From the 32,000-lb. Global Hawk down to consumer products and the 0.5-oz. Black Hornet Nano, every unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is an integrated assembly of subsystems that define what it can do, where it can be used and what it costs. All of them, unlike people, are widely scalable and can function for as long as they have energy. That is why so many UAS, enormously different in capability and cost, have appeared on the scene in the last decade and a half. Understanding that ...

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