The New Era of Civilian Drones Essay

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The New Era of Civilian Drones Our life has changed significantly with the help of technology and so has our aviation. The sky that once was occupied with hot-air balloons, then airplanes, is now holding flying robots. These flying robots are called by different names such as drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA). Although drones are pilotless, they require technology on the ground which is controlled by human (Gosztola, par.9). For some people, drones seem novel; however, they have existed for more than 50 years, extensively used by the military for surveillance and air strikes in dangerous situations (Elias 2). These pilotless aircraft are moving toward the public sector and commercial interests, including law enforcement, aerial imaging, scientific research, farm management, deliveries, hobbies, etc. (Elias 2). There are several types of drones, which come in all shapes and sizes, to serve different purposes. Micro-drones can be as small as insects, while other drones can be as big as a small helicopter with a quad-copter frame (Henriques, par.6). Because there are many types of vehicles other than drones traveling in the sky, people are paying a great deal of attention to the safety of keeping unmanned aircraft from colliding with other air traffic. There are also concerns about privacy since drones can carry cameras to capture imagery. Non-military drones can be risky and intrusive; however, they are beneficial to the environment, business, and public security. First, unmanned aerial systems have positive effects on environment. By attaching cameras on aerial drones, conservation researchers and government agency can observe changes in topography (erosion, deforestation, and expansion), manage disaster risks, monitor illegal activities (banned hunting, fishing, trading), and monitor the levels of endangered species

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