Did you know NASA was studying drones back in 1976? The agency’s Ames Research Center had commissioned Lockheed Missiles & Space Company for a drone study called Civil Uses of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. The 328 page study is available online and paints a picture of what these unmanned aircraft were back in the day. The study, which is 328 page long, also tried to predict the then future of drones, looking ahead to the years 1980 to 1985. The Lockheed study estimated the demand for RPV (Remotely Piloted Vehicle) systems to be at 2000 to 11000 systems, along with savings of 25-35% on RPVs over non-RPV alternatives.
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