Have you always held a fascination in flying robots and wish you could control them? How cool would it be to have a job that lets you control the latest high-tech machines in awesome missions and locales?
The people who work in this field can be classified as the pilots of the new era, because the future is heading towards unmanned aircraft, or commonly called drones.
A Degree in Drones
A college major is now available for those who wish to pursue the study of unmanned aircraft. The degree is called Master of Science in Drones, and it is fast becoming a booming course given our insatiable fascination with advanced technology and machines.
Universities all over the world offer this degree in either a conventional classroom style or you can participate in virtual sessions and earn the degree online. The world is just realizing the huge potential of drones and their versatile application, and industries are waiting for the new wave of drone controllers in increasing demand.
Taking this degree would ensure that you will learn about development, management and application of unmanned systems. Issues related to the study of drones include system designs, training, regulation, ethics and policies, machine and human interaction.
Some degree specializations that are offered are the study of space systems, aerospace/aviation management and research, safety/emergency response courses, drone operation and human factors.
What is UAV, and How Is It Different from UAS?
UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and that is the formal name of the drone. The International Organization of Civil Aviation also dubbed these machines RPA, or remotely piloted aircraft. Basically, it is an aircraft that functions without a human aboard it.
In military applications, it was effectively used to fly over combat staging areas and fighting zones to drop either ammunition or other important supplies to friendly troops. It can drop its ordnance of bombs with pinpoint accuracy using GPS or an advanced radar system. It can also be used to spy and do reconnaissance without the risk of losing a human life. As much as drones sound like they were made for military purposes, the potential of what it can do extends to those beyond combat.
Drones can be controlled by either radio link, or they can be pre-programmed before lift-off and follow a set of commands before going back. They are also usually made of lightweight frames and carry control systems, payloads, an advanced propulsion system and secure data links. The pilots, if any are needed, are securely on the ground in Ground Control Stations, giving commands.
UAS stands for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and this goes beyond just the drone. It is, in whole, the system that controls the drone and its many applications.
Simply put, it is what controls the unmanned aircraft in any given operation to get a sense of where it is, where they should go, what they should do and to follow the pre-programmed tasks before going to the origin point. UAS can be compared to the widely known term Artificial Intelligence, but it is exclusive for the drones in the air.
How about the Drones for the Public?
Believe it or not, drones can be purchased by consumers for leisure, fun and entertainment purposes. Quadrocopters, or quadcopters in common terms, are some of the most popular ones because they are easy to handle, can fly long distances and are capable of doing many things. It is a small to medium-sized helicopter that is powered by four rotors.
They are under the rotorcraft classification and very different from the usual fixed-wing airplanes. They fly through a lift set by the rotors and take off vertically. Like your favorite RC cars and boats, these machines are also remotely controlled vehicles that make it so much fun.
Quadrocopters are widely used as model aircraft projects for the budding enthusiasts of amateur aircraft. Like UAVs, they can be fitted according to preference and used in a wide number of applications. Search and rescue operations can be handled by these machines with little to no risk in endangering human lives.
It can be fitted with a GoPro camera to create stunning pictures and videos that were only possible before with helicopters and equipment used for making movies. A good-sized quadrocopter can even be used to deliver small or light packages in great distances by use of built-in cameras and sensors.
Racing Drones Today!? and Delivery Drones
Drones and Quadcopters for Racing
Now it has getting much attention that there are places where you can race drones for Trophy and prize money. The Dubai Drone Competition which has just finished saw a young man winning the million dollar prize money!
Drone competition is very much alive and soon become a multi billion dollar industry just like the Formula One is. Drone and quadcopter manufacturer are racing to build the next generation of extremely fast and easier to maneuver types of UAV’s.
UAV for competition is really one of the great hobbies for flying enthusiast. The hobby of flying remotely controlled drones and quadcopters is really great to see take off. The science and technology nowadays is rapidly changing and unmanned aerial vehicles are no exception. Mastering the Science of Drones and or UAV is one that has its commercial application and not only limited to military uses.
For this reason I would like that this would be put out in the open so a whole lot of people will get more interested and keep this moving forward with more input on its safety and for fair and better regulation for its uses. Drone hobbyist should always put into consideration how this can affect other people as they fly their quadcopters and uav’s.
Drones for Delivery
It has been known that Big companies are racing to get their products delivered using drones and or quadcopters.
These remotely controlled UAV’s are can become a very much needed way in getting company product to its destination without the use of trains and rigs or delivery cars and trucks. All these land based vehicles for delivery might soon not that much of a use to bigger companies who deliver parcels in smaller or lighter amounts of payloads.
While this is now the reality of how things are being done, not too fast because there are FAA regulations. Before this can happen, the regulators on how to use our airspace has to come with a detailed and comprehensive study on safety of these Drones.
Safety of these drones for delivery is something we to understand and fully comply as everyone on the ground are affected. Safety of people and infrastructure on the ground should to develop and implemented before all these companies can start using drones or quadcopters for delivery.
There is also a Belgian project that has put up a video on youtube showing how they have accomplished a test flight of one of these great drone delivery uav.
I really would like to see how these things will unfold and how they will utilize the sky for all the purposes they said they can accomplish. Its really science and technology at its best when you look at how these are coming into play in our daily lives. For the enthusiast, its just a hobby and for the serious businessmen, its money and how they can be utilized to its potential.
Lets all hope that all these that science and technology advancement will bring good will to all of us and will not destroy us one day…
If you thought this is FICTION… its no longer science fiction!!!
Watch Amazon Prime Air Video…
Everyone who has ever tried a quadcopter knows that it is exciting and can leave somewhat of an impression whether you want it or not. These things put you behind a flying thing you’re in control of and it creates a similar experience to commanding an actual airline. Well, almost. The Fact is, it’s a thrill because they aren’t always cheap and if it crashes, the game is up.
What are FPV Systems?
FPV systems are first person views of what the quadcopter is doing in HD. Instead of always having to have
it in sight, you will always have it in sight with the HD camera that’s installed on the copter. These copters can fly in many places, It’s probably similar to flying a drone although I haven’t had the experience.
What is the Highest Quality in terms of Quadcopters?
The difference in quality between some of the quadcopters comes from the aerial view, the height it can sustain flight and the overall flexibility and steering that it offers. The FPV system is a system that allows the driver or flyer to maintain flight without maintaining a direct line of sight with the copter.For more info on go to: http://quadcopterhobby.com/
The best FPV quadcopter is the DJI Phantom 2
With this particular copter, you can reach high heights and if you lose contact with it, you can always stare at the dashboard to maintain the contact. The connection between the FPV can often allow the flyer to steer into deep caverns and fly some difficult terrain.
The FPV quadcopter is equipped with a HD video
and can capture some fairly high quality video if you want to up the thrill a
The Specs of the Best QuadCopter
The best FPV quadcopter is the DJI Phantom 2. This models offers a 20-25 minute full charge flying time depending on the conditions with increased stability for windy conditions and comes ready to fly out of the box.
It does have FPV for first person viewing and it’s charged with a 5,200 mAh lithium polymer battery whose performance depends on the conditions. It’s got a max tilt angle of 35 degrees and an angular velocity of 200 degrees a second. The weight of the entire system weighs about 1000 grams.
So why is the DJI Phantom 2 considered the best
The Controversy of the Drones by the US government
Check this out and see what I am talking about here…
The next video is really something you should think about…Just got from YouTube.com from/uploaded by I guessed Mashable
Drones vs. Government: Who Owns America’s Skies?