Status Update: What’s going on with drones?

By: Noelle Symanski A Brief History Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have been around for over a century. The first unpiloted aerial operations took place in 1849 when Austria attacked Italy using balloons equipped with explosives. Initially, unpiloted aircraft were used for military operations. The United States developed the Ketterig Bug during World War I. The unpiloted plane would be pre-programmed to a destination, where its wings would then detach and the body would deliver a 150-pound bomb. During World War II, B-17 and B-24 bombers were used as unpiloted aircraft. Pilots initially got the aircraft off the ground and then parachuted out as the UAVs continued to their destinations. However, none of the 50 manufactured UAVs were ever used in combat. Modern military UAVs became increasingly popular in the 1980’s when the United States and Israel teamed up to produce the RQ2 Pioneer. In 2001, the United States flew Predator 3034 over Afghanistan, and the…

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