Drones for Science in Nature: Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones!
From the paper:
Autonomous flight in confined spaces presents great scientific and technical challenges owing to the energetic cost of staying airborne and to the perceptual intelligence required to negotiate complex environments. We identify scientific and technological advances that are expected to translate, within appropriate regulatory frameworks, into pervasive use of autonomous drones for civilian applications.
Despite these legal roadblocks, we expect an increasing demand for small drones in civilian use because of their intrinsic safety.
Here's to hoping that the legal roadblocks to drone science will be lifted sooner!
Floreano, D., and R. J. Wood. 2015. Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones. Nature 521:460-466. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature14542]