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All You Need To Know About Drones

Maureen Eugene
By Maureen Eugene
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Drones are becoming more popular as more industries embrace the technology. However, despite their increasing popularity, many do not still know about drones and their significance. 

What is a drone?

A drone is a flying machine without a human pilot. The invention of drones began in the 1990s during the first world war. Drones now have various functions ranging from carrying out search operations, monitoring climates, and even delivering goods. Anytime you spot beautiful sceneries, landscapes, or stunning views in documentaries or movies, know that a drone is likely responsible. As drones become more popular, they have become more affordable for most persons to purchase. 

Fun facts about drones 

  1. Drones were built by the military to help penetrate smaller spaces where a helicopter can't. 

  2. They are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems.

  3. The first drones targeted terrorists. 

  4. The first military drone, the Predator, targeted Osama Bin Laden.

  5. Israel was the first country to build drones

Credit: Forbes

How long does a drone fly?

An average consumer drone can fly for 15-30 while some military drones can fly for 24hrs straight.

How far can a drone fly? 

An average drone can fly as far as 4-8km, about 2.5 to 4.5miles.

Uses of drones 

Drones can come in handy for various uses.

  • Military: For wars, surveillance, etc. 

  • Wildlife conservation: Drones have proven to be an efficient way of tracking wildlife roaming in the forest.

  • Agriculture: Discrimination of seeds on the feed, monitoring, supervision of plant growth can be done efficiently using drones.

Credit: Washington State University

  • Medicine: Medical supplies are transported to people in different places to deliver organs transplant in hospitals.

  • Photography: They are used for taking pictures of beautiful sceneries, landscapes, and aerial views of cities, beaches, etc.


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