sbfriedman Wrote: We all know that the national dialog, or lack thereof, over drones is centered around their use for military reasons. And, that conversation gives me great pause. But, I want to instead consider the use of this technology for a moment in other domains, as new technology should not be feared completely just because man's first instinct is to use it to kill other men. I mean, drones can and seemingly will usher in a huge range of jobs and services that can make life's tasks easier, cheaper and wider-ranging.
A few fields that can and will be changed by this technology will be:
#1 seems to go to the world of Agriculture. Here's a great article detailing the strides made in this department with drone usage. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/26/unmanned-drones-may-have-their-greatest-impact-on-agriculture.html
Another article http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/8-cool-uses-drones-130325.htm sights these areas being revolutionized by drone tech:
Real estate sales, surveillance and data collection, sports photography, highway patrol, wildlife and atmospheric research, hunting and anti-hunting, disaster relief and environmental compliance.
While some of these, especially surveillance and data collection continue to pretty much scare me with thoughts of BIG BROTHER, the others make me feel that this technology can and will be a great tool for us in the years to come.
Care to throw in your opinion on the matter? Can you think of someplace else drones could actually help us? Or perhaps even a brand new domain that drones will usher in that's not Orwellian in nature? ... I'm trying to be optimistic here, please indulge me. :)
michaels39301 Wrote: I understand what you're saying Dutch, here in Meridian they had us on that control tower list, but we were saved because of the fact that we have the longest runways in the state. The President has landed here, as well as other 747s, so we were removed from that list. Insofar as drones, as long as they fly under some minimal threshold, wouldn't it be just like anything else lofted into the lower atmosphere, and be unregulated? I sure am no expert, but I believe some minimum altitude has to be reached before the airspace is considered as "controlled". Once this altitude is surpassed it IS controlled airspace, and regardless of whether or not control towers are in operation, the rules and laws are still in effect. It is just the enforcement that will suffer.