The word “Drones” may bring to mind images of combat helicopters or fighter planes, but drones are much more than aerial vehicles. Today’s version of a drone, or autonomous aerial vehicle, is simply a machine that can move and work without the supervision of a human operator. UAVs (unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are part of an ever increasing unmanned air system, which comprise a UAV, an on-site computer operator, and a network of radios via which the operator and UAV can communicate. Each type of UAV has different uses, though all can take active part in military operations. The UAVs, which perform most of the job for military operations, are referred to as “firewalls”.
UAVs can perform a variety of vital functions in war, but for years they have also been used by civilian operators for a wide range of applications. Some popular applications include monitoring construction sites, locating missing people, broadcasting live news and events, and even conducting search and rescue operations. However, there are many uses for UAVs that do not involve the enforcement of law, such as photography, surveillance, target tracking, and weather prediction. Drones are not generally allowed in conflicts, but when they are, their sole purpose is to gather intelligence, rather than to fire missiles.
There are two types of UAVs, UAS (unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). UAVs cannot fly by themselves; they must be flown by another UAV or remote control system. The distinction is important to understand how drone use has expanded beyond the military into civil situations.
Remotely piloted vehicles such as UAVs can sense their surroundings, and with the help of onboard computer software can navigate through various situations and make informed decisions about how to proceed. This allows the user to take the machine into different situations and perform the functions needed, without the assistance of an actual person on the ground. A good example of this is the use of remotely piloted vehicle to deliver goods. By combining the delivery system with aerial imagery provided by UAVs and with on-board computers, companies can save a great deal of time and labor by avoiding having to hire people to handle the delivery process, which often proves to be more efficient and economical.
UAVs can also operate autonomously, and that ability alone opens up new and exciting opportunities for business. UAVs offer businesses the ability to send robots into action at any time. This is particularly useful for businesses involved in manufacturing, transportation or even utilities. By using real-time data available on UAVs during flight, workers can react quickly to a problem or emergency and move the machines into areas that need to be protected. By accessing the Internet on a laptop or other device that is hooked up to the network, the driver of the UAV can locate relevant information to solve the problem and send the machine into action, whether it is to pickup a package off of the counter or to fly an aircraft around an office to pick up an executive.
While the potential uses for UAVs may seem nearly endless, one of the most interesting uses involves their use by the military. UAVs, which are short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, are small, unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying a wide variety of supplies and completing a variety of missions. The United States military has been using UAVs as both weapons and surveillance platforms. In addition to providing military surveillance, they are also being used to recover downed combat aircraft. They may eventually revolutionize how we use our resources, allowing us to get more done in less time and at a smaller scale than we have done so far.