Drone Technology

When we utter the word drone and imagine the vehicle (drone), a scene from Ramayana pop up in the thought process. Ravana holds the Sita and flies in his magical flying chariot. So, the drone has its origin in history which we read & not witnessed.  When we go through the spiritual rich heritage of Maharashtra, Sant Tukaram Maharaj, a Marathi poet & saint is said to be left for heaven, the abode of Vishnu on the Pushpak Viman.  A Pushpak Viman (Heavenly aircraft, shaped like an eagle).

Today this Pushpak Viman is getting popularized as Drone: an unmanned aerial vehicle. These crafts are getting more propagated widely for many more reasons and operations. Initially perceived as a toy, drones are now utilized with their full potential. So, flying a drone is not just fun now, it’s more enjoyable when it gives you a sky view which was possible only for birds or pilots.

India first used military drones in 1999 in the Kargil war. Our DRDO – Defense Research & Development Organization has developed its own domestic drone-unmanned aerial vehicle & unmanned aircraft systems. Drones are working in all fields where humanity uses to operate; we can locate them in agriculture, aerial photography, rescue operations, shipping & delivery, 3D mapping, safety surveillance, wireless internet access, & many more to discuss. According to a report by FICCI and EY, the statistics for the drone market are going to touch $885.7 million by 2021. As per the report of PWC, India, the drone space is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18% from 2017- 23. Currently, many large companies are exploring the possibilities for the usage of drones in different states like surveying, deliveries, and many more.

One of the very popular drones in the market is the DJI Phantom series. These drones specifically go with professional aerial cinematographers. Drones are made of light composite materials to reduce weight and increase maneuverability. The nose of the drone is full of sensors and navigational systems. The rest of the body is with technology systems.  Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister for Civil Aviation has announced that the government aims to make India a global drone hub by 2030. The diverse verticals on drones such as transport, logistics, defense, mining, and infrastructure, others can build job opportunities and income generation.

Looking at another perspective, the selfie is the word for today’s generation, and posting them on social media is more exciting. If we imagine selfies from drones, how interesting will it be for the younger generation today? It is not only out of fun but looking at the safety of individuals, will decrease the ratio of accidents due to risk-taking for approaching unwanted or risky places for a selfie. Besides this, it will help to fix up a lot many people into one picture.

Drones will be commented as a popular option in the upcoming days as it contributes low to carbon footprint and integrates electric power into their systems. Almost 75% of our population still focus on the agriculture sector, with drones & innovation in drones, the future of the Indian Agrarian community will transform the traditional farming methods in uncountable ways. India is one of the giant players in the IT/Software sector, on similar grounds, it will be in Drone technology.  For India, drone technology will be one of the giant players in the world in the upcoming years.