This blog post is in reference to an article about the future of UAS. Although Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) has been around for more than a century, their use and applicability have always been restrictive for military operations. But as time passes and technology progresses, the overall system also began to improve. The collective years of improvement have allowed for it to gain popularity in the civilian sector as well. The U.S military chose to use the UAV platform because it allows for precisions in applications that are repetitive, dull, dirty and dangerous (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE(2013). Coincidentally; it is for that exact reason that UAV was found to be even more useful in civilian applications. Commercial usage of drones has been consistently gaining momentum over the past decade.
In the article covered, it stated that drones have become central to the functions of various businesses and governmental organizations and have managed to pierce through areas where certain industries were either stagnant or lagging behind (Joshi, 2017). Applications such as deliveries during rush hour to scanning remote military bases, drones are rapidly proving to be extremely viable in places where a man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner. Furthermore, the article emphasizes that the economic impact of commercial drones could be $82 billion and a 100,000 job boost to the U.S. economy by 2025 even in its infancy stage.
Although the article mainly focuses on the impact and potential of drones in the future, it did mention that the implementation of the Modernization act of 2012 will ensure that proper UAS technological support is in place to ensure the economic growth of Commercial UAS. Of the supporting technology mentioned; sense and avoid technology, battery life, and Lost prevention countermeasures were all to-do list items for the FAA’ roadmap to integration to support the new UAS industry. But For now; the article points out that the military continues to be the number driver of the UAS market until regulation allows for a fair competition.
Joshi, D. (2017, July). Exploring the latest drone technology for commercial, the industrial and military drone uses. Business Insider, 27(3).Retrieved from: http://www.businessinsider.com/drone-technology-uses-2017-7
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. (2013). Unmanned Systems Integration Roadmap Fy2013-2038. Retrieved from http://archive.defense.gov/pubs/DOD-USRM-2013.pdf