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In SD, Drone-Makers Are Mysterious Even to Industry Insiders

Lisa Halverstadt, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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The only solid data that exists is a two-year-old National University study that found military drone companies, mostly General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman, drew at least $1.3 billion in Department of Defense contracts to the region in 2011.
The industry has shifted significantly since the National University study. Some businesses – including General Atomics and Northrop Grumman – are starting to see smaller orders from the feds but the buzz about commercial uses for drones has hit an all-time high. Meanwhile, hobbyists are increasingly flying camera-toting drones and businesses across the country have sprouted up to cater to both enthusiasts and potential commercial users.