Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a subset of drones, but not all drones are UAVs. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses the term “drone” to refer to any aircraft without a pilot on board, regardless of size, shape, or capacity. This includes UAVs, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), and other categories such as first-person view or airplane models. Autonomous military drones are also included in this definition.
UAVs are typically flown by remote control, with the pilot sending commands from a base. Autonomous drones can be controlled by a remote pilot or programmed to fly missions on their own with their autopilot, navigation unit, and integrated sensors. UAVs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to provide aerial views and data that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to obtain. They are used for a variety of applications such as surveying land, monitoring crops, inspecting infrastructure, delivering packages, and more.
UAVs have also become popular among hobbyists who use them for recreational purposes such as aerial photography and racing. In conclusion, while the terms “drone” and “UAV” are often used interchangeably, it is important to understand the distinction between them. All UAVs are drones, but not all drones are UAVs. Autonomous military drones also fall under this definition.
UAVs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to provide aerial views and data that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to obtain.