Photo Credit: A1C Nancy Smelser, Tyndall Air Force Base
This is the pilot control joystick, positioned on the drone aircraft control panel inside the drone radar approach control van. The van is handling take-off, flight, and landing for the QF-100 Super Sabre drone aircraft.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.
It costs a few thousand dollars (more than a few, actually, a drone could cost a few million dollars, too) – but the only ones being killed are folks on the other side. See? There’s a bottom line to everything.