UAS Investment Going Strong

Another week and another reminder is here to remind us that investment in UAS is only increasing.
By Luke Geiver | October 22, 2015

Another week and another reminder is here to remind us that investment in UAS is only increasing. In our efforts to cover the industry, we are constantly looking for—and finding—technology and major issue stories on things like propulsion systems or sense-and-avoid breakthroughs.

One of the other storylines we find ourselves continually writing about is the investment moving into the industry. Investment, in this case, is through financial and bandwidth/time avenues. This week is a great example of that.

The FAA awarded another round of funding help to university research teams to work on UAS. That storyline seems to be a weekly occurrence. Embry-Riddle will now be working on three more UAS initiatives through FAA funding. The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a UAS industry cluster in Oklahoma and southern Kansas $500,000 for UAS-related work, another weekly story that is about investing in UAS.

And, as I said above, it’s not just about the openly disclosed dollar amounts that indicate investment in UAS is happening more and more every week. Look at the amount of stories we’ve put out on new initiatives or industry groups investing their time and bandwidth to UAS-related activities in the past two months. Just this week, The National Press Photographers Association, the National Business Aviation Association and the Academy of Model Aeronautics each made headlines for their efforts to explain, discuss or reach-out on the topic of UAS.

UAS is clearly a force that is driving decisions on how to spend time and efforts. For aerospace groups, press clubs or nearly every entity that is associated with one of the many proposed or real UAS end-use applications, time or financial investments in UAS right now are happening every week. Combined with a national interest—or obsession—with UAVs and drones, it is clear that UAS investment makes sense right now.