Drones over city skies

Britain’s skies will be filled with drones in the next decade says aviation chief as unmanned aircraft are used for surveillance and even shopping deliveries


Britain’s skies will be filled with drones within ten years, according to one of the government’s top aviation chiefs.

The sight of unmanned aircraft could become common place by 2023 once a ‘detect and avoid’ system is in place to ensure they can join the country’s crowded airspace.

The technology will be used increasingly for surveillance purposes and by delivery firms in a move that could revolutionise the way we shop, according to Paul Cremin, the head of aviation safety at the Department for Transport.

The Times quotes him as saying: ‘There are a number of civilian applications for this technology. I hear of a new one almost every day.

‘People are becoming resourceful, in the same way as when the internet came on the scene and people were looking at different ways to use that technology.

‘We hear a lot of stories about Amazon delivering goods to your door and I am sure there will be a lot more use of this (technology).’

Amazon created a media frenzy in December 2013 when it outlined a plan to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts.

In August, it was reported that the online retailer was asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

The aircraft can travel at more than 50mph and carry loads of up to 5lbs. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5lbs or less, the company said.

How google will deliver parcels in the future

In the same month it was revealed that Google has built and tested self flying drones designed to deliver packages.

Called Project Wing, it is being developed at Google X, the company’s secret research lab.

The firm says the drones could eventually be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas – and for package delivery.

Separate trials have taken place to test their effectiveness in crop spraying and in conservation by tracking the movement of animals.Also Professional drones are great for tv work.

There are also hopes they could help to speed up the delivery of donor organs and monitor traffic and transport networks.

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