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FritzX - Azon

When the war broke out in 1914 scientists already knew how to remotely control a vehicle with radio signals. In 1905 Spanish Engineer Leonardo Torres-Quevedo demonstrated a radio controlled boat that accepted commands from more than a mile away. During the war Germany produced and successfully used the Fernlenkboot, an unmanned, wire guided speed boat that carried a 700kg warhead. In addition scientists had long understood how to use gyroscopes to keep a craft steady. The Howell Torpedo designed in 1870 used gyroscopic force to keep it steady and on target. It should also be noted that from the very beginning there was significant research on unmanned flight, The Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Germany (1914 – 1918).

Although in 1914 there was a great interest in unmanned flight and an understanding of remote control and gyroscopics did scientists have a deep enough knowledge of aerodynamics to produce a primitive, wire-guided gravity bomb?

I ask because in the 1940s Germany produced the highly effective Fritz-X radio guided bomb and America built the AZON and RAZON.

These were amazing weapons. However were there scientific or engineering limitations that stopped designers from building primitive versions of these weapons during WW1?

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    $\begingroup$ The linked document already mentions the Siemens-Schuckert Torpedo glider. It was meant to be launched from Zeppelins against warships and was wire-guided. However, it was still in development at the end of the war. In the end, no production version resulted but tests were successful. So the answer would be: Yes, eventually. What is missing? $\endgroup$ – Peter Kämpf Oct 17 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterKämpf Maybe my question should have been more clear. I'm referring to a wire guided bomb like the Fritz-X or AZON. By WW1 had engineers learned enough about aerodynamics to produce a primitive wire guided bomb? Or alternately did it take until the 1940s before our knowledge was deep enough to produce that type of weapon? $\endgroup$ – myNewAccount Oct 17 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterKämpf I see why my question was unclear. I fixed it in the subject and in the body of my question. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – myNewAccount Oct 17 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ @myNewAccount I feel that if they did then a guided bomb would have already existed in 1940. I mean...it's really obvious early on how many bombs you have to drop to hit anything. $\endgroup$ – DKNguyen Oct 18 at 0:48

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