The Secretary of Defense Policy Memorandum on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) outlines the potential uses of UAVs, from military and intelligence use to firefighting, traffic control, rescue operations, maritime and airport security, parks and forests administration, and more. Additionally, commercial uses such as aerial photography and video services, data collection, building and infrastructure inspections, package delivery, residential and commercial real estate, security monitoring and inspections, film production, mapping, agriculture, and custom drones specifically designed for specific applications are outlined in the Secretary of Defense Policy Memorandum. Universities and institutions are also using UAVs to collect environmental data, images, and samples for research projects. The Secretary of Defense Policy Memorandum also addresses the personal use of small unmanned aerial vehicles for entertainment purposes as well as home security and property maintenance.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established rules for the integration of UAS into the National Aerospace System which will likely lead to its further proliferation of custom drones. UAVs can be fully or partially autonomous but are most often remotely controlled by a human pilot. As UAV technologies have improved and relative costs have decreased, the market growth among non-military operators has outpaced military and intelligence use. UAVs are aircraft with no crew or passengers on board. They can be automated 'drones' or remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs). RAND research has contributed to public discussion on the use of drones for war and surveillance.
Since the widespread use of unmanned aerial vehicles is relatively new, legislation is still being updated. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot, crew, or passengers on board. UAVs can fly for long periods of time at a controlled level of speed and altitude and play a role in many aspects of aviation. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are increasingly integrated into today's airspace providing unparalleled intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data for military and civilian applications. This policy direction is set forth in the Secretary of Defense Policy Memorandum entitled Guide to Home Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in U. S.
Airspace. UAVs can be automated 'drones' or remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs). An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is defined as a motorized aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to lift the vehicle, can fly autonomously or be remotely piloted, can be disposable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or non-lethal payload. After the Vietnam War countries outside Great Britain and the United States began exploring unmanned aerial technology. A similar term is an unmanned aircraft vehicle system (UAVS), remotely piloted aerial vehicle (RPAV), remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS).
Rating of UAV military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) based on weight, maximum altitude and speed of the UAV component. This local positioning system allows manned and remotely controlled aerial vehicles (RPAS) to determine their relative position under the harshest environmental conditions. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which includes adding a ground controller and a communications system with the UAV. Britain's Aerial Target, a small radio-controlled aircraft was first tested in March 1917 while the American aerial torpedo known as the Kettering Bug first flew in October 1918.