Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (or UAVs), do not require a pilot to sit in the cockpit to fly in the air. People can control drones from the ground, and even drones can fly without human intervention. So what are the uses of civilian drones?
Agriculture and animal husbandry are difficult livelihoods, and it becomes even more difficult when farmers have to span miles and thousands of acres to inspect crops and livestock. Drones cross difficult and muddy roads, look for signs of disease from the air, inspect crops, and even use chemicals such as fertilizers or herbicides. Not only save a lot of farmer’s driving (and gas) costs, but also better manage land, thereby improving overall efficiency. Drones also help farmers guard all property and equipment.
I think the high-end atmosphere is upscale, let’s talk about it. If the ubiquitous surveillance cameras are not enough, now, digital cameras are installed on drones, and they constantly fly around our city in the name of maintaining legal order. Police must apply for appropriate permits or guarantees before deploying drones to monitor citizens, and some police stations have already done so. Police use drones to monitor and hunt down areas where drugs are traded, and even help rebuild crime scenes. Police can use drones for search and rescue missions; or take routine security scans during large, crowded events. Some manufacturers are exploring drones in more depth, preparing to equip drones with tear gas and other crowd control equipment.
3. Criminal ambitions
Using drones in a legal and correct way can benefit human beings, but these drones also expose the dark side of human nature. Criminals also use various drones to commit crimes. National borders (and the border guards stationed there) are a major obstacle to drug smuggling, and often make drug smugglers abhorrent. Drones provide the possibility for drugs and other smuggled goods to cross borders at low risk. Not only are drones difficult to find by the government, but even if captured, criminals may have fled from the scene to other places.
Scientists are always looking for new ways to investigate and study bad weather. Obviously, they are more willing to do their research in a way that does not risk their lives. So there was drone involvement. These data-streaming tools about stratified temperatures, cloud structures and even more during storms can enable scientists to understand the internal structure of weather systems. There are many weather factors that affect the intensity of the storm, but with the participation of drones, researchers can combine all the data to obtain better observations and better understanding.
5. Animal tracking
The cameras and GPS capabilities of drones are a boon for those who need to track wildlife. Natural resources departments and scientists often need to track individual animals (they may or may not have tracking collars) and larger biomes to better understand their habits. Without drones, scientists often trudge through the jungle and mountains, dragging bulky and expensive equipment for research. And drones allow them to move forward smoothly, observe habitats and animals from a distance, and sometimes reduce interference with animals. Drones have been used to combat poachers. Google is funding a plan to buy drones for the World Wildlife Fund, which have cameras flying over the air to monitor illegal hunting areas that threaten endangered animals. Small and almost silent, these drones are perfect spies for criminals who plunder the country’s natural resources.
6. Disaster Relief Expert
You already know that drones help scientists track and analyze the inner workings of a hurricane. Not only that, drones can also help after these huge storms and other natural disasters. After a disaster, authorities need to conduct a loss assessment in a timely manner in order to know how many people are affected and the extent of possible disruption. To put a lot of electronic eyes in the air, drones are a cheap and efficient way. Equipped with video and infrared cameras, drones can also perform effective search and rescue missions. They can fly over a wide and distant area and find missing people in a precise search mode.
They can help First Reaction Forces such as police and fire brigades find places to set up temporary staging areas. They can find survivors, even hear their voices or find out where they are. Even if the streets are filled with insurmountable debris, drones can immediately fly into the sky and begin providing critical data. This ability to start instantly allows countless lives to be revived.
7. Forest firefighters
Wildfires are one of the major threats to people and towns. Especially in the western forests of the United States, managers use watchtowers and helicopters to find new fires and track burning fires, but these tasks are costly and time-consuming. In addition to monitoring fires and finding new ones, drones can help firefighters develop strategies. They can track the direction of the fire, focus on weather conditions that spread the fire in other directions, and alert firefighters to dangerous situations. They can even drop flame retardants to put out fires out of control. Flying drones can also enhance cell phone signals and keep firefighters in touch with headquarters. This has brought great convenience to fire protection, because in many forest fire locations, mobile phone service signals are weak or non-existent.
8. Monitor oil and gas
The oil and gas industry needs to build complex infrastructure that stretches around, all of which are difficult to monitor. However, sending a drone will make it more efficient. For example, it is well known that offshore oil rigs are difficult to access. They are miles offshore, and thousands of them are scattered across the Gulf of Mexico. With drones, engineers on shore can check safety issues, detect oil spills, and inspect rigs to prevent unauthorized entry. Both gas and oil require miles of pipeline, making it very difficult for companies to keep an eye on them. At this time, the drone is sent to fly along the pipeline route, and its automatic camera sends back a series of images to monitor nearby or distant problems.
Drones are not only suitable for security, they can also be used to explore the earth to find new oil and gas energy sources. If equipped with the appropriate laser and infrared detectors, these drones can also study the terrain to find places where energy can be stored.
Seeing this, is it incredible that a small drone can play such a big role. China’s drones have also developed rapidly in recent years, and drones have played different roles in various fields.