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Why are drones called drones?

Have you ever wondered what the word drone could mean and why drones are called drones and not something like a four motors machine? 

That’s mainly because of two reasons 1) because drone sounds cool and 2) because back in World War II the countries used aerial vehicles that were unmanned i-e they were not controlled by any man and were used as targets for the fighters. Back in those days, they were radio controlled and so were given the name ‘Remotely Piloted vehicles,’ but with time, the scientists bored of the name decided to change it to something a little more interesting and hence the name ‘drones.’ 


The word ‘drone’ is derived from the Middle English word ‘drane’ meaning a ‘male honeybee’ or a ‘monotonous, sustained sound.’ The word was used for the first time back in the 1920s and 1930’s with the Fairey Queen and de Havilland Queen Bee target aircraft respectively.  

The word ‘drone’ meaning ‘a male bee’ basically refers to the functioning of an aircraft. Male worker bees don’t defend the hive at time of danger, nor do they gather honey, they live for one and one purpose only, and that is to impregnate the queen bee. They live a mindless existence with a sole purpose that is embedded in their thinking pattern at the time of birth. In a very similar manner, drones cannot defend at time of danger. They do not possess any artificial intelligence and are controlled by either visual from a camera or manufactured and programmed by a programmer, to hit a stationary target just like a male bee.  

These unmanned aerial vehicle systems have two parts mainly; the drone’s body and a control system. The front slightly coned area, also known as the nose is what accommodates all the navigational systems and the sensors. The rest of its body is full of other systems that are required in this functioning for example in its flight and target hitting etc. Due to the technology installed within its body, it leaves no space in it to carry humans, so they are controlled from the outside using different possible methods such as the Ground Control Systems (GCSs). 

The technology used is very advanced and carefully weighed as the flight of the drone greatly depends on it. The materials used in its manufacturing are light weighted and highly complex materials so that they absorb the vibrations of the sound. 

Using the word drone for remotely piloted vehicles emphasizes the fact that they have no intelligence of their own and will pinpoint to the target given to it by its programmer. The sound an RPV produces is also very similar to the buzzing of a bee. It was first used for an unmanned vehicle in 1946, but since the advancement of science and technology, the word has become very common.


Drones are one of the remarkable discoveries of science, with advancements being into the design every day to improve its working and features. The future is all bright!


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