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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association

Advantages of UAS

The advantages of using an Unmanned Air Vehicle, relative to use of a manned aircraft, are that the UAV:

  • does not contain, or need, a qualified pilot on board
  • can enter environments that are dangerous to human life
  • reduces the exposure risk of the aircraft operator
  • can stay in the air for up to 30 hours, performing a precise, repetitive raster scan of a region, day-after-day, night-after-night in complete darkness, or, in fog, under computer control:
    • performing a geological survey
    • performing visual or thermal imaging of a region
    • measuring cell phone, radio, or, TV coverage over any terrain
  • can be programmed to complete the mission autonomously even when contact with its GCS is lost.
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