Now in 2015 we have seen a very significant landmark in the tech world… The worlds first drone delivery. It happened in the USA this summer. Now this “drone delivery” was only about a mile away from its source, but you can just imagine a future skyline full of drones dropping off deliveries to peoples homes. Amazon have a drone program in development, called ‘Prime Air’. They say they eventually want orders to be delivered within 30 minutes of the order being placed. Wow. Facebook have developed a drone that is the size of a passenger plane, that will circle the earth at heights of up to 30 miles. The aim of this drone is to beam Internet signal to very isolated places of the globe.
The usage of drones could be more than just delivering parcels and extending Internet signal. They could help agriculture. They could help energy companies. They could even help in the events of a natural disaster. No doubt they will be used by police forces at some point, and that is a little disconcerting. I know some people think this is very ‘Big Brother’ or ‘1984’, and I can see those points of view, but the world is changing and with it will come the implementation of drones. They will bring positive and negative side effects I’m sure, but it sure is exciting!
It will be interesting to see in the future how airspace copes with potentially a huge amount of extra aircraft in the air. That will take some serious negotiation. The skies will eventually look like the roads.