Here Are Some Amazing New Uses for Drones

New uses for drones highlighted in Smithsonian Magazine

What can’t drones do? Over the past several months we’ve written about the many uses of drones and how they are not only changing the landscape of many different industries, but also the world. Recently, Randy Rieland put together a list of the latest uses for drones for Smithsonian Magazine and it’s pretty incredible. Below, we’ve shared a few of our favorites. Prepare to be amazed!

Spreading broadband

Earlier this summer, Facebook took another step forward to provide broadband access to remote locations when it completed a successful mission using a huge drone in Arizona. The drone, which weighs 880 pounds with the wingspan similar to that of a Boeing 747, would be a part of a network of aircraft flying on solar power at 60,000 to 90,000 feet. These drones would use lasers to deliver broadband signals to receivers on the ground, with each drone providing service 30 miles in any direction, writes Rieland.

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Medicine from the sky

A California startup, Zipline, is currently using small drones to drop medical supplies to areas of Rwanda without roads. The drones, known as Zips, weigh 22 pounds and can carry packages up to three pounds. They can also fly up to 75 miles on one charge. The company is working on getting an exemption from the FAA to begin delivering medicine to doctors in island communities off the coast of Maryland and Washington and in remote areas of Nevada, says Rieland.

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Checking aircraft

The French plane manufacturer Airbus is now using drones to look for scratches, dents, and other damage on its commercial jets, says Rieland. The drones can complete an inspection, which normally takes a person two hours, in 10-15 minutes.

To read the rest of Rieland’s article, click here. You won’t be disappointed.

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