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  1. unmanned aircraft system

    That system whose components include the necessary equipment, network, and personnel to control an unmanned aircraft. Also called UAS.

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  1. Unmanned aerial vehicle

    An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone and referred to as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft by the International Civil Aviation Organization, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed. They are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty or dangerous" for manned aircraft.

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