A drone is an electronic sUAS (small unmanned aerial system) that is controlled either remotely or autonomously. The most common type of sUAS is the "quadcopter". Quadcopters feature four propellers to provide lift. Two propellers spin in one direction while the other two propellers spin in the opposite direction. This provides a very balanced drone that is easier to fly and control when used with the latest stabilisation technology.
Types of drones:
Multispectral: A high-precision drone with a seamlessly integrated multispectral imaging system built for agriculture missions, environmental monitoring, and more.
Dual Imaging: Capture accurate details with high-resolution thermal and visual cameras
The laws and regulations that cover drones vary by country and most now allow for the easy operation of drones. Some countries require you to simply register your drone with aviation authorities and sit a very basic online test, such as the UK and most of the European member states of EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency that sets and enforces air law for all aircraft including sUAS). When using the camera on a drone, you must also adhere to the local privacy laws for standard photography as these also apply to sUAS (drones are flying cameras ultimately). Always check the laws and restrictions in your country before operating your device.
The majority of use has been focused on photography and videography, security, education, surveying and agriculture. Drones are a very popular low-cost way of taking aerial photographs and moving images. Most drones now have inbuilt cameras. These feature gimbal systems that provide incredible image stabilisation. Drones are incredibly popular in education, with many universities and higher education establishments using drones in Geology, Geography, Biology, Surveying, Construction and TV Media courses.
Drones are remote-controlled (RC), which gives you freedom where they can be used. However, there is a limit to the distance and altitude that the drone can travel from you and in most case, legal restrictions require that as a minimum the drone is kept in sight at all times and that you do not fly over crowds or built-up areas or near other objects. The flight time can vary dramatically between models dependent upon battery charge. Top-end models such as ours typically last up to 25 minutes on one full charge. Some models offer an "automatic obstacle avoidance mode" that provides you with an added level of protection when you are starting out.
What do I need to fly a drone?
Although this varies by model, RC drones are typically operated from either a remote controller or from an app or software that is installed on a smartphone or tablet. Some drones are plug and play, and you can use them immediately out of the box.
Applications of drones
Firefighting: Quickly locate victims, identify hot spots, and screen for fire risks to draft targeted rescue plans while keeping personnel safe.Search and Rescue: Scan search areas to locate stranded persons and quickly dispatch rescue teams.Law Enforcement: Gain critical intel in conflicts or emergencies to make timely and informed decisions without putting teams in harm&rsq