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What is a Drone? An Essential Guide

We live in a world and age where the thirst for technology has soared in recent years. Due to the expansion of technological advancements, mankind has been able to create devices most scientists living in the 20th century couldn’t even dream of. One of the best technological advancements that were created this century is the drone and they are changing the way we see and interact with our world.

What is a Drone ?

what is a droneYou have probably heard many people talking about drones. These devices have been widely used in recent wars, either to scout or to bombard strategic targets.  These types of Drones have received an incredible amount of negative attention.

But, Drones or personal quadcopters and aircraft are also used by millions of civilian people from all around the world to record videos, capture high-quality images from over 50 feet up into the air and to perform jobs that were previously difficult or expensive to do.

In simple terms, a drone is an UAV (or unmanned aerial vehicle) that is remotely controlled by a person on the ground. In other words, a drone is an aircraft without a physical pilot in the aircraft.

Drones come in a wide variety of sizes and are used for a multitude of purposes. Each particular type of drone is made for a certain purpose. For instance, some drones are made for the military and were used in the wars from Iraq and Afghanistan. Other type of drones, such as the Predator, are used to protect US’s and Canada’s borders.  There are also solar drones, reconnaissance drones, monitoring drones and many others.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus ReviewIn addition to these more military style drones, companies have started manufacturing personal drones. These drones, also known as quadcopters, are specially built for people who want to record video from above or simply enjoy flying their own
gadget.

Drones also come in various sizes, ranging from small quadcopters that fit in your hand huge platform-shaped solar-powered drones whose wingspans measure over 80 feet.

Why Would Anyone Want a Drone?

With so much hype around drones, you’ve probably wondering why people choose to invest hundreds, even thousands of dollars in these beautiful little flying machines.  Speaking bluntly, the entrepreneurial and recreational applications available for civilian drones are endless. Everyone working in the movie industry, real estate industry or photography is eager to have their own quadcopters because of the stunning images and videos they can take.

Delivery DroneRestaurant owners are also coming to realize the amazing benefits of using drones as food deliverers. They can now deliver food in remote areas in less than 15 minutes or deliver small packages extremely quick. Journalists are also making the most out of these amazing devices. They can now make it safe to natural disaster areas or war conflict zones without having to endanger their
lives.

Sports fans can also capitalize on the benefits of quadcopters and record their favorite games from a unique vantage point.

The best thing about drones is that they are getting cheaper day by day. You can now even find recreational drones for beginners for less than $60. However, more advanced drones equipped with high-performance cameras can cost up to $3,000.  For a list of drones available for sale, see our quadcopter guide.

You also have the option of building your own DIY drone or assembling one. There are countless guides available online that could prove quite useful. Drones aren’t expensive at all, so each one of us can have our own personal drone.

Are Drones Hard to Fly?

Quadcopter pitch roll yawMost people prefer to stay away from buying drones because they mistakenly think that drones are hard to fly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most drones available on the market are extremely easy to fly.

As a rule of thumb, cheaper drones are often a little more difficult to fly, as they lack the advanced technologies to stabilize the aircraft , while more advanced drones that cost more than $500 are easier to fly but often a little more complicated to operate due o their advanced capabilities.  Regardless of the model though, quadcopters are relatively easy to fly with the proper knowledge and practice.

If you want to learn flying a drone, we recommend you to buy the Parrot Bebop. This simple drone comes at a reasonable price and offers the best features to enable you to become an advanced pilot.

The best environment to learn flying a drone is in open space, with no trees, houses or power lines.

Drones – Skyrocketing in Popularity

DJI Phantom 2 Vision ReviewDrones are becoming extremely popular for several reasons. First off, they can be piloted with ease and are extremely useful for a wide variety of purposes. Secondly, they do not endanger the user’s life. You can fly a drone having the peace of mind that you are safe.

However, drones have also become increasingly better at recording, flying in tight spaces and coming back home. Companies have created advanced technologies that now enable drones to fly autonomous routes, fly back to the starting point, go to a GPS location and even stream 1080p video live.

As an example of high end drone technology used today, DJI Phantom line of products and their autopilot system. Thanks to this technology, drones can get autonomous flight capabilities. This means you can pilot your drone even when you do not have direct contact with it. You can control your gadget using either a remote control or a tablet/smartphone up to a range of 5 miles.

Laws Regarding Drones

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.52.17 AMIf you are thinking of buying one of these modern devices, you need to be aware of three main situations that prohibit the use of drones.  First off, you should not fly within five miles of any airport. Secondly, you must not fly above 400 feet. Lastly, you are not allowed to fly above crowds of people. Violating these regulations might get you into trouble.  The FAA is releasing guidelines this year (2015) specifically related to drone and quadcopter usage.

Some places have specific usage guidelines for quadcopters, and some even prohibit them altogether, such as national parks.

Future of Drones

Quadcopter history

Helicopter #2 designed and built by Etienne Oemichen – 1922

Drones are just the first step in the long cycle of aircraft evolution.  Just like planes evolved from a two-winged aircraft back in 1940 to the stealth supersonic airplanes used today, similarly drones will greatly evolve in the years to come.

The US army is already working on a new type of military drone, a helicopter-drone. Each device is equipped with a 1.8 gigapixel camera, Argus IS sensors and tomahawk missiles.  Britain’s secret services also revealed their new prototype, the Taranis drone.  This unique drone can easily fend off any attacks on the country and can repel any type of missiles launched against military targets.

Commercial and small businesses all around the world are either currently using Drones or looking to use Drones to reduce costs, danger, and speed up operations.   Drones are opening new possibilities for businesses never available before.

The future of drones for consumers is also brighter than many would have imagined.  Soon enough, we will be able to buy stealth drones, mosquito-type drones or even bio-molecular devices.  With all of this in mind, we can see that drones are here to stay,  will continue to amaze us and will change the world as we know it.

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