Questions tagged [unmanned-aerial-vehicle]

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.

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Can you track drones online?

You can tracks planes, automobiles and boats on Internet, but does tracking technology exist for drones and if so, can you follow them online?
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Drones photography and ground control regulation [closed]

I have been having a conversation at the office about whether to use ground control when using drones/UAVs to capture aerial images. The ground control that I am referring too is any permanent survey ...
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Would solar panels on the wing of an aircraft increase drag?

If a small scale UAV (wingspan <2 metres) was to be fitted with solar panels on its wings to have more power available, would the addition of these panels cause an increase in the drag coefficient, ...
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Could the US Air Force ever replace the Thunderbird pilots with drones? [closed]

Would it be possible or practical for the US Air Force to replace the Thunderbird pilots with drones? The drones could perform more difficult maneuvers and do them more precisely. The University of ...
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Can a drone hitting a plane be mistaken for a birdstrike?

Could a bird-sized consumer drone be digested by a jet engine, and not be recognized as a drone, mistaking it as a bird strike? I'm thinking of the situation during the flight - like an engine ...
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Can commercial airplanes be converted to drones?

Is it possible to convert a commercial airplane into a drone, such that if a pilot fails to respond to ATC it can be remotely piloted?
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What are the factors considered while placing a propeller on a plane? [duplicate]

I have read the post where it describes about the push and pull configurations of the engine, advantages/dis-advantages in them but not the purpose. I have seen images of a figter where the ...
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UAV project in aerospace department [closed]

I am 2nd year PhD student in Physics. Can you think of any UAV project which won't contribute to army? UAV designing is a career of my dream, but I want to serve the greater good. However, all ...
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Rules and restriction for toy UAV in India on very low heights ? (max 50 meter from ground ) [duplicate]

We want use RC UAV to take some pictures of heritage forts (Gadh) around Pune. Do I need a special permission for that ? I have seen some one doing it before but just for to be sure I need to know. ...
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Are the military tilted-thrust aircraft in the film Avatar feasible?

As full-scale aircraft or as models / UAVs / drones? Is anyone working on making these real or are they fundamentally flawed designs, or needing new materials to be invented?
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Is the Inspire 1 a good drone starter aircraft? [closed]

First of all, I'm not totally positive that this will be well received here; I did read the related meta, but am unsure. I have also asked the question in support of the new Drone SE. I'm new to ...
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What exactly is a “drone”?

I was under the impression that things like this: and soon this and even this Are drones. When and how did the media and the general public get the idea that these: Are also drones? I'm not ...
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Can a drone travel beyond the range of its remote control signal?

In a hobby drone, is it possible to set up the autopilot so that the drone travels to a distance far beyond the range of the remote control device and then comes back to the starting point? When I see ...
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Write my own autopilot software [closed]

For a hobbyist looking to write an autopilot program for a mode lUAV/drone, what are the aviation related considerations that would be involved in its design? How could things like the ADC (air data ...
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Open source drone technologies [closed]

What is the best place to understand the details of drones? Preferably something open source. Books would also be helpful.
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Is there a benefit to having the motors for a multi-rotor copter on the top vs the bottom of the frame?

There is a new quadcopter being launched on Indiegogo that has the quadcopter motors positioned on the top of the propellers as opposed to being positioned on the bottom. Is there any advantage to ...
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How are maps loaded in UAVs?

My question intends to find out how maps are downloaded/buffered at Ground Control Station's for UAV operations. I understand GPS transmitters relay the exact location of an aircraft on a map. However,...
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Can foreigner fly model aircraft (quadcopter) in US without being part of an organization (like AMA)?

The title says pretty much all. I'm visiting Guam very soon and I just found out the FAA is enforcing some rules that are mostly common sense. However, one rule states "the aircraft is operated in ...
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Is a smartphone required to control a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+? [closed]

Not sure if this is on-topic here, as the official guidance seems a bit vague. Anyways, I've got a relatively simple question. I'm considering purchasing a Phantom 2 Vision+, but am a little unclear ...
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How do you contact ATC if you want to do RC flying in the US?

This question talks about flying RC models in US and latest "guidelines" to follow. One of them is contacting ATC tower if you are within 5 miles of the airport The seems pretty simple but I'll ask ...
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Does the Predator drone's design make a tail strike more likely on takeoff and landing?

I was reading an article about drones and happened to glance at an included 3-view of the General Atomics Predator series UAV. The inverted-V tail appears to leave, at most, around 6" of clearance to ...
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Is multi/quadcopter flight control similar to helicopters?

The wikipedia Quadcopter entry provides some details about its flight control: Hovering or altitude adjustement. Pitch or roll adjustment. Yaw adjustement. The following post "Quadcopter flight ...
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Why are predator drones being used over civilian California?

A couple of months back I was going on a road trip through California and stopped by a dry lake called El Mirage Lake. It's a very tacky area requiring a permit to enter. My friend and I showed up ...
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What is this object that followed me up the street?

I saw my first UAV last night as it followed me up the street in Lancaster, PA. Does anyone know what type of unit this is or who would own one? I am guessing it was the police? I am curious.
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What type of microcontrollers are used in large scale UAVs?

What type of microcontrollers (in terms of processing power, clock speed) are used in large scale UAVs such as the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator etc. ? Also, ...
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What damage can occur and what penalties will you face for flying a quad rotor into a restricted airspace?

I live near the Cleveland International Airport. I have a Quadrocopter and the fence doesn't seem to be very high. I could probably fly my quadcopter into the airport. Is this legal? Can I crash a ...
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Have there been any cases of collision/airprox of small drones with manned aircraft?

Small civilian mini-drones such as the DJI Phantom or professional surveying drones are becoming increasingly widespread, raising concerns about the potential collision/airprox with manned aircraft (...
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What qualifies a UAV as an MAV?

Micro aerial vehicles are a special class of UAVs that have gained a lot of attention and research focus in the past few years. These are generally smaller in size ranging from 3m to 15 cm depending ...
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Why do we still use pilots to fly airplanes?

With the recent advances in drone and remote control technology, why are there still commercial and military pilots? I understand that there can be some serious tactical advantages to human pilots in ...
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Quadcopter Design [closed]

What would be the most optimal shape for a quadcopter design? I have tried the cross beam design, but the center joint, though epoxied, is extremely prone to shearing off on impact.
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What protocol should be followed after accidentally entering restricted airspace with a UAV?

This is related to my earlier question. Delhi has a lot of areas with restricted airspace and no fly zones. Assuming we are able to get the necessary licenses and permissions to fly, what should we ...
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What restrictions apply to flying RC and UAV planes in India at very low altitudes?

We are working on a UAV and will soon get to the testing phase. We intend to fly at a maximum altitude of 300-400 meters. I wanted to know as to what restrictions apply to the airspace in India (...
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What licenses and/or training should one obtain to be able to fly a drone in California?

The FAA will open up to flying civilian drones in 2015. Should we get pilot licenses to be ready for this? if so, is there a difference between plane or helicopter pilot license? Links related: NASA ...
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How is drone (UAS) traffic regulated in the US?

Does the FAA regulate drones at this time? Maybe they regulate only a certain class / size of UAV / UAS? Is drone regulation to the level that traffic is managed through ATC?

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