Small, incredibly agile, and increasingly more affordable, drones now come in tiny sizes, perfect for taking photos and videos as well as larger drones capable of carrying high-powered cameras with optical zoom lens made for spying and illegal surveillance.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has deregulated drone use. The new regulations are designed to reduce cost and cut the red tape around operating drones in Australia, but many pilots and air traffic controllers worry that these relaxed regulations could lead to disastrous mid-air collisions.
While Amazon – the American ecommerce retail giant – might have to wait a little longer before it can deploy its drone delivery program, Amazon Prime Air, drone deliveries is a reality prisons around the world are facing today.
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Drones were novel and rare ten years ago, but now – thanks to leaps forward in technology – drones are cheap and easy to acquire for anyone. The militaries of 86 countries have some drone capability and at least seven countries have used drones in combat. In 2015, experts estimated that drone production would total $93 billion over the next ten years, more than tripling the current market value.
The global consumer drone market is expected to reach US$14 billion by 2023 according to Goldman Sachs research. Since drones are a rapidly expanding, fledging market with an ever-increasing number of drones selling each year, it’s hard to nail down exact figures and we may see these numbers grow even faster than experts estimate.
Flying drones isn’t as easy as it sounds – well legally speaking – there’s a whole lot of rules and regulations worldwide that any budding pilot needs to adhere to unless they want to end up in the ‘clink’.