Can you imagine how awesome it would be to own a remote control drone that was capable of performing multiple maneuvers and flying high above the earth’s surface and delivering packages or gifts without ever leaving your office or home? Well now you can with the development of new and advanced software programs that enable the operation of such UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Many consumers and businessmen alike are expressing more interest in buying such high-tech flying machines because they can save a lot of money by not having to employ and train an employee. They can also deliver goods or services more quickly without putting the customer or delivery worker at unnecessary risk. In fact, consumers may very well offer the largest incentive for the developers of these UAVs, as they could receive discounts up to 75% off retail prices when they purchase one of these machines.
Before I answer the question, it is important for me to point out that the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) I am referring to here is different from the regular remote control model that we are accustomed to using. Remote controlled helicopters, which are often used by most households and small business owners for indoor and low altitude recreational flights, are capable of traveling at speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour. A UAV, on the other hand, is capable of traveling at over three hundred miles per hour. This difference in speed makes the UAV much more challenging to operate, especially if it is to deliver packages efficiently. If we were to compare the operation of a UAV remote control with that of a traditional remote control model, it is very clear to see that a UAV presents a more complex task for the operator.
The reason for this complexity is due to the fact that a UAV is generally larger than its counterpart. For example, consider the remote control helicopter that is often used in the outdoors. The UAV needs to be able to maneuver both internally and externally, in order to achieve a consistent flight path. On the other hand, a UAV remote control is much smaller, in comparison to a traditional remote control model. It would only take the size of an average human to operate such a system. Such size would also make it much easier for the operator to master the controls.
However, there are also times when the UAV would not have to move to stay in the air. There would always come a time when the UAV would simply need to remain stationary in one place. When this occurs, it would no longer be necessary for the operator to learn how to manipulate the remote control. In fact, the UAV would simply need to remain still as it collects data or images from an area.
If we were to look at this question from the operational point of view, there are actually two answers to the question, “How far could a UAV fly?” If we were to consider operational considerations, a UAV would indeed be capable of penetrating very low levels. For example, if there were a criminal occupying a building, a UAV vehicle would be able to go inside and remotely control it, with the intention of robbing the building.
However, from a technological point of view, how far can a UAV fly? It all depends on how sophisticated the UAV is. With more sophisticated UAVs being developed, the boundary between manned aircraft and UAVs would slowly disappear. Furthermore, as new UAV technologies are developed, the future will bring even more radical changes in the field of artificial intelligence, meaning that “how far could a UAV fly?” would become a very difficult question to answer.