Drones originated from military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAV”).[1] A drone is a flying vehicle that is controlled remotely. As drone technology has advanced, smaller, less expensive drones have become available and are being used both recreationally and commercially.

Drone technology: A drone, is an unmanned aircraft. Essentially, a drone is a flying robot that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with on-board sensors and GPS. They are widely used in agriculture, photography, game ranging, parcel deliveries, etc.

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Drones have many uses, especially in instances where a drone can safely access areas that would pose a danger to a human:

  • Agricultural
    • crop spraying
    • crop surveying
  • Aerial inspection
    • inspecting power-lines
  • Aerial photography
    • estate agents
  • Anti-poaching
  • Delivery
  • Education
    • programmable drones
  • Military
  • Mountain search & rescue
    • locating people
    • transfer of supplies (medical)
  • Recreation
    • Drone racing
    • Fishing (illegal in South Africa)
    • Recreational flying
  • Search & Rescue
  • Security
    • surveillance

Drones and the law:

  • You need a licence to fly a drone
  • May not fly in SANParks and other sensitive areas
  • Privacy concerns (flying over private property etc)
  • Restricted air space (airports)

Possibly the best know drone manufacturer is DJI. Their website is filled with information and images: https://www.dji.com/


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle

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