Drones have been a prominent topic of conversation for the last couple years and have quickly become adopted by the public. Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are useful for a number of things. They can deliver packages, surveillance, photography, search and rescue, and much more. Unfortunately some people use drones for things they shouldn’t, so their safety and necessity is hotly debated. The fact drones can perform dangerous tasks once only possible if done by a human being is very appealing to many, however, drones being used for surveillance has made many people uncomfortable. There have also been several instances of drones interfering with planes, often resulting in collisions. Whether you think drones are a good idea or not, here are ten things you should know about them.

The First Armed Drones

The first documented case of an armed drone being deployed was in November 2001 to target an al-Qaeda member linked to the September 11th attacks.

Saving Lives

While drones are perhaps best known for their military use, they are also useful for NGOs delivering medicine and food to remote areas that need assistance.

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