Drones are a lot of fun to fly, but they are also capable of accomplishing plenty of impressive, practical work. While most people know drones best because of their increasingly common role as aerial photography platforms, such devices are also being employed in far more fundamental and important ways.
Agriculture Drones, for example, are now being used widely to fertilize, treat, and assess crops, thereby making short work of what would otherwise be time-consuming labor. Thanks to advances in nanotechnology, drones that fill such roles are likely to become even more capable in the near future.
Nanotechnology is a Perfect Fit for Agriculturally Focused Drones
While modern drones are impressive in many respects, there are also quite a few associated, longstanding limitations. Recent and likely future progress in the field of nanotechnology could allow drones used by farmers and others to improve in ways including:
- Flight time. The drones that many photographers rely upon today will often only be able to stay aloft for a few minutes. While the larger drones that most frequently serve agricultural operations tend to have more endurance, they are still held back by the limitations of the batteries they contain. A number of nanotechnology discoveries of recent times promise to enable the production of more capacious batteries that will help keep drones in the air above farms for much longer.
- More cargo capacity. While some drones are used today mostly to get an overview of crops’ progress and condition, many others are being employed to put down pesticides and other forms of treatment. Every ounce of weight that is built into a drone’s frame is one that detracts from its ability to carry such cargo. Lightweight materials that are now being developed by nanotechnology researchers could help improve drones in this respect, too.
- Improved durability. Agriculture is always hard work, and that is also true for inanimate drones. Whether when crashing into the ground after a fierce gust or simply enduring everyday wear better, drones that are made more rugged by nanotechnology will be more useful for farmers, as well.
Drones Will Enable Even More Productive Farms
With quite a few other nanotechnology advances likely to make a difference, tomorrow’s drones will be even more useful tools for farmers. That will ultimately benefit people all around the world.