The expansion of drones into industry is inevitable and will have enormous economical effects.

UAS Brief Overview

At the most high level a unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, can be deployed for tasks where a manned aircraft would be too expensive or not nimble enough for, or tasks that have otherwise been done in a more expensive, costly, or dangerous manner.

Present and Future Market Potential

Today’s UAS industry resembles the personal computer industry in early 1980s. Many people did not see the future benefit of the technology and it has come to define our lives; this is similar to where the UAS industry is today. The use of drones is about to see a mass expansion across many industries. “The market for commercial and non-military drones will top $13.5 billion within three years, and will grow to more than $80 billion between 2015 and 2025, during which more than 100,000 well-paying jobs will be created.” - CBSNews. Similar to the computer industry, hardware innovation will be outpaced by software innovation and the Big Data opportunities of today will be brought to the skies. The industry will grow very rapidly from remotely piloted line of small UAS operations to fully autonomous swarms of drones in large scale operations.

Application Areas

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Energy (wind turbine, solar)
  • Oil and Gas (pipeline, oil stack, offshore)
  • Transmission Line Inspection
  • Communication Tower Inspection
  • Livestock Assessment
  • Delivery Services
  • Shoreline and Waterway Assessments
  • Research
  • Conservation
  • Search and Rescue
  • Mapping / Survey
  • Construction Safety / Progress
  • Air Quality Surveys
  • Fire Monitoring
  • Law Enforcement
  • Real Estate / Golf Courses 
  • Movie Production
  • Live Event Broadcasting

UAS Links

Small Unmanned Aircraft System industry news for professionals • Multirotor and Fixed wing updates.

AUVSI The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the US

Report showing the economic benefit of UAS integration in the US.


The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation is the official FAA designated Texas UAS Test Site. 


The Federal Aviation Associations main landing page for UAS information.