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The sky is no limit as smarter drones appear on technology's horizon ... - San Francisco Luxury News

The sky is no limit as smarter drones appear on technology's horizon ... - San Francisco Luxury News

Ideas take flight … drones with flapping wings are already a reality. Photo: Reuters LIEUTENANT Uchatius could not have expected it at the time but his novel attack on Venice in August 1849 has become an important date in the history of modern aviation. The Austrian officer launched 200 ”balloon bombs” controlled by lengths of copper wire and timed fuses. He may well have been the father of a new weapon: the military drone. More than 160 years later, technology is driving military and civilian uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into remarkable areas. On the smallest scale, moths have had been implanted with electrodes to control their movements. On the grandest, UAVs could be flying in civilian airspace by the end of this decade, some experts believe. This potential is one of the reasons why the UAV sector is the most dynamic of the aviation industry. It is worth an e...

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