Unmanned aerial vehicle

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A group photo of aerial demonstrators at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (often called drone) is an aircraft that is not operated by a pilot on board the aircraft. Even though some drones are operated by a computer, most of them are controlled remotely by people on the ground. Large UAVs are mostly used by military forces, for example for reconnaissance or unmanned combat. Some of them are programmed to be a target, to be shot at, for example. Drones also have civilian uses, such as for firefighting.

Drones exist in different sizes with wingspans ranging from a few centimetres to about 60 metres (200 ft), the size of regular, manned aircraft.

Civilian uses[change | change source]

Google has built and tested drones, to be used for goods deliveries.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Stewart, Jack 2014. Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials. BBC News Technology. [1]