DronesThe word drone means ‘male bee,’ however the drones by definition are remotely used unmanned aircraft. Small drones are used by businesses and companies for various civilian purposes. Apart from those the military employs such drones of its own. These can be launched and controlled by remote, they come in various small sizes and have simplified flying instructions, can even be controlled by kids due to being light in weight and unable to cause much damage in an accident. Most drones which are bought are ready for flying, however, some people like to build a drone by themselves according to their requirements, using kits.

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Market for Small Drones

The drones have various uses in the commercial and military market both. The secretive surveillance demandsreduction in the size of drones and the commercial sector is also gaining interest for small drones for civilian purposes. The market driving factor for the global market of small drones is the need for small sized drones with enhanced surveillance capability with the advancements in payloads technology. The global small drones’ market was evaluated at USD 5.80 Billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 10.04 Billion by 2020, rising at a CAGR of 11.6% during the time period. The different payloads which can be fitted on the small drones are sensors, cameras and other recording or surveillance devices.

Applications of Small Drones


  • Photography, filming and Mapping: Journalists use drones for various purposes. Mountaintops and deep canyons could be easily accesses with a drone and their 3-D map could be obtained for various purposes.
  • Agriculture: In this field the drones are used to closely inspect the crop. Infrared sensors could inform a farmer about the spread of a disease in the crop before it spreads.
  • Weather forecasting: Drones could be sent inside a storm or a hurricane, they can track their route and even provide weather parameters without a danger to human life.


  • Wildlife protection: Drones can help the wildlife authorities to tackle the problem of poaching and also provide insights to various animal habits, their activities and keep an eye on them for research and their own safety night and day by thermal imaging.
  • Law Enforcement and Military: Helps in surveillance over large crowds and crime scene investigation. On the border it might be used to keep the smugglers and illegal migrants at the bay.
  • Disaster Management: A drone can gather information quickly and avoid the wreckage by flying over it, equipped with cameras and thermal sensors it can locate people stuck in the destroyed buildings and a rescue mission could be mounted on its feed.


With the dropping costs and ease of access to this technology, people are finding new uses to it. We might see the shipping companies deliver packages using these drones in near future. However the drones are also used for playing around and to have fun by capturing photos and videos.