There are numerous drones available that are designed to fulfill specific operations. This ability to accommodate many functional operations, while maintaining the fundamental idea behind being an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is at the heart that makes them different.

 Drones are an excellent illustration of the type of technology that could get kids interested in working in the technology sector. A lot of small commercial drones can be very easy to put together and can be highly customized that can introduce kids or teens.

Drones can be useful for businesses in many ways. Perhaps your business requires Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring. Perhaps you require professional overhead photos that are too difficult or costly to accomplish by using a camera crew on board the aircraft or helicopter. If that’s the case, drones could aid.

And then there’s the use in the military that has been making so numerous headlines recently. Whatever you think regarding the use drones have in contemporary warfare, there’s no doubt that they have transformed the way that flight is conducted and tactical strikes in the present.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at what the vast world of drones can provide. This list includes both kinds of drones for consumers as well as military drones that are used for the U.S. Military.

Micro Drones

micro drone

While smaller drones might be entertainment in the eyes of the general public, military personnel who employ drones micro drones, are all business. The most widely-known kind of drone in the present is called the Black Hornet, manufactured for the British military.

Since their launch in 2013, the small 1″ x 4″ drones are being employed for military personnel of the British military to observe the other facilities in Afghanistan. While cameras aren’t to be a good fit for these small drones designed for recreational use, however, the micro-cameras that are built into the drones could give useful information.

If they’re not being used, Black Hornets can be stored in a belt. It is possible to fly as long as 25 minutes on one battery charge and boost endurance to one mile. Furthermore, there are certain Black Hornets that have been outfitted with cameras that are infrared.


  • Micro drones are small UAVs with payloads such as sensors and cameras. These micro drones let us capture a bird’s eye view of the surrounding environment, which can be useful in a variety of applications like environmental monitoring, surveillance , or disaster management.
  • A single micro drone is not able to give an overview of a vast area due to its small sensors. By intelligently analyzing multiple perspectives, the quality of images is improved, and depth information can be calculated, resulting in an accurate three-dimensional representation of the surrounding.
  • An aerial imaging device that works with a variety of micro drones could be made more durable against malfunction. However, it has a limited range, speed, and limited flight duration. Additionally, it offers only one view of the ground because of the presence of trees, buildings and other obstructions.

Small Drones

small drone

Small drones are bigger than micro drones. These are portable and convenient because of its shape and size. The drones tend to cost only about $100. “Small” in this context usually is between 20 inches in length.

These drones are only for recreation and typically do not fulfill many of the commercial purposes that other models can. For instance, if properly mounted, cameras mounted on highly stabilized multi-rotors can produce amazing aerial photos and videos.

In contrast, smaller drones tend to be too lightweight and lack the stability needed to achieve the perfect balance needed for precise picture taking. But, these drones are a great, low-cost introduction to drones for children and hobbyists


  • Smaller drones are thought to be better because they’re more agile and are less difficult to spot and are easier for pilots to manage. The recent research and development of drones across the globe has improved the technology of surveillance and drones for military use.
  • For instance, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a Honeybee drone set with a revolutionary navigation chip. The Navion chip measures 20 mm square and consumes only 24 mW to power. It can process intricate images up to 171 frames per second.
  • In a different study that was conducted, the Jouhou System Kougaku. A laboratory located at the University of Tokyo unveiled the DRAGON drone. The drone is comprised of several small drones that are equipped with the capability of changing their form in mid-air.

Single-Rotor Drones

single rotor drone

They are among fundamental kinds of drones. The name implies that it is one rotating rotor (besides that of the tail, in some instances) and is able to generate thrust faster than multi-rotor drones. This makes them suitable for long flight times.

There are, however, disadvantages to this design. One of them is that it’s a single-blade design with their often gas-powered characteristics could result in single-rotor drones to occasionally cost more than counterparts. Furthermore, bigger rotating blades can mean a greater risk of accidentally injuring you.

Additionally, drones tend to not be as stable as multi-rotor drones, however, they may be harder to pilot than models with multiple Rotors. They range between $25K and $300K.


  • Single-rotor drones are remarkably similar to helicopters in their appearance and design. So, the start of a single-rotor drone is like helicopters and requires specific training.
  • The movement of single rotor drones is like helicopters. They operate on gas engine for long duration. Aerodynamics in a single-rotor drone is very efficient due to longer and more slow-moving blades for the rotor.
  • Single rotor drones can be used for surveyors and construction experts who need to lift larger payloads up to 40kgs because the single rotor can be more efficient when it comes to lifting and requires less fuel or battery as it fly.

Multi-Rotor Drones

When a single-rotor drone is designed to look like a helicopter, and can keep its speed using a single rotor they have multiple Rotors that are placed at strategically located points within the craft. The extra rotors will aid the craft to keep its balance and remain in a hovering position.

But with regards to the different kinds of commercial drones, according to the general rule the more rotors you include, the shorter time your drone is able to stay in the air. In this way, although they offer good stability, they usually max out at around half an hours of flying time.

Furthermore, the majority of multi-rotor drones will not be equipped to handle a massive payloadas it would alter the balance that is of its offset rotors. Prices vary widely starting at $5k for basic models to $65k for the most expensive choices.


  • The most well-known and popular UAV surveying equipment in Australia The most popular and prolific UAV survey equipment in Australia – quadcopter drones with multi-rotors can be seen at almost every construction site and mining sites in Australia today.
  • Drones with multi-rotors are extremely beneficial during flights if you require an affordable camera to capture aerial photos in the air. Contrary to other drones that have experienced technological advances that are multi-rotor drones, they are less powerful in their energy usage and are able to fly for around 30 minutes while carrying a light payload.
  • Position Partners offers a range of survey drones that fall into the category of multirotor survey drones with a variety of payloads as well as flying distances, and accuracy in surveying. These drones can be used to inspect bridges and powerlines, wind turbines offshore rigs, offshore rigs and other things, as well as for the photogrammetric surveying of urban areas and smaller construction sites.

Fixed-Wing Drones

fixed wing drone

The absence of rotors and fixed-wing designs of these drones makes them more akin to controlled airplanes, rather than the helicopter-like style similar to other drones. Instead of rotors wings are vertically lifted and, therefore, they require sufficient energy to keep going forward, which makes them perfect long-range drones.

Fixed-wing drones may be gas-powered. In the event that multi-rotor models are not able to remain in the air all day the fixed-wing drone may stay on the ground for sixteen hours in continuous air. However, they’re not able to hover in the like drones equipped with helicopter-style rotors do.

The absence of a rotor makes landing them more difficult. They need to be carefully placed in for a delicate “belly landing,” and when handled by someone who isn’t an expert it can go wrong quickly. 

These drones typically cost between $25k and $120k


  • Fixed-wing drones are similar in design as standard aeroplanes and are lifted by winds that rush across and under an expanse of wings. As we have previously mentioned, fixed-wing drones can’t hang in the air in one place and are therefore not suitable for surveys where the aircraft needs to be able to pivot or turn rapidly or stay in one spot.
  • After you have completed your survey using the stationary-wing drone, it is vital to land safely and then retrieve the drone using runway, parachute or net as was the case with the older technology used for UAVs.
  • Fixed-wing drones are able to fly over long distances which make them best suited for precise long-range aerial mapping for survey purposes as well as photogrammetric surveys. With a minimum 90 minutes of flying duration, they be able to cover a wide area and can cover a distance of 7.5km. They can track the topography of the ground below it to an +/-2-5cm precision.

Fixed-Wing Hybrid Drones

fixed wing hybrid drone

These types of drones attempt to combine the best of design concepts that use rotors and fixed wings and create drones with both. Fixed-wing hybrid drones typically have a few rotors that are attached to the end on fixed wings.

A lot of drones are actually based off designs for airplanes that were in existence from the 1950s to the 1960s. But the technology required to make them real was thought to be too difficult and the idea was largely discarded prior to the advent of drones.

They are still experimental and aren’t as readily available as their single-rotor multi-rotor and fixed-wing counterparts. However, with numerous companies working on these units, they could be the new wave of the future.


  • Hybrid Fixed-Wing UAVs come together the advantages of multi-rotor platforms and fixed-wing drones, and can switch between both modes in flight.
  • Hybrid fixed-wing drones offer high quality cover and collect data for farm with large areas that allow farmers to get insight into the health of their crops and other indicator, thereby cutting down on the cost of fertilizer and pesticides.

Large Combat Drones

combat drone

If you imagine “drones” in a military sense they are what you think of. The variants like those of the Predator and Reaper which are employed by the US and NATO, measure around 36 feet long and are capable of firing on targets using air-to-surface missiles as well as laser-guided bombs.

These drones can run for 1000 miles in just 14 hours. They have been employed to conduct strike operations in Pakistan as well as other countries with which the US is not in war.

The US might be the most well-known (or notorious) drone operator however, they’re not the only ones. Other NATO countries like that of the UK, Spain, and France are also using drones as China has produced its own version called the CH-4 that has been purchased from Egypt in addition to Iraq.


  • This combat aircraft is driven by 150hp turboprop PD170 engine that was developed in the company of Turkish Engine Industries (TEI). It can take off with a maximum weight of 1,600kgs, a maximum altitude of 30,000ft and endurance of over 24 hours.
  • Hunter UAV Hunter UAV is capable of carrying a payload total of 226.8kg. It can be equipped with various sensors like electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) and communications systems, in addition to other weapons, such as the Northrop Grumman Viper Strike laser-guided ammunition.
  • The MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was created in the context of the US Army Aviation modernization plan. The design was developed for the purpose by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) the aircraft was developed to fulfill the requirements of security, surveillance, and reconnaissance targets acquisition (RSTA) needs.

Non-Combat Large Drones

There are, however, massive drones that aren’t intended for use in combat. They can be used for various tasks usually for reconnaissance and are employed for expansive recon missions than their smaller Black Hornet and Raven counterparts.

For instance Global Hawk, for example Global Hawk, manufactured by Northrop Grumman, is primarily deployed in combat zones but is not intended to be used in combat. It is more used for surveillance purposes, like the scanning of the phone calls of cell phones.

Even though drones don’t engage in combat doesn’t necessarily mean they’re inexpensive. For instance, the Global Hawk, for example can cost as much as $131 million and that’s not including the infrastructure on the ground.


  • These Drones are employed in sports photography and cinematography in the begining . They were utilized during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for filming snowboarding and skiing events. Another group that is considering drones are journalists. The possibility of capturing footage and data for use in live broadcasts could be a reality soon. aerial photography for the real estate market is becoming sought-after.
  • Although the FFA does not support the use the use of Drone delivery, companies like Amazon, UPS and DHL are aware of its potential. Drones are able to deliver pizzas, small packages letters, medications drinks, etc. at short distances
  • Following a natural or human created catastrophe, drones offer the ability to collect information and navigate through debris using the aid of a portable, useful technology that won’t make a mess of the cries of helpers and can be utilized by teams working in on a specific zone.
  • Utilizing thermal sensors, drones are able to quickly pinpoint the location of missing persons They are especially helpful at night or in difficult terrain. Search and Rescue missions are a struggle against time, especially in extreme conditions and drones can be an effective tool due to their ability to deploy. Apart from locating victims Drone can be utilized for “drop in supplies” to the remote location.

Tactical Drones


These drones are huge enough that they are not pocket-sized but are still smaller than those that are used in general combat as well as larger tasks. The most commonly used drone for tactical purposes of US military is the Raven. US Army is known as Raven. Raven weighs 4.5 feet and weighs 4.2 pounds.

These drones are commonly employed for surveillance purposes. Similar to those of the Black Hornets, the Ravens are able to be equipped with cameras specifically designed to detect infrared light that provides soldiers with a precise image of the surrounding area, even in the dark of night.

The units are equipped with onboard GPS technology. Although they’re basic and don’t come with lots of bells and whistles, this makes them accessible and simple for soldiers to use, without having to undergo any training.


  • The drones that are tactical of Mistral have three flight modes: manual, fully autonomous and Autonomous pre-mapped. The user is able to define the flight mode in accordance with the requirements of the operation.
  • Mistral’s rugged, tactical drones are designed ergonomically and feature easy-to-use ground control Stations (GCS). Multi-layered security protocols assure the security of communications between GCS and drones.
  • The advanced AI technology and visual algorithms of Mistral’s military and tactical drones help in the mapping of specific geographical regions; they can also detect and categorize objects of particular significance, in low light or in harsh weather conditions.

Reconnaissance Drones

Reconnaissance drone

With another class of military drones and another class of military drones, we move upwards in size to drones that aren’t intended to be carried. They are about 16 feet in length, are launched from the ground, and are known as Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) or High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drones.

They are among the most frequently used by the military across the globe. The Heron was developed for Israeli Aerospace Industries, has made drones like these to be used in the military in countries like the US, India, Canada, Turkey, Morocco, and Australia.

The drones that are in question weigh more than 2200 pounds and stay at a height of up to 52 hours in a row at a maximum cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. The German military uses another drone type called the LUNA which is much cheaper than Heron. Heron, however, is able to operate for shorter periods of time.


  • It is the only company Collins Aerospace offers you high-clarity imaging and precise UAV flying control. It work in a seamless solution, so that your data capture ability is always available when you require it the most.
  • In the past 20 years for the last 20 years, for the last 20 years, Piccolo Autopilot was the industry standard , is used on more types of aircrafts that are unmanned than other types. Collins Aerospace introduce the Piccolo Elite Flight Management Systems Family(FMSF), The next-generation of software and hardware designed for UAS.
  • Elite provides software that is hardware-independent enhanced sensor reliability, quality and a significant increase in storage onboard. 

 Target and Decoy Drones

target drone

One of the most crucial aspects to remember regarding military drones is that they are able to perform a variety of functions based on the scenario. For instance, while certain drones are used for surveillance, others are intended to be used for strike purposes, they are used as decoys.

The appearance of these decoy missions but is sure to vary based on the specific character of the task. Therefore, these kinds of military drones should be prepared to serve as decoys in a variety of ways.

For instance, certain drones that target or decoy can perform their task by resembling the coming missile. This could draw fire from anti-aircraft ground units, which can distract them from actual combat drones or missiles that are incoming.


  • Target drones are remotely guided aircrafts that can be that are used in various defense operations. They are typically powered with reciprocating, rotary or rocket engines.
  • Prior to that, they were employed by the airforce to conduct targets for anti-aircraft training during the course of.
  • Further development has made them capable of a variety of other tasks like decoy, reconnaissance study and design of weapon systems and targeting systems monitoring, tracking and so on.

GPS Drones

After we’ve examined the main kinds of drones that are suitable for commercial and military applications, let’s wrap up with a look at a few special types of drones, beginning with drones created to be used with GPS goals in mind.

The drones function by connecting to satellites through the GPS connection. They then utilize this for the purpose of mapping the remainder of their flight, generating data that you are able to take and make use of for your own needs.

It’s true that this consumes a lot of batteries. Therefore, the top GPS drones have the ability to return automatically to their base whenever they are power-depleted or are at the end of their operating range.


  • Waypoint GPS Navigation allows a drone to fly independently with its destination of flight or points that have been pre-planned and incorporated in the drone’s remote control software for navigation.
  • Anywhere in the globe, no matter if it’s 20 meters away or 50 meters away, 100 km or 1000 km We can go exactly back from our point of origin, precisely locating the location in straight line from any point in.
  • Waypoints can be saved to the computer’s digital mapping software.
  • We can communicate our waypoints to other users

Photography Drones

photography drone

We’ve already talked about drones’ capabilities to take photos in recent blogs. Although a handful of smaller models can only take photos and there are a lot of drones capable of taking photos for the military, if want to take professional-looking photos, you’ll require commercial drones specifically designed for this purpose.

A lot of stability is needed to take a great picture or video, you’re likely to require drones that have multiple Rotors.

If you’re looking to shoot professional-grade images then you should ensure that your drone is equipped with an advanced camera. High-resolution photos can be captured by using camera drones with 4K resolution. Some drones for photography also incorporate precise stability and flight modes that are automated to take pictures across vast areas.


  • These drones provides an interesting photos and unique perspective.
  • These drones are the great way to gain access to difficult-to-reach locations.
  • Drones can take incredible action photos.
  • Drones stimulate imagination and creativity.

Racing Drones

If it’s equipped with an engine, there’s a good chance that people will end up racing them This is definitely the case for one of these most popular types of drones for hobbyists.

Drones racing can travel at speeds as high as sixty miles an hour. But all of the power focusing on one purpose makes them less likely to get the same amount of flight time as other drones. Most racers like to construct their drone from scratch. 

If you’re looking for a way to create your personal race drone from scratch or purchase one, it is recommended to consider companies such as Walkera for advice, since their drones are among the most efficient and cost less than $300.


  • It comes with night and normal vision cameras, as well as a robust design, easy customization and lots of thought-provoking durability features.
  • The process of building your own from the ground up can be enjoyable or an absolute nightmare, it all depends on the components you attempt to connect
  • It is mosly used by the hobbyst drone.

Endurance Drones

long endurance drone

These are the most effective drones to fly for long distances. Endurance drones are able to stay on the ground for three days, and they can climb to a staggering height of 30,000 feet higher than sea levels.

The requirements for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle totally depend upon the duration of the flight. For an electric fixed-wing plane or quadrotor, this is directly proportional to the power of the battery as well as the amount of current the motor generate to keep the airplane in the air.

The durability of an aircraft’s engine will largely depend on:

  • Size of aircraft
  • Weight
  • Payload weight

For instance, a fixed-wing plane with a wide wingspan will have a longer life span than a small quadrotor. Also, endurance is an impact on the range of the aircraft.