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Understanding the Technology Behind Drones

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Over the past years, drones have become very popular. They became relevant to the functions of various businesses, as well as government organisations.

Their mass adoption keeps increasing by the day, and hence their roles have enormously increased. On the other hand, what exactly is this mind-blowing innovation?

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Most people call them Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), while others call them Flying Mini Robots or Miniature Pilotless Aircrafts. All of which is correct.

Drones are aerial vehicles that don’t require piloting, and it can also be termed as Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems. They have programmed flight plans, and they can fly in straight lines or circles.

The technology behind it covers everything from their aerodynamics material used in their manufacture down to the brains of the drones which are the chipset, circuit boards, and software.

A typical drone is made up of light composite materials to increase and decrease manoeuvrability. The composite material that is used allows drones, such as military drones, to fly to extremely high altitudes.

These materials are also very complex and lightweight that is a feature that enables the drones to absorb vibrations, and thus decreasing the noise produced when they fly.

These gadgets are also equipped with the various type of technological features such as GPS and infrared cameras which are controlled by a remote Ground Control System (GCS).

It also has embedded sensors and a navigational system. Some drones can quickly be launched by hand since they are smaller in size and are very light, while others such as spy planes are quite bigger and can only take off with the guidance of transmitter.

As mentioned earlier, drones are widely used due to their rise in popularity and the different tasks they can handle. Military or governmental organisations use drones in less accessible areas such as war zones.


Anyone can pilot drones these days. You don’t need specific training or need to have a company or be a part of the military to operate them.

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Nowadays, most people use drones for aerial photography, land survey for real estate purposes, and even food and drugs delivery. Also, theatre companies use drones to decorate stages. They are other ways in which drones can be used, they include the following:

  • Geographical mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations
  • Express shipping delivery
  • Gathering information or supplying relief items for disaster management
  • Unmanned cargo transport
  • Building safety inspections
  • Border control surveillance and law enforcement
  • Storm-tracking and forecasting of hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Transportation of organs for emergencies
  • Thermal sensor drones are used in search and rescue operations, etc.

The military developed its first drones in the 1990s to target terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden. The military uses of drones have grown so far.

Drones used by the military typically have powerful weapons that are installed on them. However, it is crucial to note that no drones have guns mounted on them.

Drones have as well improved accuracy, refined services, resolved security issues and customer relations. They have efficiently decreased workload and production costs in industries all over the world.

So it is clear to say that drone technology is continuously growing and evolving. Hence, the industry is coming up with new improvements day by day to better the future of drone technology.

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