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Technological Solutions to Overcoming Hurdles in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems Market

Abstract

Over the last decade, unmanned aerial vehicles and systems (UAVs/UASes)—also referred to as drones—have become widely popular and gained significant interest in commercial, consumer, and government markets. What used to be a largely military- focused application now has more than 400 companies worldwide engaged in developing drone technology and enabling use cases for the new era of commercial drones. The premise of having a flying object that can perform mission critical and business critical tasks, without much human involvement, offers a pivotal moment in the realm of smart automation and productivity. Regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies, despite their positive intentions, limit the mass application of these drones. Additionally, growing competition is already leading to commoditization before the market has even gained its footing. This article discusses how innovations in RF and microwave technology can provide a technical justification to ease regulatory barriers and help drone manufacturers differentiate their solutions to better succeed in the marketplace.

Introduction

With the advent of industrial robots, autonomous driving, new propulsion technology, and power efficient systems, the transition to UAVs is a natural evolution. An unmanned flying object that can be programmed to perform tasks that are too dangerous, time consuming, or difficult for humans is a huge technological leap toward a more automated and productive world. The concept of UAV/UAS is not too new and has been used in some shape or form since manned aircraft were put into mass use.

Unfortunately, the limits to our material science, propulsion, power and battery, sensor, and software technology capabilities have restricted the use of drones to very specific industries and applications. Traditionally, only large military forces were able to justify the cost to develop and use drones for intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance missions in environments that are too dangerous for humans to operate. Even today, many of us relate drones to military missions that we commonly hear about in the news.

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Jyoti Gazmer

A Mass Comm. graduate believes strongly in the power of words. A book lover who dreams to own a library some day. An introvert but will become your closest friend if you share mutual feelings about COFFEE. I prefer having more puppies over humans.

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