UAS in Idaho:
- The Idaho Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence, a joint project of the Idaho Department of Commerce, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Universities and industry leaders, works on UAS research and development and fosters the growth of the UAS industry in Idaho.
- Hayden-based Empire Unmanned was the first company to receive approval from the FAA to use UAS for agricultural purposes, helping to survey fields and monitor plant health and growth. It has since expanded to offices in Boise and Idaho Falls, as well as Colorado, California and New Mexico.
- Researchers at Idaho State University and the University of Idaho have both used UAS to survey potato fields and detect areas of stress and disease. By equipping the UAS with special sensors, they can quickly survey entire fields and pinpoint exact diseases that are afflicting the crops, as well as the areas that need to be treated.
Economic and Jobs Impact:
- According to AUVSI’s report “The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States,” the UAS industry is poised to help create more than 100,000 jobs and have more than $82 billion in economic impact in the first decade after integration.
- The UAS industry in Idaho is expected to add 220 jobs and $174 million in economic impact.
- Idaho has 54 of the more than 5,500 commercial UAS exemptions, supporting applications such as real estate, agriculture and environmental monitoring.
- Idaho has 25 individuals and three companies that are members of AUVSI from industries such as agriculture and public safety.