Drones are not merely limited to the skies, with sophisticated unmanned vehicles now also able to take to the water - sailing the globe automatically for months at a time and gathering data on the health of our seas and oceans.
Hovering low over the ground and shooting mangrove seeds into the water, drones may become a common sight in Myanmar by the end of the year. It's part of a reforestation project that aims to restore a natural ecosystem that is beneficial to wildlife, the environment and the local population.
Drones can be useful to deliver food or medical supplies to remote areas, but it is sometimes problematic to retrieve them after drop-off. APSARA could be the solution: the one-way drone is made of biodegradable material and can simply decompose after use.
The Mine Kafon Foundation is testing out low-cost ways of safely detecting and detonating landmines.
Authorities in the US want to dispense sweet peanut butter pellets from drones in a bid to vaccinate and protect one of North America’s most critically-endangered critters and its food source.
The Muhanga district in Rwanda will be the site of a pilot project utilising drones to deliver medical packages.
The day when drones become part of our daily lives seems to be awhile off. However, Amazon and the like are working fervently on this scenario. It is therefore time to ask: to what extent are we willing to accept drones as part of our urban surroundings? The project "Unter Drohnen" (Under Drones) takes a closer look at this question.
With forests covering vast expanses of land, individuals and organisations engaged in illegal logging and deforestation are easily able to evade detection. We take a look at a couple of projects in the Amazon that use satellite and drone technology to detect and punish illegal logging.
In February of this year, the UN released a report calling for an upgrade in the technological tools deployed by peacekeeping forces. More specifically, they advocated an increase in the use of drones in humanitarian efforts, highlighting their ability to monitor and curb outbreaks of violence, and to gather information about the situation within conflict zones.