History of Drones | Everything You Need To Know About UAVs

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History of Drones | Everything You Need To Know About UAVs

The drone industry massively is growing since 2015 – When FAA drones were allowed to use drones for recreational purposes.

But what behind the history behind these small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)? When were they inverted? and who invented them?

This article will explain the brief history of drones and when the first drone was developed and deployed. – Let’s dive in

Briefly History of Drones

The history of drones can be traced back to July 1849 when the Austrian incendiary balloon attacked Venice before they were popular during World War I, world war II, the Vietnam war, and the cold war.

After several uses of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the military and other groups, In 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate of authorization that allowed the drone to use within the US for recreational purposes.

FAA permits lifted some limitations placed on consumer drones flown for recreational purposes. Doing so opened up new possibilities for companies or professionals who wanted to use drones in business ventures like photography or videography.

History of drones

The Drone Generations

Since drone technology has advanced in recent years, giving rise to new generations of ever more capable machines. As the drone industry continues to evolve and mature is a breakdown of drone generations.

Generation 1:

Remote control aircraft of all forms

Generation 2:

Static design, fixed camera mount, video recording and still photos, manual piloting control

Generation 3:

Static design, two-axis gimbals, HD video, basic safety models, assisted piloting

Generation 4:

Transformative designs drones with three-axis gimbals, 1080P HD video or higher-value instrumentation, improved safety, and autopilot modes.

Drone types

Generation 5:

360° gimbals drones with a 4K video and intelligent piloting modes.

Generation 6:

Commercial suitability, safety, and regulatory standards-based design, platform and payload adaptability, automated safety modes, intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, airspace awareness

Generation 7:

Complete commercial suitability, fully compliant safety and regulatory standards-based design, platform, and payload interchangeability, automated safety modes, enhanced intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, full airspace awareness, auto action (takeoff, land, and mission execution)

History of Drones

Why is it called a drone?

The Radio-controlled aircraft called RPVs, or “remotely piloted vehicles,” but their creators and users soon gave up the acronym for something simple. There were two meanings for a drone then: a “male bee” or a “monotonous, sustained sound.” an inspirational term in applying the word “drone” to Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

When was the drone first invented?

The first drone was created in 1907 by brothers Jacques and Louis Bréguet, working with Professor Charles Richet. The drone had some setbacks like not being steerable, it required four men to steady it in directions, and it lifted off two feet off the ground on its first flight.

When were drones first used?

The Ruston Proctor Aerial Target was the first drone used in 1917. It was the radio-controlled pilotless airplane based on RC technology from the inventor Nikola Tesla.

The goal of the Aerial Target was to act as a flying bomb into enemies.

Who is the father of drones?

A.M. Low is known as the ‘Father of the Remotely Piloted Vehicle’ who guided the development of the first pilotless aircraft from his expertise in television and radio technology.

multi-rotor drone

Why was the drone invented?

The drone was first inverted to act as flying bombs into enemies’ territories. Despite promising demonstrations, AT was never employed in combat but paved the way for comparable experiments, such as the Kettering Bug, and laid the path for today’s military drones.

How were drones invented?

The goal was to develop aircraft that could be controlled remotely or fly autonomously, allowing them to be utilized for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other military missions without placing pilots in danger.

Drones have been developed for a range of consumer and business applications, including photography, delivery, and search and rescue. Drone technology has improved to the point that they can now do intricate maneuvers and have advanced capabilities.


When was the 1st drone made?

The first quadcopter was developed in 1907 by Australia when they were attacking Venice.

Who first invented drones?

The first drones were inverted by 1907 by brothers Jacques and Louis Bréguet,

What were the first drones originally used for?

Drones were employed for the first time to act as flying bombs in military missions.

When did drones become available to the public?

Drones were available to the public in 2015 when Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate of authorization that allowed drone uses within the US for recreation purposes.

      Jastine Martine
      Jastine Martine

      Jastine Martine is the editor at JoinTheWays. He is obsessed with flying different types of drones and his love for UAVs is unmatched. He also loves storytelling, Digital Marketing, and networking with other people around the world.

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