The Historical Timeline: The Evolution Of Drones

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The Evolution of Drones
Lenea Gutierrez
DeVry University

The Evolution of Drones
When most people think of a drone they deem it as simply a device much like a remote control car or plane. Believe it or not, drones have been around for over a century. Throughout most of the century, drones have been used primarily for warfare and surveillance. However, within the past two decades these devices have appealed to more companies as an inexpensive solution to business needs. What once started out as a hot air balloon has now evolved into a much more sophisticated device with many uses that only seem to be growing exponentially. This paper will discuss the predecessors to this technology as well as provide a historical diagram.
Historical Timeline
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Austria launched balloons with explosives attached into the city of Venice. While this idea lacked sophistication and accuracy, it was definitely a clever way to attack a country without having the loss of human lives. There is little information as to whether or not the attack was successful. Most reports claim that it could have been a successful attack, but wind caused the balloons to shift back towards the Austrians. Whether or not it was successful, one thing is for sure, it did set the stage for other countries to develop a far more superior weapon. In 1898, a U.S. corporal developed his version of an unmanned aerial vehicle; however it was used for surveillance purposes rather than as a weapon. Termed war kite, it was developed by Corporal William Eddy and was simply a kite with a camera attached to the top. “He used these kites to take hundreds of pictures of enemy positions.”(Howe 2015) Still a bit shy from technological advancement, this was still the first documented drone used for surveillance purposes. As advancements persisted in the United States, this paved the way for more refined UAV’s using radio controlled …show more content…
The Q-2, known as the Firebees, was by far the most impressive creation during its time. Previous to all other UAV’s, this UAV was capable of staying in the air for a longer time period as well as reaching record altitudes. “The early Firebee could stay in flight for two hours and was capable of reaching heights of up to 60,000 feet.” (History of U.S. Drones 2012) Another major feature of these drones was the speeds they recorded. Some of the prototypes hit record speeds of around 500mph. It became apparent that these sophisticated drones would be better use in the battlefield rather than as target

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