No longer do missions compromise merely human physiology; this means long-endurance missions lasting days or longer can be accomplished while vehicle flight does not need to be constrained by human tolerances and limitations. The FAA, in August of 2016, issued its rules and regulations for flying UAVs and “remotely piloted aircraft” in the National Air Space (NAS). Importantly, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) removes the human directly from flying "dull, dirty, or dangerous" missions. These are the drivers that have and will encourage the development and deployment of UAS.


  • Weather Science & Atmospherics
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Utilities' Maintenance, Safety & Surveillance
  • Pipeline Maintenance Safety & Surveillance
  • Disaster Recovery & First Responders

According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI):

  1. The economic impact of the integration of UAS into the National Air Space (NAS) will total more than $13.6 billion in the first three years of integration and will grow sustainably for the foreseeable future, aggregating to more than $82.1 billion between 2015 and 2025.
  2. Integration into the NAS will create more than 34,000 manufacturing jobs and more than 70,000 new jobs in the first three years.
  3. By 2025, total job creation is estimated at 103,776 and
  4. The manufacturing jobs created will be high-paying and require technical baccalaureate degrees, at a minimum.

As was noted above, unmanned and autonomous systems are particularly well-suited for, among other tasks, dirty and dangerous missions.


Analysis of four key areas was instrumental in developing sound forecasts for UAS demand in the near to intermediate term. They are: technology, the mission, economics and a broad range of existing or anticipated challenges:

Video drone flown by DII, LLC at GVF Living Laboratory

Missions: In the military, there are emerging mission-imperatives such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).  Other examples contemplated for the markets targeted at GVF Living Laboratory are store delivery, cargo transport, insurance adjusters and countless others that are emerging. As is planned for GVF Living Laboratory, unmanned and autonomous systems are technology enablers in the same way that “mission requirements drive technological changes.”




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