To Tame the Drone Frontier

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Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief, COTS Journal

It makes sense that military UAVs and unmanned systems in general are key topics for COTS Journal. By definition unmanned systems are directly dependent on embedded computing, software and electronics to fly and perform missions-whether for combat or reconnaissance. One would have to be blind however to ignore the fact that the biggest growth area for drone technology in the past couple years has been dominated by commercial/civil unmanned platforms. Within that the largest chunk is the huge number of small hobbyist kinds of air vehicles. But as commercial uses blossom for drones-ranging from film-making to agriculture to construction and more-the drone market is on track to be a multi-billion dollar market before the end of the decade.

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