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What is a drone?

Drones are the new transport mode of the future and are being used more and more frequently in Germany. For this reason, this page provides you with a brief definition of the term as well as basic background information on drones.

Drones are aircraft and are also known by the abbreviation UAS, which is short for ‘unmanned aircraft system’. A UAS consists of an unmanned aircraft and its equipment. It can be controlled either by a human being or by an integrated or external computer. Thus, a drone can also be a partly or fully autonomous aircraft. Unmanned aircraft systems also include the control unit and the signal transmission path.

The term ‘drone’ was initially used for UAS used for military purposes and, strictly speaking, only refers to the flying part of the ‘system’.

Privately or commercially used drones are usually controlled by a remote-control unit or other mobile device. They frequently have cameras for capturing still and moving images. In some cases, it is even possible to combine the systems with smartphones.

Drones are used in different fields, for example in business and industry or for leisure purposes. The operational scenarios are becoming more and more diverse. The rapid development of the technology constantly leads to new opportunities to simplify or optimize certain activities using drones. Further information on drone applications as well as specific use cases can be found here.

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