DID YOU KNOW?
Marilyn Monroe (who was known as Norma Jean Doherty at the time) worked in the California plant, as part of the team that assembled the OQ-2s.
Around the same time as the RQ-2 Pioneer production, aerospace engineer Abraham Karem, worked in his garage just outside of LA, to developed a prototype for the GNAT 750. His design was then purchased by General Atomics, an American defence contractor.
Part way through the Gulf War, it became part of the American operations for at least one UAV to be airborne at all times.
During the Bosnian War, the CIA invested in two of the GNAT 750s invented by Abraham Karem, for $5million, for surveillance operations over Bosnia.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants permission for film & TV production companies to begin using drones on set.
Amazon makes the suggestion of using compact drones to deliver their packages.
The popularity of drones amongst consumers grows further, which brings about the need for laws and ethical regulations.
Startup company, Zipline, launch their medical drone delivery service that will provide supplies to 1,000 clinics and over 12 million people in Tanzania.
Drones are championed as the global answer to urban air pollution. They will be used to record and regulate dangerous gas emissions after a prototype successfully collected measurements during trial runs.
Numerous police departments across America use drones to analyse car crash scenes and utilise thermal imaging to help with search and rescues and fugitive apprehension.