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Not all drones are created equal

This post follows "An Illustrated History of the Drone," Mashable's first animated mini-documentary about the history of drone technology.

On Nov. 20, we hosted a Google Hangout with Peter W. Singer, top-notch strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C., and Arthur Holland Michel, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in Anandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., about what the future looks like for unmanned aerial technology — or, rather, drones.

This got us thinking: Just how many types of drones are being built?

See also: An animated history of drones

Below, check out how some of the most iconic unmanned aerial machines — military and domestic — measured up next to an average-sized person. This is just a small sample of what's out there. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that, by 2018, the United States will be home to more than 7,500 small, commercial drones. Military Factory reports 95 different types of drones are currently in use or development in militaries across the world.

(Pro tip: Click on the crosshair icons to learn more about each machine.)