Where is the commercial market for large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)? When the aviation community began thinking about how to open the skies to unmanned aircraft, it was assumed they would be large, long-endurance machines sharing controlled airspace with manned aircraft. But the market went in a different direction. Small UAS, or drones, weighing less than 55 lb.—many much less—became the name of the game. Instead of a handful of established aircraft manufacturers, startups ...


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