Is it a bird? Or maybe the plane? No, it is an unmanned aircraft, piloted remotely or autonomously, known as a dron.
Drones are everywhere and they can do everything – they save lives, they deliver pizza. There are more and more people around us, but with the increasing popularity of drones, there are completely new problems with their ubiquity.
In April, during US President Barack Obama’s visit to the United Kingdom, drones were considered so serious that the security services banned them from using in some districts of London and Windsor.
Speaking in May on the occasion of the inauguration of the new parliamentary year, the British Queen announced the introduction of legislation regulating the use of drones. The new law will guarantee the UK “a leader in technological security in the auto- matic vehicle industry such as drones and spaceplants.”
Although they are considered a modern invention, unmanned equipment was used in the 1930s as a flying target for training British anti-aircraft squadrons.
Today drones are no longer just military domain – they have found many civil uses, smaller versions are eagerly used by companies and private users. They definitely make life easier for us and they bring in a lot of good things but they also have their bad side.
In the gallery we present specific examples of good, bad and “lazing” dron applications
Drones can change the world for the better. In the UK, emergency services use them to rescue people in distress, and the defense industry is investigating how they can increase our safety. Throughout the world, wildlife defenders use drones to monitor animals and detect potential dangers.
Unfortunately, drones also change the world for the worse. Although they are used to defend against security threats, these devices may also be deadly. Some complain that their drones are spying and peeping. But, as others have noted, does it matter if there is nothing wrong with it?
Drones do both good and bad. They definitely make our lives easier or, depending on their point of view, they make us even more lazy.
What is dron?
Dron is simply an unmanned aircraft. The solution invented the army. The first radio-controlled reusable flying machines appeared in the 1930s – devices used to train antiaircraft units are considered the prototype of models currently used around the world. In the 60s during the Vietnam War, military drones equipped with cameras were used in scouting missions. The latest military drones carry bombs and missiles.
Today dron can serve anyone, not just the army. Smaller, civilian versions have found use in many different industries, as well as entertainment.
Can anyone handle a drona?
The short answer is yes. Drones are becoming more advanced, and at the same time getting cheaper – today everyone can buy a simple dron.
How many drones are in the air?
In the United Kingdom, more than 300 public companies and institutions have permission to use drones. Most drones belong to film, photographic and label companies such as BBC and ITV. Experts predict that soon there will be “small drones in the sky”. Day by day the number of individual users seeking permission to use drons is increasing.
Does that mean the neighbor can legally spy me?
No – just as it can not climb the ladder and photograph the neighbor’s garden or any private space. Dron operators can not violate the applicable privacy laws.
Of course this does not mean that no one will break the law. In October a 32-year-old waiter shot down a dron flying near his home in the USA. The man was arrested.
How much does a dron cost?
Landing drones can be bought for less than £ 100, but TV quality equipment can cost as much as £ 90,000.
What are the risks?