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UAS Uses and Benefits

Field of View is a North Dakota-based UAS company providing a variety of agricultural applications. Photo courtesy of Field of View.
Remotely piloted vehicles and unmanned aircraft, collectively known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS, have revolutionized certain tasks. Allowing UAS into the national airspace will provide new opportunities for private business to apply this technology for civilian purposes. UAS are often preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty or dangerous" for manned aircraft, or in other words too dull, dirty or dangerous for humans.

Commercial uses in the UAS technology industry is being used in areas such as:
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Disaster & Emergency Response
  • Energy Monitoring
  • Scientific Research
Other uses include monitoring animal populations, assisting law enforcement and border patrol and surveying land. North Dakota's UAS activities also include several significant military operations

There are currently hundreds of models of unmanned aircraft in production and, like manned aircraft, they range in size and capabilities. An unmanned aircraft is one component in a system, often referred to as UAS, that includes ground control stations and other elements. This system allows for remote operation of unmanned aircraft, often from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

The appeal of using UAS stems from their ability to:
  • Be controlled remotely without an on-board pilot.
  • Enter environments that would otherwise prove too dangerous for human life.
  • Remain airborne for extended periods of time.
  • Effectively provide remote operators with precise and accurate information.
  • Scan large geographic areas in short periods of time.
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