Commercialization: The Future of the Drone Industry

What is the way to the future for drones? What commercial potentials do drones have that can sustain people’s interest in them, aside from their being hobby drones? Many agree commercialization of drones is the way to go, as it is expected to generate a lot of jobs.

An article written by a member of the popular New York City Drone Users Group (NYCDUG) believes that drones for delivery may be still be 10 years away from public acceptance , compared with drones used for  Disaster Recovery, Public Service, Sport, Arts, and Competition. The writer also believes that  If cars, ships, railroads all depend on their infrastructures, rules and regulations to do their jobs, drones should not be any different. Read his post here:

In countries with less tight restrictions than in the U.S. commercial uses for aerial robots have been popping up in the news and experimented with by businesses.
The surveying profession is just one of many that will be disrupted as aerial robots are allowed to enter civilian airspace for their various tasks. Others include aerial surveying of crops, acrobatic aerial footage in filmmaking, search and rescue operations, inspecting power lines and pipelines, counting wildlife, delivering medical supplies to remote or otherwise inaccessible regions and some of these:

Remote sensing;
Commercial aerial surveillance;
Weather monitoring and surveillance;
Commercial and motion picture filmmaking;
Domestic policing;
Oil, gas and mineral exploration and production;
Transport of materials;
Scientific research;
   Read more potential uses here:

Some of these are already in practice elsewhere outside the USA, although drone users in the country cannot seem to wait for official FAA approval to fly their drones for their businesses, albeit with caution.

Faced with the constantly changing landscape of Federal Aviation Administration policies regarding unmanned aerial vehicles — commonly known as drones — Fripp Island real estate broker Whit Suber follows a well-practiced approach.
“I ignore it,” he said.
He was only half-joking, as he and others in the Lowcountry using drones with cameras for both professional and personal uses are keeping an eye on policies and lawsuits being decided on a national level.  Read the story in full here:

Last month, Webinar: “The Way Forward: Commercialization of UAS with Regulatory Uncertainty” was presented by Timothy Reuter, President of the DC Area Drone User Group and founder of the Drone User Group Network. He wrote as a short brief on the webinar that In March 2013 AUVSI released its report on The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft System Integration in the United States noting that in the first three years of integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. Report author Darryl Jenkins appears on the webinar to talk about the study.

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