Drones: Above and Below

Airline and helicopter pilots consider them dangerous; kids consider them toys; surveyors, miners, and construction project managers are starting to consider them essential. They, of course, are the small, camera-equipped UAS (unmanned aerial system) commonly called drones.

The small UAS market continues to develop, unmarred by the challenges of COVID-19. In fact, their involvement in the public response to the pandemic, along with the wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, has allowed drone companies to highlight their value. Global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, in its 2020 report Small Unmanned Aerial Systems: Annual Update, predicts strong growth of the industry with its