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Drones take on non-military applications

Posted: 09 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:drones  UAVs  RC aircraft  robots 

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or more commonly known as drones, have a negative reputation for their use as weapons, invaders of privacy or annoying toys. However, drones are slowly becoming necessary in a growing number of other applications, attracting investors and making them a hot prospect for 2015.

Meanwhile, commercial drone developers are beginning to abound. Click on the following pages to see a slideshow of representative drones and their applications at work in the skies today.

Aero-M and X8-M drones

3D Robotics offers the Aero-M and X8-M drones for mapping projects. The drones are fully autonomous, following a flight plan you develop on your laptop. Takeoff, landing, snapping photos, and geotagging them are all handled by the drone's built-in control system. (Source: 3D Robotics)

AIMQ drones

The AIMQ drones from DMZ Aerial, equipped with a multi-spectral camera, can survey nearly 300acres of farmland in a single flight. The images can help farmers determine the growth patterns of their crops to help optimise fertilisation and watering efforts. (Source: University of Wisconsin)

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