If Facebook Buys Drones, They Will Fly Above the Red Tape
The thought of Facebook purchasing drones may have brought panicky feelings in the hearts of people as they imagined what destruction would be wrought if the social media giant purchased an army of drones. However, it seems that people forgot to keep in mind that not all drones are equal. Most people regard drones, which are basically unmanned aerial systems, as equipment that’s only designed for their military application. However, there are many kinds of drones that exist and this fact is substantiated with Facebook’s possible acquisition and Amazon’s intention of using these drones as friendly delivery bots. Moreover, let’s also remember that these drones are subject to some different and unique regulations.
According to the reports that were found, it is said that Facebook’s possible acquisition of drones is to fulfill one of its most important aims; enable internet access in those parts of the world where it isn’t found. Nonetheless, the company itself has not commented on the speculation and rumors going about its activities. Titan Aerospace has made the unmanned systems that are the subject of the matter and their purpose is to fly up in the atmosphere in order to provide undeveloped and rural areas with internet connection. It is possible for these drones to stay in the air for a period of 5 years and can support a payload worth 25 pounds.
In contrast, the ‘octocopters’ that have been discussed by Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon are smaller and lighter and cannot fly to the same height as the drones. As people can assume from the name, they are in possession of eight rotors. It was reported that the delivery bots belonging to the fleet of Amazon can carry a payload of about five pounds and can travel a distance of 10 miles as their purpose is to get close to the human scale. The drones of Titan Aerospace, on the other hand, have the ability of flying to a height of 65,000 feet.
Regulatory restrictions are faced by Amazon for flying its UAS’s because it is the desire of regulators to establish safety rules about what can and cannot be done by these drones and they will also need to monitor how these copters travel over homes and buildings. Precautions will also have to be taken by the regulators for ensuring that they don’t crash into things and aren’t vulnerable to hijackers.
However, these regulatory concerns are not plaguing Titan Aerospace because their drones will fly in zones that are not regulated by the FAA. But, if they are launched over the United States, it may turn out to be a complicated regulatory issue. But, once they start flying, they can easily access places that aren’t regulated or controlled by the US. This means that new regulatory issues will be presented to the FAA by these aircrafts. It is estimated by FAA that by 2018, there will be 7500 in the United States, but commercial use of these drones shouldn’t be expected anytime soon.