May 2017 Volume 14

Drones at KC?

Dr. Glen Laman
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In a recent meeting at the school, KCOB Noel Spencer presented the principal with two drones.

What exactly is a drone?

A drone, in this case, is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aircraft systems. Essentially, a drone is a flying robot.

The drones may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.

How will KC use these drones?

The main idea is to introduce the technology to the students either in a formal course or an extracurricular activity. Either way it would be a first in Jamaica.

Students would study and understand the technology behind these flying machines and also be able to operate them remotely.

Drones are now also used in a wide range of civilian roles ranging from search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring and firefighting to personal drones and business drone-based photography, as well as videography, agriculture and even delivery services.

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