1. In the animal kingdom, a drone is a reproductive male bee or ant.
2. In aviation, a drone is a pilotless aircraft (from 1946).
3. In the Star Trek universe, a drone is a member
of the Borg Collective. A Borg drone, like
its insect counterpart, is efficient, expendable, and single-minded. Borg
drones are designed to carry out a specific task without boredom or fatigue,
and can labor continuously for several days before regenerating. To assist
in their specific task, each drone is supplied with a unique set of implants.
All Borg drones are also equipped with sufficient technology to maintain
their biological halves indefinitely; hence, Borg drones cannot die of old
age. The loss of a single drone or even the crew of an entire ship has litte
effect on the Collective as a whole: the lost drones are easily replaced
by newly assimilated drones. See also hive
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