The role of UAV in defense is growing at steady rate. UAVs are currently being used for a number of missions, including reconnaissance, surveillance and attack roles. But they are not just limited to the battlefield anymore. Today, drones are being used in agriculture, disaster relief and management, traffic management, etc. Drones have evolved from being just an element out of Sci-Fi movies to a force to reckon with on the Warfield.
Over the past few years, drones have emerged as a significant tool for future computing. The consumer drone market is expected to soar in the next few years. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) market is expected to reach USD 14.9 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 8.12% from 2015 to 2020. The major challenges faced by the UAV market are air traffic management, lack of regulatory policies, and procedural issues.
If we look at the scenario in Asia, India is pushing for a new crop damage insurance scheme called the New Crop Insurance Scheme (NCIS). The plan will make use of UAVs or drones to access crop damage figures. According to media reports, the feed sent by drones will be collated with satellite imaging and remote sensing technology to assist insurance companies in adequate disbursals calculated on the basis of actual damage to crops in a particular area. Smartphones and online transmission of data will also be used in cutting down time taken to finalize the yield data.
In recent headlines, ‘The Know Before You Fly’ campaign has UAV enthusiasts to leave their toy home for Super Bowl 50. The campaign is a joint effort of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and FAA. Unmanned aircraft owners have been requested to respect the temporary flight restrictions (TFR) covering everywhere in a 32 nautical mile radius around Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
But it’s not all bad news. Turkish artist, Aydın Büyüktaş, has recently posted a handful of pictures to Instagram, where he photographed iconic landmarks including the New Mosque, Grand Bazaar and even Galata Bridge, from Istanbul. The almost mind bending aerial shots have been tastefully edited after being taken with a drone. According to Daily Mail UK, the images took months of planning using a 3D software program to work out how to make the landscape curve smoothly. These were digitally stitched together after being taken at different angles and altitudes with a drone. And the result… you can see for yourself. The pictures look like they came out of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.