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UAVís Width Is Of A Wide Spectrum Of Size, Endurance, And Performance Characteristics
General Atomics Aeronautical Sytems is the leader in UAV market with 18.78% of the market share
Since the first remotely controlled flight of an aerial vehicle in 1916, the value of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the military for surveillance, reconnaissance, or even delivering munitions to a target without endangering a human pilot has been imagined and steadily built upon.
The UAV, which was often seen as unreliable and expensive, proved its importance and potential with the Israeli Air Forces victory over the Syrian Air Force in 1982. Israelís coordinated use of the UAV alongside manned aircrafts, allowed the state to quickly take down many Syrian aircraft with minimal losses. The drones were used as electronic decoys, electronic jammers as well as for real time video reconnaissance. The use of Drones by the US for precision strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan have cemented a place for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market in military application.
The next step for the UAV is to expand into domestic applications. The UAV was developed primarily for military applications from its inception during World War I. The entry of the UAV into the civil/commercial market will be almost from scratch, with almost no history of civil government or commercial industry operations, no supporting infrastructure or expertise, and no existing customer base. There is a large potential market, as there was for the airplane when it was invented. But like the early manned airplane, the UAV will have to overcome technical, economic, political, legal, and psychological barriers before achieving commercial success and social acceptance. It took more than two decades for the airplane to become commercially viable, and that was after a period of accelerated technological progress spurred by military requirements during World War I. In the same way, military applications have sped up the development of todays UAVs, with advanced sensors, processors, and software.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) represents a great opportunity for the technology-intensive aerospace manufacturing sector, but military and civil government agencies will likely be the main customers for an long period while such systems are integrated into the U.S. National Airspace System . Airspace access by commercial UAV users is projected to be much slower than for governmental entities.
Continued development of new systems and capabilities depends on access to the national airspace. The U.S. Department of Defence has made such access a priority, and the federal agencies have been directed to collaborate in accelerating the integration of the UAV into the national airspace. Other nations also confront issues related to airspace access, and commonality of standards has been raised as an issue for international discussion.
The complexity and diversity of UAV applications and hence, their underlying computing systems, present some of the most difficult design challenges for developers. Designers have to contend with a long and diverse list of requirements that challenge the limits of embedded computing technologies. UAV systems need the best performing computing for sensor, data collection/distribution and image processing and it must fit within strict size, weight and power constraints. Plus, these systems must also be highly rugged to survive and perform reliably in the most demanding and harsh operational environments.
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