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Managing Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles From A 3d Virtual Environment , Jared Scott Knutzon Jan 2006

Managing Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles From A 3d Virtual Environment , Jared Scott Knutzon

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

One hundred and three years ago the aviation age began with the Wright brothers in Kittyhawk, North Carolina. It is well known that manned aviation has made tremendous progress over the decades that followed. Less familiar are the deep history and roots of unmanned aviation, which is often thought of as a recent phenomenon. Initially, modern unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were instruments of war, and the challenge was to develop an unmanned system that could fly a preplanned route and return home. Once this level of autonomy was reached, it became clear that UAVs would have a considerable impact on ...