DRONE MOVEMENT : THE RISE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS IN INDIA
From being recreational tools to becoming versatile machines that can perform a wide range of tasks, in a little more than a decade, the evolution of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), popularly known as drones, has been rapid and transformative. Over the years, UASs have become increasingly sophisticated with higher payload capacities. Given their ease of operation, drones have become a vital tool in rescue and relief operations for generating situational awareness. Now, they are being tested to deliver medical aid promptly in difficult to access places.
In our cover story, we have illustrated more than 50 uses of drones with the help of an infographic. This should give an idea of their potential for use in various scenarios. Another reason for their increasing application in various situations is because drones save time and cost when compared to conventional methods of observation and survey.
Given their increasing significance in the economic development of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared recently that India should become a drone manufacturing hub of the world. Our story analyses the drone manufacturing ecosystem and the opportunities and challenges that India needs to deal with to fulfil its ambition of becoming a global player in a more than $100 billion market.