Remote Flying (UAV)

We are in a time of rapid evolution and fast changing ideas, it seems like we all are getting justed to diversification and new stuff coming at a fast pace. The technology it starting to have big impact in many areas of life one of my favorites is flying and moving thru the air like never before, it is a very effective way of transportation and all the other ideas that emerge from that.

 

If you look back in time, in order to fly an aircraft and I mean big passengers planes at least 3 to 4 people were sitting in the cockpit managing all the instruments and interpreting all the information in order to have a safe flight. Now we have a maximum of two pilots and maybe another two that are resting in the cabin that will replace them in very long flights, that is a significant reduction of manpower compared to some years ago.

Continuing with the same idea many of the duties of a pilot are taken care by computers and radio signals, for example the advance autopilots that we have today are capable of landing an aircraft safely only with the supervision of the pilots, signals from the airport and from the airplane are continuously being sent, received, analized back and forth at a incredible fast speed and the most important point, with no mistakes or errors.

 

This takes me to write about completely unmanned aircrafts, having all this technology at our service and use took the inventors and engineers to create the so called drones and UAV’s for all kind of different purposes that you can imagine for good or bad. I am one of the individuals that like to think in the positive impact of these kind of creations, I have seen quadcopters helping firefighters for example, helping searching for a missing person in the desert, scanning farms and crops looking for animals that might get hurt during the harvest due to the use of huge tractors and automatic machines that can’t stop very easy in case there is an animal in the way.
The shift from manned to unmanned flying objects is very sensitive anyways due to the safety of the people in the air, but that does not mean that this is an impossible change.

Classic Aeronautics

2014-08-25_1436Military aeronautical design and research has been the zone were the major advances in development happened in the past. The military has always had more budget and no limitations in terms of design and creation of new aerostructures, it is like having “carte blanche” or to be in a paradise for designers, inventors and developers. If you are in the civil aviation world, you may know all the limitations in terms of laws and the countless barriers that you may encounter if you want to design something new and advanced.

If you look the history of civil aviation you will see that most of the designs and type of aircrafts came from the military a couple of years later. In terms of avionics and navigation is also a place where the air force is responsible for huge improvements and technological advantages that we see in the passenger and cargo air transportation, a lot of the most reliable methods of air navigation that are still used today came from army developers.

During the WWII aviation in general had major improvements in all areas, new airframes and airfoils were developed for faster and lighter aircrafts, engines with a tremendous power were also constructed, at that time fuel consumption was not the issue. Even today in warplanes the fuel consumption and flight time is not really a subject to pay much attention, this machines need to be fast and very agile in the air to be able to fight other aircrafts and ground artillery. If you are not a top secret rated soldier in the air force like me and most of the population in the world then we will maybe never know what is “cooking” in that area.

Today aviation is becoming more and more necessary for the world in general, the world population keeps growing, business globalization and extension to international territories is considered necessary for progress today, everyone wants to receive their products as fast as possible, today you have the ability to buy what you need from other countries from the comfort of your home, all these facts require fast and high capacity flying airplanes. Therefore civil aviation needs to keep improving at a very fast pace, at the moment the construction of new airplanes is massive, the rate of aircraft builded per month is impressive on some of the most popular manufacturers.

This is definitely still a category of the future, even when the dream of flight started many years ago, the evolution in technologies for all kinds of objects that can fly and fill any kind of purpose in the air are very fast paced. Today the variety of flying objects is much bigger, before there was pretty much only two categories; aircrafts and helicopters, today are airplanes, helicopters, drones , UAVs, rockets, and so on.