Drones The Facts Only The Facts Part Two
In this article we are going cover what are remote control drones and also drone helicopters in so doing share in depth information of both types.
As far as drones are concerned, their advent has brought about a new technological trend which is certainly revolutionizing their use in everyday life.
Drones can and will do a lot goods for people needs in the right hands.
Remote Control Drones
Remote control drones have changed dramatically over the years along with the actual handheld controllers themselves.
Technology has come so far that the drones have gone from a couple of minutes flying time and little added extras to nearly half an hour flying time with cameras and more while the remotes have gone from two levers (one to lift and one to steer) to a confusing looking device with an array of buttons.
Due to the availability of remote control drones and now affordable prices also, they are becoming ever more popular for recreational use with the market leader, DJI, reaching $1 billion in revenue last year.
Smaller, cheaper drones are available to the beginner that plans to fly every so often while bigger and more expensive models are available to those who see it as a hobby and fly often.
Remote control drones are now also being used in many industries making them more efficient with a little investment; many oil and train companies for example, use remote controlled drones to help fix any problems that may occur on a day-to-day basis.
A train company may use a drone to find out exactly where a part of the track may be broken.
An oil company may fly a drone out in the sea to find the exact cause and location of an oil spill.
Such is the advancements in technology; underwater drones are now becoming more popular because of their ability to dive deeper in the sea than any human meaning that we can access never before seen areas to conduct research.
All these models of drone can end up saving lives as they are completing jobs that may be unsafe for the company’s workers.
The remote controls themselves have had to adapt to the many additions that have been made to drones in recent years.
Not long ago, the handset would just include to sticks but now there are buttons to control the camera, a screen to watch where you are going as you fly and even ways to control the gimbal.
The gimbal is a device that can be found on your drone that will lessen and ultimately remove the effects of vibration thus creating perfect conditions for taking high-quality pictures.
Although the handheld devices have changed to an extent, the communication methods that the drone uses have changed even more.
GPS is now included on many models, this allows the user to know the exact location of their aircraft as well as set out a planned route.
This can come in great use as the drone will only have a certain amount of flight time so you can plan a route keeping in mind that it will have to return to you after 20 minutes, for example.
Wi-Fi can also be found on many devices which allow direct communication between the drone and the user via mobile/tablet applications.
The video taken from a drone can now be live streamed to the internet as a result and was put into practice by a New Yorker who live streamed the Wall Street protests to hundreds of thousands of people watching from home.
Bluetooth also adds another layer of communication.
Finally, the iOS/android apps have grown in popularity in recent times and now boast many benefits including; flying the drone (once linked up), changing certain camera settings to ensure you get the best possible picture quality as well as inflight telemetry.
Drone helicopters are increasing in popularity every single year, mainly because of the advances in technology that makes them so appealing but also because they are hitting the market by storm so are freely available.
Most drone helicopters are quadrotors, which means that they are lifted and kept up by four separate rotors although you can get some that vary from this.
For this reason, many of the designs are known as ‘quadcopters’ which is an amalgamation of the two.
These devices normally use two different sets of propellers; one set of two will go clockwise with the other set going counter-clockwise.
This keeps the device stable when in the air and able to quickly change direction in all conditions.
Due to the success of the drones, production actually begun on a larger scale version of the quadcopters but ultimately ended in failure.
At first, many people believed that a helicopter would benefit from the counteracting rotors instead of the front rotor and the rear vertical rotor (which actually produces little lift and therefore little help to the taking-off process).
Many test vehicles appeared around the world in the early to mid-1900s and were, at first, a success and were many of the early vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
However, this soon came to an end after many problems including poor and inconsistent performance.
Improvement was thought to have been made a few years later only to suffer again as the workload of the pilot became too heavy.
With advancements in technology in recent years, quadcopters have benefitted hugely from additions such as cameras, GPS as well as better and more efficient designs that now allow the user to use the drone inside and outside.
These devices are now small and lightweight making it easier to carry around as well as fly.
Quadcopters have also been used for research into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as a result of their efficiency.
Quadcopters are often cheaper than original remote control helicopters because of their size and their lower cost of production.
They are also known for causing less damage because they have smaller blades meaning that they produce less kinetic energy.
The risk of any damage can also be further diminished with the addition of rotor protection that is available that will not affect the performance of the drone.
It was at the beginning of the twentieth century in 1907 that the first product of this idea came to light when Louis Breguet designed and built a four-rotor helicopter.
Though it only flew a few feet from the ground a couple of times, it is widely seen as the first product of its type.
It would take over ten years for somebody else to follow up on Breguet’s hard work when a French helicopter designer built a number of different aircraft.
One of which was made up of four rotors and up to eight propellers (which included many clockwise but also counter-clockwise).
This device started with small flights but could stay in the air for several minutes by 1923.
This was seen as a success thus being the catalyst for all future four-rotor vehicles.
This finalizes our second part of drone’s facts only the facts. Next we will cover drones with a camera and drones aerial photography.
Look forward to our next article.
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