Can Drones Leapfrog Missing Infrastructure?


Rather than use drones to deliver books from Amazon, why not use them to drop off supplies to The Amazon?

Many are now exploring the concept of using a network of drones to deliver humanitarian aid and other cargo to areas that are inaccessible by traditional infrastructure. According to Andreas Raptopoulos, the CEO of one such start-up company, “… the new system would be used to leapfrog the building of infrastructure, in the same way mobile networks have overtaken fixed lines in poorly connected countries.”

The reality is that drones would require an infrastructure of their very own that takes into account the drones themselves, the software to run them and landing stations. In addition, due to a drone’s limited battery life, a network of ground stations in close proximity to one another would be necessary. And that’s to say nothing of the safety and air space regulations needed.

As drone technology and infrastructure advance, we will see more of what’s possible. Until then, be prepared to hear this discussion “drone on.”


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