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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

A Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is an aircraft (such as a drone) with no pilot on board.  UAVs come in two varieties:

  • controlled from a remote location
  • flying autonomously.

Autonomous flight continues to develop from pre-programmed flight plans towards flight and decisions derived automatically from specification of a task or objective. Military UAVs perform reconnaissance as well as attack missions. UAVs are also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as firefighting and crop spraying.