Can Aerospace Technology vastly accelerate circular economy? What is the future of drones, now that they’ve become mainstream? A word from Drones & Aerospace curator, Guerric de Crombrugghe:
Drones were the paramount of specialists in niche industries. Today, thanks to progresses made in electronics and flight dynamics, you can buy one equipped with a camera for a mere 50€ – shipment included. The use of autonomous aerial vehicles is becoming mainstream for inspection and surveying. And the story continues, with a next generation of drones powered by new algorithms in machine learning, computer vision, and autonomous flight.
These are laying the ground for new services such as parcel delivery, pseudo-satellites, or even window cleaning!
As for space, we are all familiar with well-known satellite applications that have entered our daily life: positioning signals with the GPS, weather forecasts, or telecommunication. But there’s more! Myriads of satellites are constantly monitoring our planet, providing not only images, but also measurements of wind velocity, particle concentration, etc. This is what you call big data!
There are also many emerging projects to guarantee a worldwide coverage for M2M and IoT applications. Maintaining astronauts alive on orbit has also forced space agencies to think about circularity long before it became a trend. After all, why wouldn’t you launch your own satellite? It’s much simpler and cheaper to do than it used to!