Drones are becoming more and more popular with various groups, including photographers, hobbyists, and technology fans. They also have military uses, and they are known as unmanned aerial vehicles in this context. Here, we’ll take a look at what exactly a drone is and how they are operated.
Drones are remote-controlled aircraft, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Military drones are operated by satellite signals and can be controlled from thousands of miles away. For amateurs, however, they are usually operated by a remote control much like an RC plane or helicopter.
Many drones for personal use have a great range, although not thousands of miles! Many can be used 500 meters away, which is great for getting a good look around an area. Some also have LED lights, which means they are perfect for night-time flying and look really impressive too.
Different Types of Drones
There are different types of drone, ranging from kids drones, which usually offer a limited range of features and cost under one hundred dollars. Those looking for something more advanced can choose from many different brands, many of which offer cameras for taking aerial photographs or videos. Drones come in different categories – ARF (almost ready to fly) and RTF (ready to fly). ARF drones require some assembly, so make sure you have sufficient skill before purchasing a drone of this type.
More advanced drones also offer features such as follow me – the drone will track the user’s location and hover a set distance above them. Some can also perform tricks and stunts, such as flipping 360 degrees in the air. Certain models also have the ability to track their home location and will return when the battery level starts to drop. This is a really handy feature as it means you will never lose the drone if the battery runs out mid-flight.