In an article just published on the Thales website, the case for the exciting future of the market for drones was laid out convincingly, and it deserves a wider hearing. Thales’s article responds to the recent publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology (S&T) Committee report on the commercial and recreational use of drones, which both ADS and Thales made a submission to. The parliamentary report quite rightly recognises the many exciting opportunities of drones, as well as the risks. As Thales says,
For the UK to be at the forefront of the next revolution in aviation, it needs to be the home of exciting research and development in software, technology, communications and traffic management. It is for that reason that initiatives such as the Future Flight Challenge, experimental air corridors, and the new £65m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) project are so exciting. As Thales mentions,
These things will all need to be address if the UK is to be successful and a world-leader in the future drone market. DARTeC is a prime example of how effective collaboration between industry, academia and government is crucial to maintaining the UK’s edge in this highly competitive marketplace.
Ultimately the market for drones will only continue to grow. The question is, as Thales puts it,