Perhaps a consideration and a point to come back to this week is how do Asian countries and cultures express the word ‘drone’ or ‘quadcopter’. The idea of something in aerospace could have negative connotations in terms of surveillance and control. The Chinese media is heavily mediated and with my own experiences in previous subjects, I’ve learnt how social media platforms have been completely outlawed and replaced by another from the government.
This led me into thinking about Asian anxieties and perhaps the link between technological advancement with drones. Currently I’ve been using a Parrot A.R drone to record footage of agricultural landscapes and using its surveillance potential to the benefit of farmers. This is done with little human activity around and next to no obstacles to be of concern. In these conditions the use of aerospace isn’t fearful to citizens, however I believe in a place such as China, we’re the population is dense, and some drones have an intimidating effect.
China being perhaps the most lenient in their policy of flying in comparison to other Asian continents has implemented drone technology into their military capabilities and has seen tremendous success. It has successfully flown their first 20 minute stealth drone, Lijian, as a part of their innovative advancements. Authorities have suggested that the technology can strengthen intelligence gathering techniques on their neighbouring countries.
In comparison to the laws that stand in place with quadcopters in China, which are mostly encouraging of novelty use, however the countries stability has become a subject of question with its sheltered control policies. Perhaps the mindset of the civilians in relation to the drone technology available is reflected in their policies and regulations
New regulation as of the 1st of July has seen drones made in China that have a 300km flight radius and a 20 litre capacity is limited in their exportation overseas. The Chinese authorities didn’t actually comment on their fears of national security, instead the ban was seen as more keeping specific technologies out of the wrong hands.