When you hear about drones doing jobs for companies, you imagine patrol duties. These duties involve security detail where the drones fly around an area and checking the perimeter for order. Drones can also deliver goods from one point to another. The gist of it is, when a drone comes into the picture, you know they will take to the skies. They can also do tasks required at a shorter time period, while also doing it more efficiently. Indeed, manpower may soon be coming to an end, and drone utility is on the rise.
Introducing Drilling Drones
A different type of drone may soon help the scientific world in its own unique way. In the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), they have drones that drill holes. Yes, these drones do not fly off hundreds of feet into the air. They stay grounded – literally. Armed with a power drill, they can dig holes in the ground faster than manually doing it.
The digger drones are not perfect, however. They are far from perfect, to be precise, as the drones face a number of problems at work. First off, the battery is a main concern. Regular drones only have enough of a lifespan in one charging to fly around. Having a powerful (and energy-guzzling) drill that requires its priority can shorten the lifespan even more. How will this work, especially in larger fields and territories? If the drone flies from the source, it may not have enough energy left to do the job – let alone fly back.
A solution suggested is a more traditional approach. Instead of the drone flying from the base to the target, they might be driven there. Yes, instead of a full frontal approach and risk depleting the drone’s already limited battery, carrying them to places may be for the best. When workers carry them to the area, the drone retains its battery life so it can use it for both the flight and drilling parts.