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July 12, 2016updated 07 Feb 2017 9:37am

What is a drone?

Amazon, Lady Gaga, Domino's pizza - all have embraced drones.

By Joao Lima

A drone is an aircraft or flying device which does not have a human pilot onboard.

Officially named an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a drone can be flown autonomously by on-board computers or via remote control by a human pilot.

The drone originated in the military and were used for missions deemed too risky for humans. The history of the drone can be charted back to as early as 1849 when Austria sent unmanned, bomb-filled balloons to attack Venice.

Although drones have their origins in the military, the use of such devices in commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications is expanding. In fact, as per 2015 figures, there are now more civilian drones than military drones.

 

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Recently, drones have captured the public’s imagination, having come out of the shadows of military-only use.

Amazon is just one example of how big tech giant’s are trying to leverage drone technology. Amazon made its first drone delivery in Cambridge, UK as part of a trial, where a product was delivered to the customer just 13 minutes after the order was placed.

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The Amazon drones have been designed to lift off delivery items and land vertically. It can also fly up to an altitude of 400 ft with a range of 10 miles and can carry package with size of a shoe-box, weighing up to 2.3kg.

Amazon is not the only company using drones – Domino’s have delivered pizza via drone and Intel performed a duet with Lady Gaga using drones at the 2017 Super Bowl.

According to Markets and Markets, the drone market is expected to be worth $5.59bn by 2020.

 

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