The commercial marketplace for unmanned aircraft systems remains relatively untapped in the U.S., and at this point the holdup is more regulatory than technological. However, as the Congressional deadline for integrating UAS into the National Airspace System approaches, companies are betting that will change very quickly.
One such company — Modern Technology Solutions Inc., which has been active in the government-related UAS domain — yesterday reported plans to expand its UAS services into the commercial UAS marketplace, both in the U.S. and internationally. By way of explanation, the company cited estimates by various sources that the emerging market could be worth $10 billion within three years.
MTSI knows a little something about the pending NAS integration, having spent more spent more than a decade working on policy, regulatory, technical and operational challenges associated with the transition. It was behind several documents well known within the unmanned systems community, including the DoD’s “Unmanned Systems Roadmap” and “UAS Airspace Integration Roadmap” as well as the Federal UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s “Implementation Plan for Integration of Civil UAS in the NAS.” The company has worked with agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA and the intelligence community.