Drones remain largely a mystery to people, even though there are a lot of varieties on the market for consumers to buy. If you’ve ever wondered how they work, you’ll be surprised by how simple it is.
Essentially, drones work much in the way that remote control airplanes do, although many are on a much larger scale, including the Predator and RQ-170 models that the military uses.
The concept remains the same.
A drone is designed to contain radio communication equipment, video and photograph equipment, as well as weapons in the case of the military. When they include autopilot capabilities, they become even more versatile.
Standard models take off much like an airplane or a helicopter. Once in the air, they are controlled remotely with a remote control and a screen that shows exactly what the drone is seeing. In the case of quadcopters, some of the most popular, each propeller is controlled by the remote, allowing easy maneuvers through a variety of conditions.
The range depends on the drone. Military drones can go as far as 10,000 miles, making them perfect for combat in areas that humans have not yet been to. Smaller models can to just a couple of miles, with others flying even less.
As you can see, drones are just big boy toys to a lot of people. Even in cases of commercial uses or the military, they are essentially just remote control vehicles with much greater capabilities than anything else.