Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Evolution and Opportunity

Since the Aerospace Industry Association’s 2013 report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned flight technology and platforms have continued to evolve in new and innovative ways. Small start-ups to major global corporations are establishing UAS-based aviation services and solutions, and there is continued growth projected for military UAS flights and orders.

A cultural shift driven by consumer and commercial use is underway as well. Due to the increasing availability of low-cost unmanned systems and their growing acceptance for uses such as videography, most consumers are now aware of unmanned aircraft and their basic capabilities – beyond their initial adoption as a recreational platform. Today, unmanned aircraft have also earned acceptance as a tool for the creative arts, and as vehicles of personal expression. As a result, negative perceptions are changing.

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