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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

v1.2.0 / TOC / 01 jan 03 / greg goebel / public domain

* Unmanned aircraft, known variously as "drones", "remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs)", and now "unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)", have been a feature of aviation for much of its history, though in limited or secondary roles. In the 21st century, the technology seems to be headed towards greatly expanded use. This document outlines the history, current technology, and future prospects of UAVs.


[1.0] US Target Drones

[2.0] International Target Drones

[3.0] The Lightning Bug Reconnaissance Drones

[4.0] Secret US Reconnaissance Drones / Soviet Reconnaissance Drones

[5.0] Decoys

[6.0] US Battlefield UAVs (1)

[7.0] US Battlefield UAVs (2)

[8.0] International Battlefield UAVs (1)

[9.0] International Battlefield UAVs (2)

[10.0] US Endurance UAVs

[11.0] International Endurance UAVs

[12.0] The NASA ERAST HALE UAV Program

[13.0] UCAVs

[14.0] Miniature UAVs

[15.0] Miscellaneous Topics

[16.0] Comments, Sources, & Revision History


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