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The Evolution of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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As the future progresses, there will be more and more availability of UAV’s. An Unmanned Aerial vehicle is commonly referred to as a drone; an aircraft without a human pilot on board. This vehicle functions either by the remote control (Under Pilot) or autonomously by computers.

MQ-9 Reaper UAV

An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission. © HIGH-G Productions/Stocktrek Images

These pilotless vehicles are ethically acceptable for wars to preclude enemy. Historically, the military forces have used them as a way to spy on large secret areas without putting human flights at risk. Moreover, they have been used for domestic purposes, including aerial surveillance of pipelines, agricultural crop dusting, monitoring hurricanes, and more. Currently, military forces are using armed combat drones confidently to reach their targets. According to survey reports, since 2006, more than 1,900 combat terrorists have been killed by unmanned aerial vehicles.

History of UAVs

A Serbian born and later naturalized American inventor Nikola Tesla depicted a fleet of unmanned aerial combat vehicles in 1915. During and after World War I, the model airplane enthusiast Reginald Denny developed Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane and Remote piloted vehicle in 1935. The evolution of UAV’s began in 1959 when U.S. Air Force officers worried about losing U.S. pilots over hostile territory, then started  planning for the use of drones. This plan became strong when Gary Powers and his “secret” U-2 were shot down over the USSR in 1960.

Technical challenges:

  • Visual landmark and obstacle avoidance
  • Syntactic & Semantic Interoperability
  • Radio bandwidth allocation
  • Collision avoidance
  • Weather detection and protection

Advance UAV technology

Today, unmanned aerial vehicles have gone from being curiosities to autonomous systems, which can be as small as the size of insects. It is expected UAV civilian operators outnumber the military ones in the coming years. More importantly, the U.S. Air Force’s intention is to improve communication technology in terms of UAVs and military airspace limitations. The report also looks at other potential UAV domains like featuring them within the mixed-aircraft force formations, in which they would aim to fly next to manned aircraft.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Photography

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