Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, are revolutionizing dangerous jobs that are expensive, time-consuming and carry great risk. For that reason, the mining and utilities sectors are exploring the benefits of UAS technology.
Before the commercial drone industry boom of today, drones were primarily utilized by military and defense operations. One of the biggest revolutions in the past two decades of warfare has been the rise of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), that can do everything from conduct airstrikes to disable roadside bombs.
Are Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers the future of drone safety? Today, the potential inclusion of ADS-B receivers on drones is captivating the attention of those in aviation safety. However, there is disagreement within the industry about its use or feasibility, and particular concerns around size, cost and security.
According to a Price Waterhouse Coopers 2016 report, drones for business services has an addressable market estimated at $127 billion. The new drone technology can provide a variety of returns for commercial industries, and the construction industry is ripe for disruption. One of the last trades to adopt digitization, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, are set to affect construction job sites by creating better productivity and significant cost savings.
Are drones the insurance industry's next game-changer? According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), seven million small drones could fill the sky by 2020 and as many as 2.7 million of them will be used for commercial purposes. More specifically, the insurance industry is set to be one of the top markets to utilize drones. Why? UAS technology holds vast potential for streamlining and reducing the cost of insurance-related processes—from claims adjustment and risk engineering to eliminating fraudulent agricultural claims.
Many industries have been reluctant to utilize the revolutionary technology of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, because of cumbersome federal regulations. Fortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revised the rules in 2016, easing the requirements on drones used for commercial purposes.
The constant beating of mosquito wings you hear this summer may soon include the buzzing of propellers from flying mosquito-killing machines, otherwise known as drones.
Though drones increasingly become fundamental to contemporary life, from pizza deliveries to emergency response tasks, the discussion about their potential to impact urban planning and landscape architecture has been lacking. Nonetheless, these small but sophisticated devices are set to become a crucial instrument in the architect and urban planner’s toolbox.
Climate change is one of the biggest topics facing humanity today and, for climate scientists, data is everything. However, collecting data is rarely a quick or inexpensive task, particularly when that data is best acquired via a bird’s eye view of Greenland’s melting ice sheet or the rising sea levels on California’s coastlines, for instance.
How soon are we going to see cars flying through the sky? It’s 2017 already, so when can we expect The Jetsons’ lifestyle to become a reality? Although many companies are experimenting with autonomous vehicles, as of now all signs point to autonomous drones filling our skies long before fully autonomous cars are traversing our roads.