Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Autonomous aircraft systems or UAS, also commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular in the recreational sector. However, their importance to airspace is far more crucial. As a measuring device, a rescue aid, a means of transporting vaccines or as a solution to the so-called "last mile problem", the applications of drones are numerous and deliver considerable benefits.
In modern agriculture, drones can easily contribute to the fast and reliable analysis of entire fields . By constantly photographing the surface from the air, these aerial vehicles can quickly locate less productive areas of a field and provide information about potential land. This results in far more efficient crop management. Without the use of drones in agriculture, the only way to check soil health is literally through time-consuming walks or the involvement of very expensive aerial filming services.
Support for Fire Departments and Other Emergency Services
In many cases, drones can be used to precisely locate outbreaks of fire and also possible victims. In this way, drones help firefighters in their emergency work.
Potential and Challenges
There is no doubt in the high potential of UAS as tools for multiple missions. However, there is much more to be explored concerning the fields of R&D that must be addressed to solve particular challenges. For accuracy during operations, like the capture of large volumes of data, drones require special technologies. They permit UAS to operate flawlessly as a unity or among a group with specific missions (swarm technology).