. This is the most fun part of the drone hobby to many. Due to this increased interest in the drones, drone racing has become one of the most promising sports disciplines. Max Polyakov and Noosphere hosted the first drone-related event in early 2015, three years down the line, the sport has grown in popularity.

 

The Future

This technology is continuously evolving. Future drone technology is currently undergoing groundbreaking progressive improvements. Majority of current technology sits in the 5th and 6th generations. But according to experts, drone technology has 7 potential generations.

The technology generations breakdown sits as follows:

  • Generation 1: Basic remote controlled aircraft of various forms.

  • Generation 2: Mounted fixed camera, static design, still photos and video recording, manual piloting.

  • Generation 3: Two axis gimbals, static design, basic safety modes, HD video, assisted piloting and navigation.

  • Generation 4: Three axis gimbals, transformative designs, 1080P HD video and higher, improved safety, autopilot.

  • Generation 5: Transformative designs, 4K video and higher, 360degrees gimbals, creative piloting.

  • Generation 6: Commercial suitability, platform and payload adaptability, design based on safety and regulatory standards, automated safety, airspace awareness, smart piloting and full autonomy.

  • Generation 7: Complete commercial suitability, platform and payload interchangeability, fully compliant and regulated design, automated safety, full autonomy and enhanced intelligent piloting, full airspace awareness, full automation/autonomy (mission execution, takeoff, landing).

 

 

The future is in drones

With such a high potential for the future, it is no wonder tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook already have considerable steaks in the drone sector. The future of drone technology will be steadfast. They are expected to have improved their safety measurements and become better in every way. The technological capabilities of drones are vast, embrace them!

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