Five Innovative Ways Drones Have Been Used During the Pandemic

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, innovators across the globe have realized the potential of using drone technology to ease problems driven by the pandemic
Andy Godfrey
August 2, 2020

The New Generation of Drones.

For over a century, unmanned aerial vehicles were primarily used in military applications, like launching missiles, detecting bombs and conducting surveillance. 

When the new generation of drones hit the market circa 2010, thousands of individuals became licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones for commercial purposes. 

During this shift, many people raised questions regarding drone safety, privacy and security. And for good reason! When the average Joe has the ability to get his hands on powerful, innovative technology, we may wonder whether there will be ominous outcomes. 

Fortunately, the world now embraces drones’ awesome potential to be used for good. 

When social distancing guidelines were mandated in early 2020, and people around the world found themselves staying at home, trailblazers in the drone industry were hard at work. 

Wing, the delivery service of tomorrow, took flight. 

Operating for only a few months before the outbreak of the virus, Wing offers autonomous delivery of prescription medication, food and other essential items in the United States, Finland and Australia. 

When COVID-19 reared its ugly head, the company became one of the only entities equipped to deliver toilet paper (pure gold in the time of coronavirus) to businesses and residences.

In June, a school librarian in Virginia even used the service to deliver books to students at home. It also expanded its services to distribute toys, pre-prepared meals and products from local businesses.

South Korea extended their gratitude to essential workers, provided hope for its citizens and encouraged adherence to safety precautions. 

In July, South Korea’s government coordinated an incredible light show displaying imagery of protective masks, handwashing, hearts and kind words over the city of Seoul. 

The event, which was a surprise to citizens of the city in order to discourage gatherings of crowds, utilized over 300 drones to create the spectacular exhibition. It makes us wonder: Are drones the firework shows of the future?

Nascar used drone technology to scratch our itch for live sporting events. 

In May, Nascar relied on a high-speed, custom drone to broadcast a race, replacing manned camera crews. 

The camera, which traveled at a whopping 80-miles per hour, allowed commentators to work remotely and spectators to tune in at home without missing any of the action. 

Now that’s a social distancing win. 

South Korea extended their gratitude to essential workers, provided hope for its citizens and encouraged adherence to safety precautions. 

While much of the drone innovation born during the pandemic was conceptualized with staying at home-- the “new normal”-- in mind, Upward Drone Solutions used its technology to make leaving the house safer. 

Originally operating as a commercial window washing and building exterior cleaning company, the innovators reconfigured their drone to dispel hospital-grade sanitizer on all surfaces in stadiums, schools, event venues, manufacturing centers and other large commercial facilities. 

The electrostatically-charged mist, which is approved by the FDA, kills viruses in minutes and binds to 3D objects, ensuring that all surfaces are disinfected. 

In conjunction with other guidelines detailed by the CDC, this service was designed to stop the spread of the virus in large spaces and help make “the new normal” feel a little, well, normal.

Upward Drone Solutions’ certified pilots are experts at operating drone technology to serve the greater good. To learn more about this state-of-the-art service, click here. 


Andy Godfrey

A longtime aviation enthusiast, Andy Godfrey traded flying helicopters and planes for drone technology, becoming certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2018. Formerly a professional golf player, real estate appraiser and fish market owner, Andy now embraces the awesome potential of using drone technology to provide innovative solutions for businesses.