01 Sep A BRIEF INFOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF DRONES, BY DAVID ATTARD
Personal drones have been rising in popularity the last few years (pun intended). These small pieces of technology have really taken off, for one primary reason – their ability to provide a different kind of view at an affordable price – something which up to a few years ago was only achievable with the aid of a helicopter or a small plane (and out of the budgetary reach of most people).
But today’s drones, have had quite an interesting history … starting from unmanned hot-air balloons, all the way to deadly-predator military UAVs, there were plenty of tiny steps which eventually lead to today’s technology coming together.
The rise of drone technology in use today has been in the making for a quite long-time.
What we know today as autonomous drones, have been in use at least since the 60s in the form of the Ryan Firebee (one of the very first-jet-propelled drones). But unmanned aircraft have been used for surveillance and military purposes for much longer than that – since the mid 1800s