The Pros and Cons Of Drones
Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, and base of the long-haul carrier Emirates, closed for over an hour after a drone flew into its airspace.
The airport says the closure disrupted flights for 69 minutes on Saturday and it is not the first time this sort of attack has hit.
In Poland, authorities at Warsaw’s international airport say they had to suspend all landings briefly because of two unauthorized drones flying in the area where planes approach for landing. Poland’s regulations forbid flying drones within a 12-mile radius from airports, although drones have been spotted on some previous occasions near their Chopin airport.
Since February, drone owners have been required to register with the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority. Authorities also ban hobbyists from putting cameras or lasers on their drones and flying in certain areas of Dubai, including airport airspace.
This most recent attack comes just after the announcement of testing being approved in Nevada to begin the advancement of autonomous drone taxi that can move passengers with just a few buttons to indicate direction.
It’s called the EHang 184, as it can move one passenger with eight propellers and four arms and EHang CEO Hauzi Hu hopes that this latest technology will be the solution for public transportation in the future.
The EHang 184 can fly for roughly 25 minutes at a time, with an average flying speed of 62 miles per hour at a maximum altitude of 11,500 feet, but after it made its first appearance at the CES 2016 show, what impressed audiences most is the easy operation of the vehicle, essentially the user just needs to push a few buttons.
Hauzi Hu said the 184 will have “a global impact across dozens of industries beyond personal travel. The 184 is evocative of a future we’ve always dreamed of and is primed to alter the very fundamentals of the way we get around.”
Hu ensures there are “multiple fail-safes in place to take over if there’s a specific failure” and a flight control center that “can intervene if necessary.”
The state-run nonprofit group Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development have announced they will help the Chinese EHang company make drone taxis a reality and the first trial tests will take place later this year.