NASA is busy working on complicated air traffic systems solely with regards to drones – or any aircraft that chooses to fly below 400ft. Drones have now become a means for commercial business – people have started engaging this unmanned autonomous robot for deliveries and the like.
With such an advent, more and more people are apt to send drones soaring into the sky – for both consumer and commercial reasons – and measures need to be taken to secure the future possibilities. The said system is to include requirements that will stop drones from flying into other aircraft and buildings, not excluding the classic no-fly zones.
Parimal H. Kopardekar, a principal investigator from NASA, explained the vitality of this system while speaking to the New York Times. He said that they (the drones) could be kept safe one at a time, but that there is no infrastructure to support it when you have a number of them (drones) in operation in the same airspace.
The point to be noted here is that the system, for the time being, will have no direct communication with an off-the-shelf drone and that it is essentially designed for the control of commercial drones. Google’s “Wing” Project and Amazon Prime Air are examples of said commercial drones.
The principal concern in question is that of security and privacy. As the number of people sending drones up into the sky increase, a red-light of doubt and uncertainty blinks – what will stop the amateur drone operators from not descending into chaos? What will make sure that these autonomous flying aircrafts do not cause mischief and collateral damage at that? Drones are unmanned – they might be subject to remote operation or solely rely on their embedded plans that work in conjunction with GPS?
Since drones are unmanned, it all comes down to the people operating them. And the idea of a lot of people operating a lot of drones from a faraway land is not a pleasant one. What guarantee is there that these people might not use drones for means that are other than commercial? What guarantees safety and privacy? With the snowballing ratio of terrorist groups the concern expressed by Kopardekar is more significant and substantial. What ails us is the fear of the unknown – the uncertainties of what tomorrow will bring for us with these drones freely flying in the sky above us.