A commercial drone is an autonomous quadcopter, hexagonal, octocopter, or whatever other multi-copter craft that’s used commercially instead of personal or playful use. If you’ve seen the movie Independence Day with Tom Cruise, you’ve seen one example of how a commercial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is used. A large, cigar-shaped vehicle circles overhead and picks up an object, such as a football or firecracker, with its laser-guided antennas. Once it has the object in its field of vision, the UAV can either return to base or maneuver away from it so it can continue its mission. There are several different sizes of such UAVs, but they’re generally used in near-land and low-fly applications.
How do commercial drones work? Commercial UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) typically weigh about two hundred thirty pounds (nearly two hundred kilograms). They’re usually made out of carbon fiber or other light materials and their wings are retractable. Some models are powered by gas or battery packs, while others run on electric engines.
UAVs can move autonomously over land, in and above the water, and in all directions. In fact, many experts believe they’ll soon be capable of taking off and flying again after a UAV is “recharged.” These types of fully automated UAVs are known as UAS (unmanned aerial vehicles). It’s important to understand how commercial drones work.
One of the main uses commercial drones are used for today is in the delivery services. The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), the agency that developed the Internet and other technologies now used by every major corporation, is testing fully operational UAVs that can deliver troops and supplies to troops in Afghanistan. In addition, the CIA operates several remote-control UAVs as part of its torture and detention program. If these companies are able to use commercial drones for delivery purposes and as they deliver supplies, this opens up an entirely new market in terms of what is available to be delivered.
Another potential use of commercial drones is in monitoring the property for security and safety purposes. In this instance, the UAVs are merely watching. In this case, the consumer is the security agency. When a security guard is evaluating a threat, he can use his UAVs to analyze video footage and other data. This information can then be presented to an on-site supervisor who can make a determination about the proper action. In some cases, the use of commercial drones by the security agency may also be accompanied by the use of facial recognition software to detect a possible criminal in the act, which could then lead to arrest and prosecution.
Not only are consumer-grade drones being put to use for consumer uses, they are also being put to use for military and other government purposes. In the case of the United States military, UAVs have been used to carry out attacks against targets in Afghanistan and Iraq. The drones operate autonomously and can return to base without the need for any human supervision. The strikes are taking place with as little loss of life as possible, due to the reduced risk to human life associated with using the UAVs and their software, which are designed to minimize collateral damage. In addition, the strikes are allowing the military to concentrate its resources on more important issues rather than trying to track down a moving target.
However, recreational drone use is also becoming common not only in the private sector but in the public sector. Recreational drones are commonly used by the hobbyist or for short term surveillance. The most common type of recreational drone use is for filming videos and photography, either by using a handheld camera or an airplane. Other types of recreational drone use include filming sporting events, filming aerial pictures or videos of people and animals, conducting search and rescue operations, filming weddings and sporting events, filming concerts and parties, and filming wildlife and nature scenes. While some of these activities may seem questionable compared to legitimate business uses, it is still considered by most as recreational and there is very little risk involved.
There are many different types of drones and no one type fits all perfectly. There are many different uses for these versatile and helpful machines and they have many different potential uses. For instance, there are small UAVs that are suitable for easy and inexpensive delivery services, such as delivering packages, wine, etc. to homes, offices, and other establishments. On the larger scale, commercial drones are being used to complete deliveries of goods and materials, such as to the home warehouses and distribution points, which carry medical supplies, food products, and other large items.