While drones are now a common sight for both personal and professional use, their origins can be traced back to World War I when they became a necessity. France and the United States both tried to come up with automated, self-driving airplanes.
Fast forward several decades and drones have now disrupted a number of industries: entertainment, transport, construction, search and rescue, safety, weather forecasting, and many others. We even wrote about ‘How Drones Are Improving Farming’ as they boost productivity and make it more efficient, as its top-down imagery helps with improved crop management. Drones help lighten the workload, lower production costs, improve accuracy, and tighten security, among other uses that have made them central to business models. Drone technology continues to make its way into industries that have even partnered together to create new services of their own.
A successful partnership
One of the most recent developments is a medicine delivery service by UPS Flight Forward and drugstore chain CVS. These types of deliveries are the first of their kind. They will help save lives as the drones will be able to deliver urgent medication for customers in rural areas, or for those who are simply unable to access a pharmacy. The program has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and has seen two maiden voyages already with a Matternet-built M2 drone. During both flights, the drone flew autonomously while being monitored carefully by an operator. Packages were delivered with a cable and winch after the drones hovered 20 feet over the delivery address. The two companies hope that this will only be the start of what they would like to launch as a legitimate medicine delivery service to enhance customers’ and patients’ experience.
Flying your own drone
Drones are no longer a concept associated with science fiction. Anyone can learn to fly a drone. HP recently published a guide on the best consumer flying drones in 2019, where they emphasize how versatile drone are by nature. Whether it’s for recreational use, aerial photography, or anything else you set your mind to, it’s imperative that you learn the basics of flying a drone to maximize its many uses. Many people may think that its controllers are as simple in video games, but navigation poses an extra challenge––as do external factors like the wind and weather.
Knowing the basics
Don’t be pressured to jump into using a high-end drone right away, as there are a number of beginner-friendly models for first-time users. These are more advisable as they soften the blow of crashing frequently and struggling with take-offs and landings. Practice frequently in open areas, flying in circles and figure 8s until you get the hang of it. If this becomes a hobby you’re seriously considering, you also need to familiarize yourself with drone safety rules like no-fly zones, proper flying times, and regulations that may be specific to your area. The FAA now requires drone registration according to the rules followed when you fly, or depending on what kind of drone user you are. Make sure you address this immediately so you can continue to fly smoothly and successfully.