Facebook wants to use drones to sustain itself, so it bought a tiny drone company, saying that it wants to help make Internet available to the 2/3 of the population that doesn’t have it yet. Now Google has bought a drone company, Titan Aerospace, of Moriarty, New Mexico, to help make the Internet ubiquitous.
But what about everyday citizens? If these big companies can use drones, then can’t we? A recent court ruling made it okay for companies to use commercial drones.
“…a judge clipped the FAA’s wings, ruling that the agency doesn’t have the authority to regulate small unmanned drones.”
Graffiti artist KATSU’s new drone can hold a can of spray paint to make art in public spaces. The drone lets him spray walls and surfaces in high up or hard to reach places, like on the sides of tall buildings.
The Texas group Texas EquuSearch uses drones to find missing people.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the idea of using drones to deliver packages in a letter to shareholders.
Drones can also be used for land surveying, aerial photography, and map-making.
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College serves as an interdisciplinary resource center for people to learn about drones for all kinds of purposes.