Currently, the word “drone” is used to describe a flying electronic device, which can be directed by remote control (or even a cell phone) and, mainly in common sense, makes us think of a small toy “helicopter” that we can use for the most diverse functions.
The correct terminology to refer to “drones” is Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Within the UAV category, we have the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which are the ones that usually come to mind when we think about drones, and the Autonomous Aircraft, whose use is completely prohibited in Brazil. The drones that are sold in stores and appear on sale here on Promobit, therefore, are in the RPA category and that’s what we’ll discuss throughout this article.
Companies are putting more importance on drone programs in order to complete a variety of tasks. This means that there is a growing need for one software platform to manage all operations.
Companies can manage multi-drone fleets quickly and efficiently with the right flight planning software.
Uses for drones
There are numerous uses for drones in the industrial and business sectors, ranging from use in agribusiness to technology (such as projects that use drones to bring Wi-Fi to hard-to-reach regions), in rescue operations and even in product delivery. For this article, we’ll focus on the primary recreational uses of drones, which we’ll break down into three: fun drones, photo and video drones, and racing drones.
Specifications of a Drone
Please scroll down to know the specification of the drone.
1. Flight time
It refers to how long the vehicle can operate in-flight and depends mainly on battery life. In general, this time usually varies between 5 and 30 minutes. The advantage is that batteries with shorter lifespans are smaller and easier to change, as well as being cheaper. In more robust drones, the batteries are bigger and more expensive, but they have the advantage of lasting longer.
In addition to professional photo and video drones, several others have a camera attached, either to be used by the pilot in FPV or to help take amazing pictures of their activities. Just as individual cameras vary in capacity and quality, so do drone cameras, making it necessary to research model by model.
The range indicates how many meters the drone can get from the transmitter (the drone control) and still respond to your commands. This measurement can vary a lot, ranging from around 100 meters in amateur drones to 5 km in large equipment, such as the DJI Phantom 4.
4. Extra accessories
It is always interesting to search for extra parts that are compatible with the model of drone you are in, whether to replace essential parts if they break, to have an extra battery, or to give that upgrade to your vehicle.
The speed of drones is usually given in meters per second. It generally ranges from 10 m/s to 40 m/s on more advanced models. This would be the equivalent of 36 km/h and 140 km/h approximately.
6. Transmitter or Remote Control
The remote control, also called the transmitter, is the part responsible for sending your commands to the drone’s flight controller. It can be a kind of joystick or simply an application installed on your phone. More advanced drones also have a certain degree of extra sophistication, with the drone being able to identify external factors that can alter the course of the flight, such as wind speed and barometric pressure.
A drone battery typically lasts between 5 to 30 minutes of flight time on a single charge and can take an hour or more to recharge. But many times the battery can be easily removed and replaced with a new one once its charge runs out, as mentioned above.
The propeller is primarily responsible for making the drone take off, as well as the engine. Despite being sensitive parts, they are usually well protected by the drone coating, making them secure in case of hits or falls. Even so, thrusters are often the parts that break most.
The good news is that, for this reason, it is easy to find them on the market to replace a broken propeller, and their price is also usually quite affordable.