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The next evolutionary step in drone design

03 September 2018

According to some, the commercial significance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, could be as important as the internet.

The concept of ‘drones as a service’ has already emerged thanks to companies offering a turnkey solution for businesses. Large organisations such as Amazon and Facebook are actively developing programmes to use drones for the delivery of goods and internet connectivity in remote places, respectively. These emerging applications will increasingly rely on autonomy, and as such, drones could well be the first form of truly autonomous vehicle that is fully integrated into society. 

As well as being unmanned, drones are also untethered; compact systems that comprise power, processing, and payload. As well as operating for as long as possible on a single charge, they will inevitably need to be able to dock themselves in order to recharge, enabling them to operate autonomously almost indefinitely. This level of precise control and navigation is creating demand for new technologies and highlights two of the most critical features for drone development: motor control and navigation.

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA

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