The number of commercial unmanned aircraft — and pilots to fly these aircraft — is expected to grow by a factor of 10 or more in the next 5 years. Major applications of commercial small UAS are aerial photography, agriculture, construction, industrial/utility inspection, and real estate. As an emerging industry, UAS is quickly becoming an important driver in Idaho's economy.

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UAS Data Collection & Processing in Idaho

Empire Unmanned

  • FAA-authorized company operating commercial unmanned aircraft
  • Idaho locations:  Hayden, Boise, Pocatello
  • Use drones to collect images and data about crops, forests, etc (precision agriculture, natural resource monitoring, wildland fire)

POWER Engineers, Inc.

  • Engineering consulting firm specializing in the delivery of integrated solutions
  • Trained and licensed UAS team; growing capacity in UAS data acquisition/management
  • Idaho locations:  Hailey, Boise, and Clarkston (WA)


  • Environmental engineering company
  • Idaho locations: Moscow, Kellogg, Boise
  • Collect lidar on drones

UAS Retail & Manufacturing in Idaho

Idaho Drone Company

  • Location: Meridian, Idaho
  • Authorized retailer for drones and accessories

Cygnus, Inc.

  • Location: Ponderay, Idaho
  • Manufactures precision sheet metal and machined parts for military and commercial aircraft.
  • Supports UAV airframes such as Global Hawk / BAMS, X-47B UCAS, and Fire Scout