Research, aerial pesticide application, surveillance, wildfire monitoring, advertising, radio and television and agriculture are some of the applications that drones have contributed to in the past five years.
Some of the most interesting advancements in drone technology is perhaps the use of “thermos graphic sensors, multi-spectral or conventional cameras” in many applications that include: determining crop water stress, detection of harmful weeds, providing support and assistance in forests. Applications have even stretched into the civil engineering industry where drones are being used to calculating earthwork and highways.
National Geographic has outlined 5 Surprising Drone Uses which include:
- Hurricane Hunting
Drones can charge into the heart of a storm without risking human life and limb.
- 3D Mapping
Survey landscapes with thousands of digital images that can be stitched together into 3-D maps
- Protecting Wildlife
Governments around the world are already using drones to protect their lands and the species that inhabit them.
- Farming applications
The precision agriculture movement uses technology to monitor fields, increasing yields and saving money.
- Search and Rescue
An injured victim of an automobile accident in Saskatchewan, Canada, in May 2013 may have been the first person to have his life saved by a search-and-rescue drone. RocketMine also used their drones in a search and rescue mission.
While hurricanes are rare in Africa, the remaining applications outlined in the National Geographic piece are common applications for RocketMine UAV Aerial Service Provider. Contact RocketMine to learn more about UAV Applications
- With thanks to National Geographic