After the introduction of drone in the market, we are seeing many improvements in this sector. These flying devices capture the imagination of ordinary customers and they are also usable for military purposes. Drones can be used for photography, sports, real estate businesses and many other things. The amazing success of drones can be contributed to their versatility. Drones can have continual improvement and as a buyer, you should realize their full potentials. Engineers are always looking for ways to improve drones and now we are seeing large sized drones that are essentially refurbished jet fighter planes. Every year, we see new upgrades and improvements that are introduced to consumer-level drones. We should find out whether each of these upgrades is relevant. However, there are basic improvements that should be considered as essential, when we are looking for good drones. One thing that you should get from your drone is better battery life. A big obstacle in drone usage is the limited battery life.
For many low-cost drones, they are not unable to remain airborne for more than 30 minutes due to the limited capacity of the battery. This is an area that’s continuously being improved and consumers are looking for affordable drones that can usable for hours with a single charge. It is true that there are portable charging units that are based on solar cell technology, but it will take many hours to charge a drone with this method. Some drone models contain a solar cell module, which can charge the drone while it’s being airborne. However, this could provide limited usability, because the solar cell module itself adds more weight to the drone. Even so, we could see that newer drones have high capacity batteries, despite their compact form factors. This is especially important for people who spend hours outdoor to perform photography or monitoring tasks. Another thing that we should be aware of, is that average drone users are not trained operators and it is very likely that crash will happen.
A good improvement to have is the collision avoidance capability. There are risks that your drone will collide with tress, power lines and other flying devices. You need to reduce risks by having a capability to detect the presence of other objects in the flying path. The drone should be able to perform automatic evasive maneuvers, so collision can be avoided. This theoretically possible, by using low powered laser range finding component that are directed toward the flying path of the drone. Another feature is autopilot and this reduces the extent that the drone should be controlled by operator on the ground. You should know the direction of the drone and enable autopilot to perform that. With autopilot, drone can fly autonomously. This can be achieved by setting waypoints before the flight starts. The waypoints may include routes, as well as changes in direction of camera, altitude and speed in each segment of the route. Operator will be able to observe and override the drone when needed. The operator could re-enable the autopilot, so the drone will resume the pre-set route.