Five Major Drone Trends in Aerospace and Defense

Increasing demand for longer flight times and increased carrying capacity is pushing drone manufacturers to consider different technologies such as hydrogen cells, petrol-powered solutions, solar batteries, and more.

Fremont, CA: The rapid change of drone technology from war zones to retail stores has been remarkable, particularly despite the negative connections and perceptions concerning them. Here are five drone trends in aerospace and defense:

Drone Swarm Technology

The need to monitor and control multiple drones nearby will become more acute as the number of operational drones increases. Much of the data created by drones is currently transferred to cloud systems for users to view and analyze, often not in real-time.

Edge and Fog Computing

Fog computing is a computing model that allows the data obtained to be processed inside the drone itself (the edge) before communicating with the central control point.

As the amount of data collected and analyzed by drones increases, the capacity to conduct this analysis at the point of the collection would grow in value. Many industry players are working on technology that enables a larger proportion of data collection and processing to occur onboard the drone itself.

Manned Unmanned Teaming

Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) technologies are most frequently deployed on rotary platforms such as the AH-64E, which collects various data from unmanned platforms and extends the team's capabilities as a whole. However, these technologies will continue to be implemented in a range of hypothetical sixth-generation fighter programs.

Anti-Collision Technology

The increasing use of drone technology requires effective anti-collision systems to ensure that they can be used safely in public places. As a result, various payload sensors are being built to ensure regulators and insurers that drones can operate safely and independently.

Battery Technology

Much of today's drones are operated by lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries, known to provide ample energy to operate regular drone flights. Increasing demand for longer flight times and increased carrying capacity is pushing drone manufacturers to consider different technologies such as hydrogen cells, petrol-powered solutions, solar batteries, gas-electric hybrid solutions, and laser solutions.

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