Printed Circuit Boards and Drones
The rise in popularity of drones over the past decade has been fueled in part by enhanced Printed Circuit Board (PCB) technology, resulting in PCB Assemblies that can handle the demands of both military and non-military drone applications.
Consumer application for drones includes photography and videography, as well as hobby-driven uses of drones. Commercial drones require a level of reliability and durability from their respective PCB Assemblies that fits their application. That is, a consumer who invests a certain amount of money and trust into the drone manufacturer is rightfully due to a product that functions reliably.
When drones for military operations are considered, the stakes go up even higher. Having Circuit Board Assemblies that behave flawlessly, carrying out their respective functions within the drone, is extremely important to the overall operation of the drone. This can make the difference between a successful military operation that saves lives– and a riskier one that may put military personnel in danger.
The use and importance of drones in military operations are expected to continue to grow over the next decade. Though initially commissioned as surveillance and information-gathering tools, used for reconnaissance in dangerous areas, armed drones are now used to carry out air strikes in areas deemed suspect and highly dangerous.
The push to design and manufacturer even more reliable PCB Assemblies will continue, as drone applications and other aerospace applications drive the need for highly reliable performance under potentially adverse, harsh conditions.