Commercial aerospace has long been one of Washington State’s premier industries. However, the leading edge sub-sector of unmanned aircraft systems is also being pioneered by Washington companies. The synergy around drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles has fostered the formation of the Unmanned Systems Industry Council (USIC). Led by Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Aerospace, the first ever USIC conference brought together leaders in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) along with smaller companies including Applewhite Aero, Echodyne and Freefly Systems, all bringing their different technologies into the UAV industry. Working together with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Cascade Chapter, the council is working to advocate for the use of drones to fill a variety of commercial uses. Read more in Geekwire and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
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