Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known today as drones, have enjoyed a surge of popularity during the last ten years through the increased affordability of commercially available models.
Although originally developed for military applications, the many uses of drone technology were quickly identified by other sectors. As a result, today drones perform key roles in many industries including the management of agriculture, scientific investigations, as well as photography and film. Drones have also become immensely popular for recreational use, with many individuals using their drones on holidays or engaging in competitive drone racing.
The image that springs to mind when someone mentions the word drone today is probably that of the popular multi-rotor models commonly used for film and photography. However, if you are interested in drones then it is worth taking the time to familiarise with the many different types available today and the applications in which they excel.
Types Of Drones
There are many different types of drones doing many different jobs.
The multi-rotor drones mentioned above, are amongst the most popular drones available today. Whilst this is in part due to the simplicity of their design, the combined ability of these drones to carry a camera and the ease of manoeuvring them with a high degree of precision, has meant that that they have excelled in the fields of aerial photography and film.
Fixed-wing drones function similarly to an aeroplane. Unlike their multi-rotor cousins, these drones are unable to hover and or take off vertically, instead requiring a runway.
This may be a disadvantage to some, but fixed-wing drones more than account for this with their greater fight time and ability to carry a heavier payload. Fixed-wing drones are always moving forward and as a result are much more agile than many other types of drones and are able to cover large distances quickly.
Another seemingly familiar drone is single-rotor drones. These helicopter drones have so far been less popular than multi-rotor drones. This has largely been due to their more complicated variable pitch rotors making them often more expensive than simpler, fixed-pitch multi-rotor drones. Even so single-rotor drones do other a number of advantages. As a general rule, a large and slower rotor is much more efficient than a small one than spins quickly. Helicopter drones as a result are more efficient than multi-rotors allowing for a much longer flight time.
Fixed-Wing Hybrid drones are relatively new development in commercially available drones. Hybrids are, however, expected to become an increasingly popular option for those looking for a drone that merges the efficiency of fixed-wing aircraft with the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of multi-rotor drones. Hybrid drones have recently come to popular attention as the drones trialled by Amazon for their Prime Air service.
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