“[A] powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely…”
#2 Shooting (film)
Drones make it possible for amateur filmmakers to get aerial shots sans helicopter. This is enabling things that the general population was never able to experience, at the same time cutting costs off of aerial photography in a huge way. Call it Zen and the Art of Helicopter Maintenance.
#3 Shooting (people)
The dark side of drones. They’re autonomous flying death machines used to fight covert wars. Drones role in warfare has evolved since the explosive-laden balloons flew over Vienna. Now drone pilot fly missions from half a world away. Or even weirder, drones fly themselves. And fire themselves. Having been equipped with artificial intelligence capable of identifying ‘terrorist’ patterns of movement.
#4 Drone Racing
Drone racing using first person cameras and a set of VR goggles is the good clean fun way of modifying drones. First person racing drones are available for a couple of hundred dollars.
#5 Surveillance Drones
In combat and in regular life drones are used to monitor things, people and places. FAA regulation limits the true range of drone usage in business surveillance. State surveillance of citizens does not rely as heavily on drones. Some have use in specific situations such as during protests or other large events. Agriculture is also an industry getting its share of milage from drones. A birds eye view of land using an array of cameras can offer farmers ways to track and monitor conditions. 3D mapping can increase effective use of resources like water and fertilizers.
#6 Hunting hurricanes with drones
NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Northrop Grumman hope to track storms as they evolve using drones. The Global Hawk will be able to fly for 30 hours straight, covering as much as 11,000 miles in that time. Swarm technology is also used in climate science. A team from the University of Florida is using drones only six inches long to form a swarm which move within the storm. The complex data collected as they go and helps to model complex flows.
We’ve just witnessed the impact of what drones can do during a hurricane disaster with Hurricane Harvey.
The multitude of particular drone uses are largely some variation on seeing something. Drones, like cars and trucks, are suitable for artificial intelligence.