A Historical Perspective on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
This ‘pictorial’ Chapter presents a historical perspective on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) starting from Ancient Greece to the beginning of the 21st Century. The UAV history, from a very early dream to today’s reality is illustrated through a series of figures with detailed legends that are arranged mostly chronologically; they reveal the unmanned vehicle evolution and designs over a period of almost 2,500 years. The Chapter, even though it is non-technical, offers an accurate glimpse of history and helps the reader understand the tremendous level of growth in the unmanned systems area. Almost all figures have been taken from archives and web sites available on-line. The list is by no means complete, but it is very informative. The Chapter layout and contents are similar to Chapter 1 of reference .
KeywordsHistorical Perspective Unman Aerial Vehicle Unmanned Vehicle Micro Aerial Vehicle Fixed Wing
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