There are many applications for Government use of the BVLOS technology. We outline just a few. Secret Service: The movement of the President is a very complex operation. The process becomes quite challenging when the President moves in the public space as it is difficult to control all access. UAV's can be a meaningful advance to this problem. It would be quite valuable to have UAV's cross the sky at low altitude above the public space to provide real-time, actionable visibility of activity on the ground below. Environmental: NOAA and the Department of the Interior would like to send UAV's into rural spaces to understand better weather, environmental changes and wildlife count. UAV's provide a wonderful vehicle for this research as the landmass is enormous and access is often limited. Border Security: Unauthorized movement around any border can be inexpensively patrolled by BVLOS flights. Transportation Infrastructure: Buildings, bridges, roadways' can be explored and imaged at distance via BVLOS UAV's. Search & Rescue: A BVLOS UAV can search far more area, faster and cheaper than by humans.
There are many applications for commercial use of the BVLOS technology. We outline just a few. Infrastructure Inspection: There are many large asset-based operations [rail, pipeline, refinery...] in which periodic observations are mandated by statute. These assets need to be inspected regularly. Many of these companies have thousands to tens of thousands of miles that are today inspected monthly by manned aircraft. This inspection can be done far less expensively by UAV's. But, the savings cannot begin until we make BVLOS flight safe and approved. Videography: A UAV is a valuable new platform for capturing scenes in movies and real-time news. Agriculture: A UAV will be an important asset for pest control, monitoring plant health and vegetation efficiency. The UAV can fly at low altitude over the farm and provide real-time agricultural health reports (which due to their ease and periodicity) become quite actionable. Mapping: A UAV can be used for mapping of areas that are challenging to access. Package Delivery: UAV's can provide quick and expedient delivery of small packages.