unmanned aerial vehicle

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unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Predator tactical UAV.
A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. Also called remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) and uninhabited combat aerial vehicles (UCAV).
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NASA's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR), developed and managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, can record changes on the ground beneath the aircraft that occur between multiple flights, which take exactly the same flight path.
"This is as novel as it gets," Sultana said, referring to the technology that she believes could miniaturize and potentially revolutionize space-based spectrometers, particularly those used on uninhabited aerial vehicles and small satellites.
Tom Hallett, a campaign co-coordinator for business development in BAE Systems' autonomous systems and future capability business, addressed students on the future of UAVs and the balance between manned and uninhabited aerial vehicles using BAE Systems programmes such as Taranis, Mantis and Herti as examples.
Europe needs drones, or Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as they are known in the jargon, for military or civilian use, says the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) President Charles Edelstenne.