If it feels like drones are taking over the world, there's a good reason for that. For one thing, they're one of this year's hottest Christmas gifts, with an estimated 1 million kids and adults unwrapping drones like the RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera on Christmas morning.
But, drones also have commercial applications for farmers, firefighters, retailers and more. It's expected to be a $2.07 billion industry by 2022, according to analysts. There are already 2,500 companies flying commercial drones.
We recently told you about the drone maker DJI partnering with FLIR on a drone with a thermal-imaging camera attached. Plus, the Federal Aviation Administration has been approving hundreds of commercial drone applications.
Of course, the government has been using drones for years, for everything from patrolling the Mexican border to dropping bombs overseas. So, it may come as no surprise that you'll soon see drone airports.
The first port dedicated exclusively for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), or drones, has broken ground in Boulder City, Nevada, just south of Las Vegas. Aerodrome's 50-acre, privately funded Eldorado Droneport has the support of the FAA.
The FAA has approved six UAS test sites. However, the Droneport is the only one exclusively focused on drones.
It will be a teaching facility for drone pilots, including offering pilot certification. There will also be an area for drone hobbyists, including a drone racing course.