Drones: are they good or are they bad? According to NASA, it’s the latter.
I’ve never flown a drone so my opinion may not be valid. However, I do know they are becoming more and more mainstream, so do you think we need a deterrent to keep them at bay?
Just the other day, Gatwick was thrown into chaos when a drone entered a no-fly zone. Now, it could have been an honest mistake but the fact remains that a single drone could down an aircraft or even fly into Downing Street or Buckingham Palace.
The fact is they pose a grave threat to safety and security, as the sky is literally the limit! There are deterrents out there now such as geofencing and even eagles are being used to swoop down and destroy drones.
A new software system called Safeguard monitors the drone’s proximity to FAA-designated no-fly-zones like airports, military installations, and stadiums. But how close is too close?
Should a drone continue to make its way towards the restricted airspace they will suffer a system failure and it will lose all flight controls, rendering it useless.
Don’t get me wrong, I think drones are cool and they serve certain purposes, but there has to be a level of control. Otherwise, something catastrophic will happen. There about 5 million drones worldwide at present but this is set to increase to 7 million by 2020.
The downside is, and I didn’t know this, but geofencing systems rely on GPS, which is prone to signal loss or interference. So it’s not exactly infallible.
Safeguard uses algorithms to track a drone’s movement relative to the geofences. Basically, this tech gives a more precise position on the location of the drone. However, it does say that cutting power is a last resort.
I have to say I would not want to see a drone tumbling down like a stone towards me!
Now the positives. Drones are being used to inspect wind farms, power lines, and even being used by developers and agents for property purposes so it’s clear they have their uses. This technology is as much for the airline pilots as it is for the drone operators.
Despite concerns about the negative ways that drones can be used, such as for terrorism or espionage, these positive uses prove that drones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, so long as we are prepared to regulate their use, drones represent another technological innovation with the potential to change the way we live and work for the better.