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  • An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone and also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft by the International Civil Aviation Organization, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. ICAO classify unmanned aircraft into two types under Circular 328 AN/190: Autonomous aircraft – currently considered unsuitable for regulation due to legal and liability issues Remotely piloted aircraft – subject to civil regulation under ICAO and under the relevant national aviation authority There are many different names for these aircraft. They are called UAS, UAV, RPAS and model aircraft. It has also become popular to refer to them as drones. Their flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.