The Evolution of Drones

ITS-498, Kyle Peterson, Spring-2018

Introduction Milestone Events Human Impacts Video Narrative References

What is an Autonomous Drone?

The answer turns out to be more complex than might be expected. Strictly speaking, a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously—that is, without a human in control.

The original definition of drone derived from the concept of male bees, "the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey". Clearly today drones have evolved to be a little more then harmless honeybees!

Male Honeybee drone

Example of a honeybee drone.

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Common Usage of Drones!


"UAV", or unmanned aerial vehicle are common military concepts for drones. Primarily used for surveillance purposes, these drones can be armed with a variety of missle loadouts.

Armed Predator Drone

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Although orginally developed for military use, commerical usage of drones has become very popular. Many commercial businesses have now begun experimenting with new drone delivery concepts!

Delivery Drone

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Lastly Recreational usage has risen dramatically, mostly in the usage of small remote control drones. Many of these drones boast high quality cameras, that allow for premium quality videos.

Video Drone

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The world of Drones is fast and exciting! Keep reading!

Fun Facts!

The industry refers to them as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Though one manufacturer, MLB Company, which launched its business in the late 1990s when no one knew what a "UAV" was and associated "drones" only with Office Space, coined the name "spy planes" for the flying machines.