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Economic Development Strategy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Alaska

TechThe Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, in close collaboration with the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, has identified opportunities for the state to benefit from the emerging Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. The report, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: An Economic Development Strategy for Alaska, describes an approach focused on growing sectors related to the UAS industry, advancing technologies in aerospace and aviation, and identifying opportunities for the Alaska workforce of the future. The strategy can be viewed at

“The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft System Integration has positioned Alaska as leader in UAS testing and integration into commercial airspace,” said Ethan Tyler, manager for the Alaska Division of Economic Development. “However, testing is just the tip of the iceberg. Alaska has an opportunity to leverage its geographic and technical assets to increase economic opportunities and job creation in communities across the state.”

Key long-term objectives include attracting UAS anchor firms to Alaska, promoting UAS and aerospace research and development, and advancing UAS training and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The strategy will continue to be updated to reflect technological, political, and policy changes in both the public and private sectors.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, January 31 2015 @ 11:59 AM AKST
Was at a friends house the other day and he showed his new quadcopter. At about 25' I couldn't hear it as a buzzing thing, it was more and disconcertingly silent. It has a camera and maybe weight 5 or 6 ounces. And I was looking right at it. It was smaller than many birds we have around.

I think we need to embrace this tech and line it up with STEM. The Last Frontier can lead the way, or be left behind to play catchup.