Richard Branson: Drones Are a ‘Force for Good’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 08, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Applications

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman who founded the Virgin Group, has joined the list of widely known celebrities who are endorsing commercial and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

On his story from the Virgin website, he explains how he has invested in 3D Robotics, a UAV technology company based in California. By employing the company’s crew and IRIS and X8 aircraft, he has compiled views that he has “never seen before” of the Necker Islands, located in the British Virgin Islands.

“I hope this affordable technology will give many more people the chance to see our beautiful planet from such a powerful perspective,” he writes.

However, through his article and his Tweets, he stresses the importance of using the technology for beyond aesthetic purposes: delivering medicine, assessing natural disasters, saving rhinos and even adding employment opportunities in the sector.

Branson acknowledges the fact that many people will associate UAVs with military drones but emphasizes how they can be a “force for good.”

“How can we use drones to make the world a better place?” he Tweeted on Sept. 8.

Martha Stewart, like Branson, recently admitted she loves what UAVs are bringing to the table in terms of applications; supermodel Coco Rocha is another self-proclaimed fan.

Read Branson's full article here.

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