Drones are being implemented in new ways and in new industries on a daily basis.  In 2013 DJI launched one of the first ready to fly (RTF) drones, the Phantom.  This drone had a nice body design that is now iconic and could fly for about 8 minutes. It was easy to mount a GoPro action camera to it to capture unique aerial videos and photos.  This was the start of the commercial and industrial use on a regular basis and were quickly adopted by real estate sale professionals for marking homes and commercial properties for sale.  

Fast forward 10 years and in 2023 drones now have a variety of sensors, LIVE high resolution images and video, LiDAR and mapping capabilities along with Thermal and Gas sensors.  All with flight times in the hours now instead of low minutes.

Just some of the industries where drones are being used now:

  1. Agriculture: Drones are used for crop monitoring, precision agriculture, and the assessment of crop health. They can provide valuable data for optimizing farming practices.

  2. Construction: Drones assist in surveying and mapping construction sites, monitoring progress, and conducting inspections. They improve efficiency and safety in construction projects.

  3. Real Estate: Drones are utilized for aerial photography and videography in real estate to showcase properties from unique perspectives, giving potential buyers a comprehensive view.

  4. Film and Entertainment: Drones are employed in the film and entertainment industry for aerial cinematography, capturing breathtaking shots that were once challenging or impossible to achieve.

  5. Public Safety: Drones aid in search and rescue operations, disaster response, and surveillance. They provide valuable situational awareness to law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency response teams.

  6. Infrastructure Inspection: Drones are used to inspect bridges, power lines, pipelines, and other critical infrastructure. They can reach difficult-to-access areas, reducing the need for manual inspections.

  7. Environmental Monitoring: Drones play a role in environmental conservation by monitoring wildlife, tracking deforestation, and assessing the health of ecosystems. They provide valuable data for research and conservation efforts.

  8. Mining and Quarrying: Drones assist in surveying and mapping mining sites, monitoring stockpiles, and ensuring safety compliance. They enhance efficiency and reduce costs in mining operations.

  9. Oil and Gas: Drones are employed for inspecting oil rigs, pipelines, and facilities. They improve safety by reducing the need for manual inspections in challenging and hazardous environments.

  10. Delivery Services: Some companies are exploring the use of drones for package delivery, aiming to provide faster and more efficient delivery options.

  11. Insurance: Drones are used for assessing damage and conducting inspections in insurance claims, especially in areas that may be unsafe for human inspection.

  12. Telecommunications: Drones assist in the inspection and maintenance of cell towers and other telecommunications infrastructure, ensuring optimal performance.

These are just a few examples, and the applications of drones continue to expand as technology advances and regulations evolve.