Drones

Events

Practice dones

Sep 17 1782

The Montgolfier brothers in France, were the first to experiment with balloons in 1782. In preparation for their manned flights they sent unmanned aerostats aloft.

first use of Drone

Dec 1 1806

"The first recorded use of an aerial device from aboard a ship occurred in 1806, almost 100 years before the Wright Brother's first powered flight at Kitty Hawk in December 1903. On that occasion, the Royal Navy's Lord Thomas Cochrane flew kites from the 32-gun frigate HMS Pallas to spread propaganda leaflets over the French coast."

Early Drones in venice

Aug 22 1849

"On August 22, 1849, the Austrians, who controlled much of Italy at this time, launched some 200 pilotless balloons against the city of Venice."

U.S Civil War

1861

U.S. Civil War

"balloons were flown in the U.S. Civil War in 1862, with both Confederate and Union forces using them for reconnaissance and bombing sorties."

During Spanish-American War

Feb 15 1898

"1898, during the Spanish-American War, and we find the U.S. military fitting a camera to a kite, producing the first ever aerial reconnaissance photos."

9 Foot RC Model

Sep 17 1934

"1934, Reginald Denny (screen actor and modeller) produced a nine-foot R/C model which he tried to sell to the Army for target practice for AA gunners."

Armored Aircraft targets for Bombing Practice

March 17 1935

"In early 1935, Commander Aircraft, Battle Force, requested the Chief of Naval Operations to provide high-speed, radio-controlled, armored aircraft targets for bombing practices."

Early Drone in Oregon

May 5 1945

"1945:: A Japanese balloon bomb kills six people in rural eastern Oregon. They are the only World War II U.S. combat casualties in the 48 states."

The Albatross and the Amber

Sep 19 1975

"In the 1970s and 1980s, with significant DARPA impetus and some DARPA funding, a variety of new technologies emerged, including the Global Positioning System, long-range data links, lightweight computer equipment and composite materials, as well as satellite communications and digital flight controls. The Albatross and the Amber were the harbingers of the modern era of U.A.V.s."

Predictor Program activated

Sep 16 2001

"The armed Predator program was activated days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, with Predators reaching Afghanistan by September 16th 2001"

Killer Predator and the giant

Sep 19 2001

"The killer Predator has flown thousands of missions since 2001, and the giant Global Hawk, can stay aloft and spy for up to 35 hours."

The Predictor and the Reaper

Sep 19 2001

"pilots of the Predator, and its larger cousin, the Reaper, have killed thousands of individuals since 2001."

First Preditcor Usage

Oct 19 2001

"In October, 2001, an armed Predator changed warfare forever. DAVID DEPTULA: I was the commander of the air operations against Afghanistan, where we actually used, for the first time, a weapon off the MQ-1 Predator. The advantages were enormous, an order of magnitude beyond where remotely piloted vehicles had been, just 10 years prior, in Desert Storm."

First used unmanned Predator

Feb 4 2002

It was [over] ten years ago ... on February 4, 2002, that the CIA first used an unmanned Predator drone in a targeted killing."

northwest Paskitan

Jun 17 2004

"The US government has been using armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to carry out hundreds of covert missile strikes in northwest Pakistan since at least June 2004."

Fatal Mistake

Mar 17 2013

"a March 2011 strike on a meeting of tribal elders that killed some 40 individuals. "

The X-74B

Jul 10 2013

"Developed by Northrop Grumman under a 2007 contract at a cost of $1.4 billion, the X-47B is capable of carrying weapons and is designed to be the forerunner for a drone program that will provide around-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and targeting"

Honeycomb Drone

Jul 19 2013

Can fly in any shape or formation

Lisa/S Chip Becomes open source

Sep 12 2013

smallest driver for drones

LEMV

Sep 19 2013

Largest drone in the world