On one note: How do you wanna control drones by using transmitter signals. I know that you can read what they see and make a if-clause, but I don't know how well that would work and how you could use it. Secondly I also hope for remote control devices to be implemented into the game together with cameras (There is a poll thread by CalenLoki if you want to know about my idea for the implementation of cameras. Link: https://forum.starbasegame.com/threads/poll-camera.446/page-3 ).
I would think something like the system in space engineers is a good starting point. using something to connected to grids then use a block to move it around remotely. some people might be able to do somethin with YOLO but i am not one of those people.