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AM/PM Session - 5 September 2017 - The drone revolution

We read two articles about how drones are being used commercially, and some of the risks and problems involved:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40629993
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39478966

Vocabulary Top 10:

crisp - having details that are easily seen or heard

add another string to your bow - to add more than one interest, skill, or resource that you can use if you need to on top of your current interests/skills/resources

outskirts - the parts of a city or town that are far from the center

complacency - a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better : a complacent feeling or condition

pitch/roll/yaw -
rollyawpitch

fall guy - a person who is blamed for something done by other; scapegoat

willful - done deliberately; intentional

negligence - failure to take the care that a responsible person usually takes : lack of normal care or attention

a bird´s eye view - seen from high above

near miss - an accident that is just barely avoided; an attempt that is almost successful


Are you excited about the use of drones, or are you worried about the dangers associated with them?

Comments

  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In my mind, I can fancy a drone hovering in the sky, ready to start its flight in the boundless bright blue emptiness; its mischievous intentions still hidden while flapping away its several mixers, which keep sabreing round itself.
    On the ground, meanwhile, its owner, putting on the more appropriate professional pilot's pose, is clicking on the remote controller; now and then he frowns at his device, sweat's drops dripping down his forehead.
    Now he's turning an eye up to his flying creature, which is waiting for orders.
    ' Pitch Roll Yaw ', this checking step, which sounds like an advertisement campaign slogan, or like a new kind of dancing, now reads on the controller's screen.
    He starts off verifying the three craft's trim conditions, in order to assure none of them gets off the range's limits, as prescribed by the rule. However, just to see the effect, he quite recklessly try selecting the extreme values for each parameter; he gets trapped because can't retrace his steps.
    The craft, on prompt responding the input from the controller, starts pitching, rolling and wagging its tail, all at one time, turning out a spasmodic dancing.
    Obviously, the drone no longer could fly straightly in this condition; on the other hand, however, to make up for the failure, this could be an advantageous way for it to spy on private properties, pretending it's just a wind waved kite.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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