Tuesday, 31 December 2013

What is a Drone?

Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) and are an aircraft that has no human pilot on board. Instead they are remotely controlled from the ground by an operator, or in some cases by the use of an automatic computer system.

Drones are available in a wide array of shapes, sizes and configurations and a sample of common drones can be seen below:

Applications for drones have until recently been mostly in the areas of military and special operations. However, growing civil and commercial applications already include:

 Wildfire mapping
 Search and rescue operations
Aerial surveying of crops
Livestock monitoring
Pipeline security
Delivering medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas
Geophysical surveys for oil, gas and minerals
Aerial footage in filmmaking 

As countries around the world begin to loosen their restrictions on personal and commercial drone flights it is very likely that we will begin to see companies such as Amazon, Dominos and Zookal offering delivery of their products via drones. This may take the form of a delivery to your home or workplace, or alternatively items may be delivered directly to your phones location based on GPS.

In the US an important step towards providing the green light for commercial drones was taken on the 30th December 2013 when the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) announced that it had selected six research sites to help it test and map out the best way to bring unmanned aircraft into the heavily used American airspace. If the projected timescale is met, then privately operated unmanned aircraft could be in commercial use in the US as soon as 2015.

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Top 5 Personal Drones and UAVs from 2013

As the year draws to a close we thought it would be interesting to take a brief tour of the top five best-selling personal drones.

Although the current market is still quite small there is no doubt it is growing exponentially as further personal drones are released at competitive prices and with more and more features. 

Let's take a look now at the top five best-selling personal drones:

Number 1

DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro

Number 2

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter

Number 3

Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter

Number 4

Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter

Number 5

UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera RTF Mode 2

2013 was an exciting year for personal drones. Will be very interesting to see what lies ahead in 2014.

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