UAS in Massachusetts:
- The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to use UAS to monitor the health of endangered whale species. The UAS is able to fly low above whales to collect breath samples, which can then be analyzed to detect the presence of diseases. In addition, the UAS can take high-quality aerial photographs that can provide researchers with information on the body composition of the whales.
- Holliston-based UAS Development Inc. uses its UAS for aerial photography and videos. It collects footage for clients in the architecture and advertising industries, and hopes to expand to other industries, such as engineering and filmmaking.
- Researchers based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory use laser-radar systems and UAS to produce high-resolution and infrared images that can be used to assess damage after disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The information collected by the lab’s UAS allows first responders to pinpoint where relief is most needed.
- CyPhy Works, based in Danvers, develops UAS that are tethered to the operator’s ground system with a ‘microfilament,’ which allows for the UAS to transmit high-definition video and stay in the air much longer than traditional UAS.
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 Massachusetts is expected to add 2,933 jobs and over $2.32 billion in economic impact.
- Massachusetts has 104 of the more than 5,500 commercial UAS exemptions, supporting applications such as construction, real estate, agriculture and infrastructure inspections.
- Massachusetts is home to the New England chapter of AUVSI. The 217 individuals and 22 companies that are AUVSI members represent industries such as defense/security and public safety.