In today’s day and age we’ve become immersed in rapid technological advances. However, new technologies are being developed so rapidly that it leaves old ones in limbo, trapped in an ever expanding market. Many of these “old” technologies were first developed for defense purposes in the war against terror, but as the war aged so did the technology.
The war on terror brought on a new generation of warfighter, the Predator Drone, whose media attention facilitated it’s entrance into the consumer market. Hobbyists soon started creating their own drones, some marketed towards military contractors for big bucks while others were cheaply manufactured in China for hundreds. In traditional economic fashion, the latter
took off. These cheaply manufactured drones became the new craze in the United States and we quickly developed a problem, mostly from irresponsible drone owners. To combat this, the FAA implemented its mandatory drone registration program in December 2015 (before new drones were opened on Christmas), requiring that drones between .5 and 55 pounds during take-off have to be registered with the FAA (its only $5). In just two short months over 325,000 drones were registered (thats more than the number of manned aircraft registered in the U.S.) and the agency projects this number to hit 7,000,000 by 2020. This spike will undoubtedly be the spur of a plethora of issues, so sit back, relax, and watch the future age of ethical and social issues in our nation (and worldwide) unfold.
Over the next coming weeks, The Drone Post will discuss these issues through individual facets of the drone industry as the market is constantly evolving. We will focus on a different issues each week pertaining to the recreational, business, military, and the media use of drones. As we step into this new technological area compromised of unclear boundaries, The Drone Post will work to keep you ahead of the future storm, enjoy your flight.