What Are Drones Used For? 31 Uses For Flying Drones and UAV.

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What Are Drones Used For? 31 Uses For Flying Drones and UAV. From Aerial Photography to Warfare

Drones or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are being employed in ever increasing areas of life. It seems barely a week goes by without new uses for drones being imagined and realised. So here is our list. If you can think of any we’ve missed then please add a comment at the foot of this page.

Aerial Photography
If there’s one thing most people consider when they think of uses for drones it is aerial photography. It’s a huge field with lots of spin-offs and niche areas. It’s the basis of the whole civil UAV industry and the entry point for most, if not all, drone pilots. Drone aerial photography and filming is an industry and a service in itself.

Film and TV Footage
Film and TV companies were very quick to take advantage of the burgeoning drone technology. They tend to have larger budgets for new equipment and the latest gadgets. The footage and shots achievable from hexacopters and octocopters carrying broadcast grade cameras have proved they justify the investment.

Perhaps you can remember that most aerial shots on TV dramas and documentaries were either created using a camera boom or captured from the helicopter. Now, drone footage is commonplace and while booms and helicopters still have their uses the new aerial footage has added much to these programs.

Aerial Mapping
There was a time when Google Earth and Google Maps was the state of the art but there is so much more to do with mapping the planet’s surface. Drones designed and equipped for mapping and programmed to fly in grid patterns are slowly building up a very detailed picture of our home planet.

Archaeological Digs & Research
It’s long been known that aerial photos can reveal clues about the history hidden in the landscape. Some sites are only fully appreciated from the air. You only have to think of the Nazca plains in Peru. One of the many uses for drones is in the field of archaeological research.

Time, weather, and budget can prohibit the use of manned aircraft at a site but a quick scan of the area from 300 feet using a small drone can be like switching on a light. Suddenly all is revealed and made clear.

Filming Marine Wildlife
No doubt you’ve seen in the press or on social media those spectacular shots of pods of whales or a mother and calf, shot from a few hundred feet. It has given us a view that was denied to most of us a few years ago.

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  1. J Whit on April 11, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Unfortunate victims?…..how about terrorist, enemy or you can even call them bad people.

  2. John GREEN Ferguson on April 11, 2021 at 1:15 am

    I’ve Thought Of A Few More…
    1) Just The Shear Pleasure Of Flying Around Like A Bird or Plane To See The High Views From Above & Also Being Able To Stop To Poke Around If You Want To!?
    2) Security Of Properties, Live Stock Accounting & Checking My Perimeter Fences On The Ranch!?
    3) Scouting Out New Hunting & Fishing Areas For Eating Game!
    4) Cheap USA Boarder Patrol Without The Billions Of Wasted Dollars Costs On Any Useless Walls!!! You Dumb Asses…
    5) Searching For Big-Foots, Origins Of The Giant Field Arts / Alien Signs, Lock Nest Monsters, Etc!???
    6) Finding Lost Treasures & Shipwrecks, Etc!?
    7) Checkin Out The Wildlife On Nude Beaches From Afar With Your Clothes On… LMAO

  3. Evander Farson on April 11, 2021 at 1:15 am

    You managed to make an exciting topic incredibly boring.

  4. Murray Cappel on April 11, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Murray Cappel

  5. Gaspar Baptista on April 11, 2021 at 1:16 am

    For plucking coconuts and fruits

  6. Robs Channel on April 11, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Used to own ? What do you do now ? Do you make more money telling people how to make money by flying then actual flying ?

  7. Murray Cappel on April 11, 2021 at 1:18 am

    You can map a wildfire with a drone.

  8. Fernando Ecamp on April 11, 2021 at 1:20 am

    one use I can think of. I have a house with lot of terrain in a rural area. the typical scenario is, 3am, my wife hears a noise and wakes ups , ask me if I heard it. Normally I will get up, go outside to see whats going on. Of course this is the worst thing I could do. If there are thief outside I just made them easier to get in, exposing myself. I would love to have a drone with IR vision and check if everything is ok around the house, from my bed!.

  9. ParkieL on April 11, 2021 at 1:20 am

    I just realized drones would be perfect for high speed pursuits,

  10. Guy Dutton on April 11, 2021 at 1:21 am

    I would love a drone to monitor my vegetable gardens with a movement sensor for rodents and high frequency output to send them off. Has this been done anywhere yet?

  11. James Moore on April 11, 2021 at 1:22 am

    great video ๐Ÿ™‚ you may of missed one, security patrols. im researching at present to use along side my cctv van and music events/camp site areas

  12. Curt Jed Amparado on April 11, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Drones can also be used in roaming your house at night, looking if their’s a thief.

  13. The Gooserider on April 11, 2021 at 1:23 am

    12000 uses?? If the CAA have anything to do with it. There won’t be one single use. Except as an ornament.

  14. Paras bisht on April 11, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I like it

  15. Kevin Shoemaker on April 11, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Outfitted with facial recognition…. intell or following an individual to secret location or possibly private investigator work

  16. Binod Kumar on April 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

    In insurance sector. Quick site survey.
    India is famous for all kinds of false claims in Agriculture Crop insurance

  17. Ciaran Dees on April 11, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Excellent thank you

  18. DIGITAL KARTIK on April 11, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Thanks u you helped me a lot

  19. Richard Griffen on April 11, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Wow Great Video! I am shortly to by my first drone and this vid gave me so many additional idea’s thanks so much for this effort!

  20. meep moop on April 11, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I like your video.It helps me to learn better with it and I knew how to use it after watching your video

  21. Capt. Jeff Caprine on April 11, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Hey brothaa – great explanatory video on what it takes to start an aerial drone business. I’m owner operator of 321 Drone-On Aerials and it was pretty tuff getting started. The problem now a days is there are so many amateur pilots not registered or FAA certified out there flooding the market that don’t have the experience and it up screwing things up for us professionals. Anyways -keep doing what your doing. Capt. Jeff

  22. JORGE CARMONA on April 11, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Excellent video!!!
    Good job๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  23. Marco blender on April 11, 2021 at 1:40 am

    A lot of redundancy….the 1) Aerial-photography includes many other listing , maybe you missed photogrammetry here?

  24. Nic O168 on April 11, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Search and rescue drones

  25. Hobbyturner on April 11, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Our local fie brigade has been given some to look into fires for heat spots and to check safety for the fire fighters to go in to buildings. Along side SAR… I could have done with one a few years ago when I was sent (as a volunteer for the ambulance service) to treat a patient…first FIND your patient!! They were nowhere to be seen after a futile 30 mins searching the one field (I used to be on a SAR team and used the skills but we think it was a false alarm.)

  26. Binod Kumar on April 11, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Painting large rocks for ads or just symbols.

  27. rfassel1 on April 11, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Well done. Good overview.

  28. Binod Kumar on April 11, 2021 at 1:47 am

    7:57, well that all in theory
    We understand sir.
    Universal problem

  29. Acashic Sky on April 11, 2021 at 1:48 am

    …as long as they don’t just stand there flying the drone while someone urgently needs rescuing! — Drones are seriously addictive flying toys and it’s easy to forget your own role in the rescue!

  30. Binod Kumar on April 11, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Agricultural Surgical Strike๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ป

  31. Paras bisht on April 11, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for making the vedio

  32. Satya Naash on April 11, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Drones rule the future, and im gonna become a UAV ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ pilot !

  33. Rob Wilson on April 11, 2021 at 1:54 am

    U forgot stalking your ex!

  34. GlobalTubeTruth on April 11, 2021 at 1:54 am

    You left out spotting illegal immigrants and clandestine pot farms.

  35. sunbladerr on April 11, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Thank you so much for the video. It will help me with an impromptu speech I have to do tomorrow.

  36. darren marchant on April 11, 2021 at 1:57 am

    fishing, flying grenades, mine surveys, house painting, window cleaning, & orbital debris recovery for on orbit recycling.

  37. David Nash on April 11, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Great video thanks

  38. cellblock776 on April 11, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Similar to the Police uses you mentioned in the video would be Private Security companies using UAVs for patrolling large facilities, campuses and the surrounding area. Example, I’m a Public Safety Officer for a large hospital system and our department has a Phantom 4 Pro Plus. I fly for routine checks of several wooded and abandoned properties adjacent to our campuses because several homeless/vagrant subjects often camp out in those areas and then come onto our hospital grounds causing problems. I also fly patrols over our parking lots looking for criminal activity and policy violations. If anything unusual is spotted from the air I can radio one of our officers on foot, on bike or in our mobile unit to go to the area. This is our department- https://vimeo.com/237840684

  39. David orchard on April 11, 2021 at 2:02 am

    To mess up Gatwick airport !

  40. Binod Kumar on April 11, 2021 at 2:02 am

    It can also stop Open Defeacation by photographing and warning Indian public not to do OD.

  41. Aadesh Sikchi on April 11, 2021 at 2:03 am

    What are the regulatory approvals for selling/partner for being supplier of drones in dubai/UAE?

  42. Joseph Dunphy on April 11, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Under the heading of search and rescue, drones would be particularly helpful in trench rescues, so EMS could assess the potential of compartment syndrome injury to the patient, where removing too much too quickly could harm the patient, and of course rescuing people in distress on cliffs, as high angle rescue would benefit from looking at the condition of the rope, particularly from fraying.

  43. Elaine Merrill on April 11, 2021 at 2:05 am

    …so no viewing naked neighbors??…then I’m out

  44. Vatsal Naik on April 11, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thank you! Brilliant video and much useful. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Paddy Brady on April 11, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Creeping on your hot neighbours only I have none

  46. Dr. Hunchback Gorillagirl, PhD, esq. on April 11, 2021 at 2:08 am

    #1-30 fun, fun, fun..ย #31.. โ€œImpending Doom!โ€

  47. Nathan Davies on April 11, 2021 at 2:09 am

    1. Create light shows with drone swarms
    2. Provide light source at night
    3. Locate/destroy land mines

  48. Masca Trails on April 11, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Some of these are pretty repetitive… 31 is a stretch here

  49. Ken Campagnolo on April 11, 2021 at 2:10 am

    bushfire recovery. (after severe Wildfires.) assessing damage to buildings, finding injured wild life across the huge burn out areas. durring the firestorm thermal imagers can safely pinpoint the hot spots for the fire fighters to attack, and best use there resources. when mobil towersa are bunt out or the cabling infrastructure damaged at above ground pits the mobile phone networks go down and drones can quickly bring them back on line over the area, emergency warning of the impending danger, via siren. i have seen them used above a fire ground where they transmit a warning message to any mobile phone in a limited 3-4 km radius. just a few more uses there.

  50. P.R. Mathews on April 11, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Oh yes……. dropping a light weight float to a person in distress in the water. Also, searching for game animals that seem to have gotten away after being shot.And searching for lost humans………. use your imaginationGod bless all

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