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A Geek's Guide to Drones

Cars that drive themselves, planes that fly without a pilot — it sounds like something out of the film Transformers. But it's not science fiction anymore. Google has a self-driving car, and more companies than you might imagine are pumping out unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, though you may be more familiar with the term "drone." Above is a slideshow showcasing a number of these robotic aircraft, most of which can be either piloted remotely (like playing a flight simulator) or can be pre-programmed to fly specific missions. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you may be surprised to find out what's already in our skies.

BAE Systems
General Atomics
Lockheed Martin

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