UAV is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. An UAV is essentially a robotic airplane or a flying drone. It is usually preprogrammed to operate and fly to its destination. However, it is also sometimes flown by a human operator usually situated in a ground station. The UAV is controlled through line of sight (LOS) C Band or a KU Band satellite datalink.

Some of the applications of UAVs include:
- Coastal Environmental Pollution Detection
- Remote Sensing Applications
- Military Reconnaissance Missions

Some of the companies involved in research and development of UAV systems:
- Aerovations
- General Atomics