The growing aviation sector has spawned a curious alphabet soup of acronyms to describe the various types of unmanned, or remotely-controlled aircraft that grace our skies. News reports describe military drones carrying out surveillance or airstrikes against terrorists around of the world. Companies like Amazon are experimenting with deliveries via drones. And high-tech drones of all shapes and sizes are available to consumers in hobby shops and department stores across the country.
They can’t all be called by the same name can they?
As it turns out, there’s quite a bit of controversy when it comes to terms like drone, UAV (unmanned aircraft vehicle), RPA (remotely-piloted aircraft), and UAS (unmanned aircraft system). So today, we’re taking a look at some of these acronyms to try to make sense of it all. Continue reading How Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Drones Are Different