SA should be building own drones fast, here’s why

A Black Hornet nano helicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle measures around 4 inches by 1 inch (10cm x 2.5cm) and provides troops on the ground with vital situational awareness. The Black Hornet is equipped with a tiny camera which gives troops reliable full-motion video and still images. Soldiers are using it to peer around corners or over walls and other obstacles to identify any hidden dangers and the images are displayed on a handheld terminal.

The Pentagon has penned a program titled Replicator to build thousands of low-cost drones which is a massive indicator of why SA should be considering the flying innovations soon.

The Pentagons’ step to build an army of small, cheap drones with hopes of increasing United States’s drone production is clear indication of which direction technology is most likely to meander to.

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The age of drones and why?

While the war in Ukraine has shown the value of low-cost drones, it’s China’s dominance in drone manufacturing that has certain countries looking in their rear view in order to tweak their technological strategies going forward.

This means understanding that every country needs an edge and drones and the use of those drones forms part of that step forward technologically.

Why drones?

Advancement in technology has made drones more affordable and accessible to everyone. Drone battery life has been refined to ensure users get the best performance out of their new aerial tool for aerial cinematic shots.

Not only will drones revolutionize aerial photography, and filmmaking, by providing a cost-effective and flexible alternative to traditional methods, but drones will also allow filmmakers and photographers the ability to capture stunning shots from unique perspectives.

Adoption of drones in various sectors

Drones are fast becoming a must-have in most sectors, such as agriculture, construction, real estate and logistics. Their versatility has made them highly valuable tools for data collection, monitoring, and surveillance.

Security and rescue

Drones to date can be used in search and rescue missions. Equipped with thermal cameras and other sensors, drones can locate missing persons or assess disaster-stricken areas.

Defence in the military

Dones play a pivotal role in military and defense operations and provide capabilities such as surveillance, reconnaissance and in some instances combat.

The future of deliveries

Major companies will most likely adopt drone delivery services in the future.  This could revolutionize logistics, to enable faster and more efficient deliveries.

The continued evolution and integration of drones into various sectors indicate their increasing importance in the future.

Drones provide the answer to logical challenges, environmental monitoring and innovative solutions to agriculture, not to mention some innovative creativity in the film industry.

There are some concerns around the issue of privacy and legislation around drone usage, however a faster pace in setting up systems alongside the adequate legal framework to ensure everyone has the right guideline on usage is paramount, especially going into an unimagined future.

As tech moves forward, apps will develop faster thanks to AI, and drones will likely become indispensable tools for enhancing productivity and improving safety.

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