Drones are awesome and fun. We should us all things to Glorify Christ – otherwise it is just vain.

Proverbs 31:30 – Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or uncrewed aircraft, commonly known as drone, is a plane with no pilot, crew, or human passengers onboard. Unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are aircraft which may be controlled remotely by a pilot, or through a preprogrammed program or automated systems which allow it to operate autonomously. A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is defined as an aerial vehicle with no human operators, using aerodynamic forces to provide the vehicles lift, capable of flying autonomously or being controlled remotely, capable of being either operated on a loss-of-function or recovery basis, and capable of carrying lethal or non-lethal cargo. UAV stands for unmanned aerial vehicle, anything that can fly without an operator aboard.

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

UAVs are piloted remotely, requiring no person onboard an aircraft in order to fly. Autonomous drones, however, are a type of UAV, but they are not piloted remotely by humans. For recreational purposes, a drone (as opposed to UAV) is a model airplane with either first-person video, autonomous capabilities, or both.

Delivery drones are typically self-driving UAVs used to deliver groceries, packages, or goods to your front door. These flying vehicles are known as the last mile delivery drones, because they are used to deliver items from stores or warehouses close to you.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 – He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

A drone is a non-piloted plane or vessel which is guided by remote control or self-driving. Drone refers mostly to a self-driving plane, primarily used in military contexts, whereas in general, is used to refer to any kind of unmanned aerial vehicle. Basically, a drone is an aerial robot which can be controlled remotely or flies autonomously using flight plans controlled by software within its embedded systems, working together with the sensors and global positioning system (GPS) onboard.

A UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) includes not just a UAV (or drone), but a human on the ground controlling the flight, and the systems that are installed to link both. UAVs are one component of a Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), which further includes a ground-based controller and communication system with the UAV. These systems include, but are not limited to, Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS), where a pilot controls a UAV using a radio data link from a distant location.

1 Timothy 4:8 – For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

The development and employment of military UAS, so critical to advancing the scale and capabilities of these systems, particularly large UAVs, has been made possible by airspace they used being permanently or temporarily separated, and manned aircraft access being excluded from or tightly controlled. As before, the military has led in UAV usage, and it is only more recently that they have become, at smaller sizes, available to civilian users, which were formerly limited to a long-standing hobbyistic activity of flying model radio-controlled planes.

Many of these applications were developed within the military, with the wider public seeing UAVs evolving into reconnaissance or spy vehicles used in times of war. The use of UAVs for aerial missions is fairly simple, but in terms of observation, navigation, and intelligence, they offer a further layer of security to land missions. UAVs can fly long durations with controlled levels of speed and altitude, and they play roles in a number of aspects of aerial warfare.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 – Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

UAVs have been a boon to photographers, who have used UAVs to capture vast images from above. Todays drones are far more sophisticated than those from years past, equipped with thermal imaging, laser rangefinders, and even tools for conducting aerial strikes. With advances in control technology, most drones can be deployed and operated with a relatively low amount of experience.

Scientists are now working on incorporating unmanned planes into their processes, using drones to gather data for studies. In addition to the military applications of UAVs, which is where the term drone first became more synonymous, a number of civilian uses have been developed, including aerial crop inspection, stunt aerial footage for movie production, search and rescue operations, inspection of transmission lines and pipelines, counting wildlife, and delivery of medical supplies in remote or otherwise inaccessible areas. One example is the proposed use of flying robots, or UAVs, for delivery packages. Recent rapid advances in expanding the range of military and national uses for UASs has led to the realization of very broad potential civilian commercial applications of a variety of UASs, most of them smaller UAVs operating at altitudes above terrain typically used by crewed aircraft, or at least at altitudes of around 1,000 feet AGL.

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Being a global pioneer in creating and implementing regulations on the use of commercial unmanned aircraft, Frances Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) calls these drones. As the industry of unmanned aerial vehicles becomes increasingly visible and important for the progress within our society, we believe it is important to clarify key differences between the terms unmanned aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomous drones.

Unmanned Aircraft (UA) means any aircraft that is operated or designed for autonomous operation, or for remote control piloting, with no on-board pilot. The terms Unmanned Aircraft (UA) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are used to describe the aircraft itself, while the term Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is typically used to describe the whole operational apparatus, including the aircraft, control station from which the aircraft is operated, and a wireless data link. Many terms are used for planes that are flown with no human beings onboard. Popular types of UAVs include semi-autonomous vehicles, which require either human operators or a ground station for remote UAV control, and autonomous vehicles, which operate autonomously with no human interactions using only an onboard computer (Palossi et al., 2019).

Matthew 26:52 – Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

As of 2021, quadcopter UAVs illustrate widespread hobbyist radio-controlled airplanes and toys, however, UAV usage in commercial and general aviation is limited due to a lack of autonomy and emerging regulatory environments requiring visual line-of-sight communication with a pilot. As control technologies mature and costs decrease, UAVs used in the twenty-first century are quickly finding a variety of additional applications, including aerial photography, product delivery, agriculture, policing and surveillance, infrastructure inspection, science, and drone racing.