New Aerospace Standard Supports Rapid Growth of Drone Market

The global commercial drone market, according to a recent review by Grandview Research, is projected to increase close to 14% annually (in dollars) over the next decade. A just-released SAE aerospace standard will support the growth of this quickly evolving technology.

SAE AS8473: Endurance Testing for UAS Engines Having Maximum Power Ratings at or Below 22.4kW will provide the unmanned aviation industry with a standard means of conducting endurance tests of the engines used to power small unmanned aerial systems. The new standard covers engines designed for over 150 hours of operation. AS8473 was developed by the SAE E-39 Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Committee. The E-39 committee is part of SAE’s Aerospace Propulsion Systems Group and is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for unmanned air vehicle propulsion systems including both chemical and electrical propulsion and supporting systems. Modern flight drones are used in the consumer, military, and commercial markets and have growing applications in the agriculture, military, surveying, insurance, mining, and security sectors.

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