The market for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the United States could top $11.4 billion by 2022 — and technology entrepreneurs in Northern Nevada are well positioned to capture a significant share of that business. The problem? The Federal Aviation Administration, which generated the $11.4 billion estimate, acknowledges that the size of the UAS market depends in large measure on the regulations and legal structures that grow up around the industry. Those structures currently are, to put it mildly, in a state of uncertainty.
Where the aircraft industry measured its development in decades, the UAS sector becomes more diverse every month. Nevadans, particularly those of us in northern Nevada, get a front-row seat on the creation of an industry that some have called the most significant transportation breakthrough since the jet engine.