A by-the-numbers look at the economic impact of FAA drone testing site

drone.JPGAn unmanned aerial vehicle flies over the sky at the ISR testing site in Savannah, Tenn. (Contributed photo/ISR)




If Alabama and Tennessee are successful in efforts to land one of six Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial systems testing sites, the region could see an economic boost. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what the test site could mean:

– The number of UAS test sites the FAA plans to open. Alabama/Tennessee are currently among more than 25 applicants.

4,700 – The number of jobs expected to be generated by the Alabama/Tennessee site over the first three years.

100,000 – The number of new jobs created by the UAS market in the next decade

$3 billion – The amount to be spent on UAS services in the next 10 years.

$28.5 billion – The amount expected to be spent on research and development of UAS over the next decade.

$93 million – The amount of tax revenue generated for the region by the Alabama/Tennessee UAS site.

$1 billion – Projected earnings by the Alabama/Tennessee UAS test center during the first three years of operation.

$60.5 billion – The amount expected to be spent on UAS procurement in the next decade.

$89 billion – The amount of growth in the UAS market over the next decade


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