Many of the somersaulting, spinning and plummeting maneuvers that birds have mastered aren’t ones that anyone would want to experience in a passenger aircraft. But uncrewed aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, are freer to make drastic maneuvers, and their increasing popularity for military, scientific, recreational and other uses is creating more opportunities for them to do so.
At the very least, drone-watching seems as if it'll get more interesting1 as drones swoop in from an unexpected angle and bank hard at the last second to kill their speed and change their direction before landing with an attention-seeking flourish on the drone-pad next to your front door.
[Via Sentiers 230]
Will Amazon's drones play nice with other retailers' drones when it comes to finding a perch, or will they get weirdly territorial about defending their (air)space? ↩