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What is a Drone and Are there Different Types of Drones?

What is a drone?

Despite immense growth in popularity, many still find themselves asking the question,”What is a drone?”

A drone is simply an unmanned vehicle. The term “drone” however encompasses several vehicle types. To name a few :

  • UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)
  • UAS (unmanned aerial system)
  • AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle)
  • UGV (unmanned ground vehicle)

Don’t worry because we won’t overwhelm you with every vehicle type and acronym right now!

What is a Drone and Are there Different Types of Drones?

What is a Drone : Wikipedia’s Definition

While it isn’t the most infallible source of information, Wikipedia is arguably one of the most trusted sites available. So, how does Wikipedia define drones?

“An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or by several other names, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.”

Our Definition :

A drone is any pilotless vehicle, remotely operable or autonomous, that is capable of various tasks from simple travel to complex programmable missions.

Why Drone “Travel?”

You may be wondering why we specify drone “travel” instead of the overused term “flight”. Well, drones are capable of aquatic, aerial, or terrain deployments, and while UAVs are the most popular form of drones today, AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and UGVs (unmanned ground vehicle) are just as indispensable to the drone community.