Emerging Applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Across Global Government and Commercial Sectors
The significant potential and benefits of UAS have led to increasing implementation since the mid-1980s. Through the years, these platforms have proven successful on numerous missions, leading to growing popularity. UAS now has a significant role for numerous military units worldwide. A decrease in military expenditure has, however, nudged UAS manufacturers to look towards commercial markets. This market insight covers emerging applications for unmanned aerial systems globally.
Regulatory processes restrain commercial growth in all but a select few countries.
Next Generation (NextGen) Air Traffic Management systems such as automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) are critical pieces of the puzzle to integrate UAS into the National Airspace (NAS).
Technological developments are mission enablers in the same way that mission requirements drive technological changes. Technological milestones have yet to be met to enable the safe integration of UAS into non-segregated airspace.
Green technologies and technologies giving enhanced power and endurance, coupled with higher payload capacities, will further encourage adoption of UAS.
Improved computing power and higher speed data links will allow for more sophisticated control and management techniques.
Modularity of systems and standardisation of middleware will allow for flexibility and configurability of systems.
Law enforcement and first responders lead the pack, with cautious uptake for agriculture and forestry.
Costs and inconsistent demand limit commercial buy-in, though this is expected to change gradually as UAS continue to become more efficient and less costly.
In other words, more capability at less cost encourages more market growth.
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