“Another major requirement for air space integration includes sense-and-avoid for obstacles in the UAV’s path, but the real issue for commercial will be cost.”
“You can do very small UAVs, such as quadcopters, at a reasonably low cost, but once you go to fixed wing, costs begin to escalate.
“We see much higher levels of automation in the future, which means we will need high-speed data processing onboard the aircraft, with orders-of-magnitude higher throughput and memory.”
“By Moore’s Law, that’s coming, so I don’t think it will be as big a problem as some think. In addition, some of the very small UAVs are developing sensor capability.
As all those are integrated onto smaller platforms, cooling becomes a big issue, so finding more efficient sensors that project less heat will be very important to all classes of UAVs.”