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Assessing the Impact of Operational Constraints on the Near-Term Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Supported MarketAn economic impact market analysis was conducted for 16 leading sectors of commercial Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) applications predicted to be enabled by 2020 through the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) program. Subject matter experts from seven industries were interviewed to validate concept of operations (ConOps) and market adoption assumptions for each sector. The market analysis was used to estimate direct economic impacts for each sector including serviceable addressable market, capital investment, revenue recovery potential, and operations cost savings. The resultant economic picture distinguishes the agricultural, pipeline and railroad inspection, construction, and maritime sectors of the nascent commercial UAS industry as providing the highest potential economic value in the United States. Sensitivity studies characterized the variability of select UAS sectors economic value to key regulatory or UTM ConOps requirements such as weight, altitude, and flight over populated area constraints. Takeaways from the analysis inform the validation of UTM requirements, technologies and timetables from a commercial market need and value viewpoint. This work concluded in August 2015 and reflects the state of the UAS industry and market projections at that time.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Vascik, Parker D.
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Jung, Jaewoo
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
January 16, 2018
Publication Date
June 13, 2016
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum
Location: Washington, DC
Country: United States
Start Date: June 13, 2016
End Date: June 17, 2016
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 154692.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Air Traffic Management
Market Impact
Unmanned Aircraft System
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