Statement of Michael Toscano, President and CEO of AUVSI, On Facebook’s Plans to Use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Expand Internet Access

Arlington, VA – Today, Michael Toscano, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), released the following statement on Facebook’s plans to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to expand internet access around the world:

“It’s exciting to see more and more companies, from retailers to technology giants like Facebook, continue to realize the potential of unmanned aircraft systems. The increased attention our industry is receiving demonstrates the wide range of applications of UAS technology. Whether it is delivering packages, surveying farms or providing internet access, UAS can help businesses by saving time, saving money and, most importantly, saving lives. We’re excited to see a growing number of companies investing in the technology and developing innovative uses that will help to change industries and improve lives.”

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,000 members from 60 allied countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia.