Drones, not just for spying Answered
So with the advance of 3d printing, arduino firmware, Raspberry pi, and the general open source approach to making things in the last 15 or so years, it's really not that surprising that drones have become as wide spread as they are. Those not interested in drones view them mostly as either a hobby or a potential threat to their privacy, but I had an idea the other day that might push them into better prominence.
What if drones could be used for construction and basic maintenance?
What if a quad copter was the thing that was wiping down the windows of a skyscraper?
Or messing with dangerous high power electrical lines....
Things that are both tedious because they have to be done over and over again, and that are moderately dangerous for a human being to perform.
Why can't a drone be used for some of that, and can one be designed around those constraints?
This is how a hobby user could make innovations that might curtail some of legal and general paranoia surrounding drones.
This is all well and good, but let's take this a step further:
Drones are a necessary part of human exploration.
People talk about putting humans on Mars.
Human beings require inputs. Food, shelter, air.... those sorta things.
If there's a problem with one of those things on Mars, there has to be a way to fix that, and it's probably best if it's something that's established before those humans get there.
Drones could be used to do a variety of tasks, and possibly even establish small caches of water or maybe even limited quantities of iron. Maybe even something like a 3d printed iron shelter....
(Induction heating works by pulsing a electromagnetic coil with high frequency electricity, which can be used to melt magnetic metals with high degrees of efficiency. This could be used to make low grade steel on mars, but if time and scarcity of resources aren't constraints... it would work.)
Anyway... I was just sort thinking about this stuff. Let me know what y'all think