How are Catapults like Drones?

Almost since the dawn of warfare, armies have sought ways to inflict the most damage on their enemies at the lowest cost to their own troops. Technologies from catapults to cannons have been developed with these simple goals in mind. Modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are just the latest version of these weapons, and like so many other ideas devised for warfare, military drones have spawned an entire industry of non-military UAVs. In this Inquiry Unit, students explore the origins of drones and their related technologies. They discuss the military and non-military applications of UAVs, as well as the ethical questions raised by their use.

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