A drone is a type of aircraft. Some drones are tiny. Others are the size of an airplane. But drones are very different from airplanes. For one thing, they don’t carry people. Here’s the scoop on drones.
Drones have propellers. The propellers are like blades on a fan. They turn quickly. This lifts the drone up into the air. Zoom!
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Drones can be flown by computers. They can also be flown by a person on the ground with a remote control.
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Some drones fly high and far. They take off and land vertically. They can get to places that are hard to reach.
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Drones can take pictures. They can also shoot videos. They can give us a bird’s-eye view of our world.
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Drones can put on a show. They can light up and form an image in the sky. The image on the cover of this issue was made using lots of drones. What a sight!