Drone Uses

Commercial applications for small uncrewed aircraft systems.

Agriculture, Aquaculture, Silviculture & Viticulture

Archeology & Paleontology

  • 3D Imaging & Modeling
  • 3D Mapping / Cartography
  • Cemetery Mapping
  • Dig Mapping
  • Landmark, Petroglyph, Site… Documentation
  • Thermal Imaging

Architecture, Engineering & Planning

Art

  • 3D Imaging
  • Artistic Lighting
  • Cinematography
  • Culture Recordation
  • Dance
  • Drone Light Shows
  • Intangible Culture Heritage Preservation
  • Music Broadcast
  • Painting, Murals (“Paint by Drone”)
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Videography

Business

  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Printing
  • Advertising
  • Aerial Advertising
  • Aerosol Delivery & Measurement
  • Aircraft Inspection
  • Chemical Applications (aerosol & liquid)
  • Beverage Delivery (water, beer, champagne, wine…)
  • Building/Room Finder
  • Cargo Delivery
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Customs Inspection
  • Document Delivery
  • Product Design Innovation
  • Equipment Inventory
  • Exploration
  • Flare Stack Inspection
  • Flying Spotlights
  • Food Delivery (“burrito bomber,” cake, dry cleaning, pizza, prescription drugs, sushi, “tacocopter”…)
  • Instant Consumer Gratification
  • Insurance Claims Adjustments
  • Inventory/Asset Management
  • Litigation Imagery
  • Marketing
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Mining Management
  • Mining Transportation Planning
  • Oil Discovery
  • Package / Parcel Pick-up & Delivery (candy, dry cleaning, flowers, government documents, meds, parcelcopter, pharmaceuticals, textbooks, wedding rings…) Drone Delivery Improvement – Patrick Niyonshuti
  • Painting, Buildings
  • Parking Search
  • Property Reappraisal
  • Real Estate Marketing & Sales
  • Real Estate Photography/Video
  • Skywriting
  • Stockpile Measurement
  • UAV Sales / Leasing / Services
  • Wayfinding
  • Wedding Photography/Video
  • Window Washing

Communications

  • Cellular Network on Demand (WAN)
  • Cinematography
  • Dronestagram
  • Electronic Field Production (EFP)
  • FM Repeater
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Mail Delivery (parcelcopter)
  • Media
  • News Photo / Video
  • Public Address (PA) System
  • PC / Smartphone Apps
  • Photograph/Video Projection
  • Postal Service
  • Telecommunications
  • Television
  • UHF/VHF Radio
  • WiFi (LAN)

Earth Science

Environmental Science

Health & Safety

  • Airborne Pathogen Detection
  • Aircraft Collision Avoidance
  • Airport Bird-strike deterrence
  • Anti-Drone
  • Audio Surveillance
  • Avalanche Prevention
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Biological Agent Detection
  • Biotelemetry
  • Child Monitoring (“Follow to Bus/School”)
  • Controlled burn fire prevention
  • Damage Assessment
  • Defibrillator Delivery
  • Disaster Assessment
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Relief
  • Disaster Time Lapse Photography
  • Early Warning Systems (earthquake, hurricane, tornado, hail, avalanche, flood, tsunami, forest fire…)
  • Earthquake Prediction / Seismology
  • Emergency Beacon
  • Emergency Communications
  • Emergency Equipment Supply
  • Emergency Kit
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Emergency Medical Supply
  • Emergency Response Team Coordination
  • FEMA Documentation
  • Fire Detection & Prevention
  • Firefighting The Use of Drones in Firefighting – Jack Larkin
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Flotation Aid Drop
  • Forest Fire Mapping
  • Forest Fire Retardant
  • Forest Fire Surveillance
  • HAZMAT Detection & Inspection
  • K-9 Team Coordination
  • Land Mine & Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Detection
  • Landslide Prediction
  • Missing Child & Pet Locator
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Pandemic The Usage of Drones to Fight COVID – Riley Jacobsen
    • body heat sensing (fever symptom)
    • chemical facility disinfection
    • medical supplies delivery
    • public announcements/warnings
    • social distance/lockdown monitoring
    • test sample delivery
  • Person with disability monitoring / managing
  • Personal Safety Monitoring
  • Radiation Cleanup
  • Search & Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use for Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief – Liberty Burckhard
  • “Seeing Eye” Drone
  • Shark Repellent Dispersal
  • Ship Collision Avoidance
  • Street Light Analysis
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine
  • Tornado Prediction, Warning & Measurement
  • Vector Detection, Monitoring & Control (alligators, “dehogaflier,” feral pigs, locusts, mosquitos, sharks…) Drones and Mosquito Control – James Speck
  • VEMS (Vertical take-off and landing Emergency Medical Services)

Information Technology

Meteorology

Photography & Videography

  • 360° Photography & Video
  • Aerial Photography
  • Aerial Videography
  • Aerial Webcam
  • Cinematography
  • Dronies (photo “selfies”)
  • Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)
  • High Altitude Imagery
  • Infrared (IR) Surveillance
  • Live /Streaming Media
  • Multi-spectral sensing
  • Nature Photography/Video
  • Near Infrared (NIR) Sensing
  • Night Vision
  • Orthographic Photography/Video
  • Photography/Video Projection
  • Photogrammetry
  • Photosimulations
  • “Selfies” [“Dronies”]
  • Thermal Sensing / Imaging
  • Time Lapse Photography/Video
  • Videography Welcome to Brookings – Hunter Fergen, Tour of Sioux City – Hunter Fergen
  • Virtual Tours
  • Weddings

Security & Law Enforcement

Sports, Recreation & Entertainment