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Senior Industry Analyst

Frost & Sullivan
7550 West Interstate 10 Suite 400
San Antonio , Texas 78229
United States

Company Description: Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and...   more
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"European air space may not be ...
www.ecommercetimes.com, 20 Dec 2014 [cached]
"European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis," noted Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Blades.
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"The FAA can place whatever restrictions they want on operations when approving a Section 333 waiver," said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan.
Keeping Pace With Everyone Else
It's been suggested that the U.S. is falling behind other countries with respect to regulating drones.
"I think arguments that other areas are ahead of us are strong," Blades told the E-Commerce Times. "European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis."
Also, Australia "has a great program for certifying operators and platforms for commercial use" at a cost of about US$7,000, Blades pointed out.
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It's possible that a large number of UAS in the sky could overwhelm the communications networks used to control them, Blades suggested, and if a UAS were to malfunction, people and animals might be hurt.
The FAA may be moving slowly because "rather than learn from mistakes, they want to have as good an operating environment in place as possible before making widespread commercial use available," Blades said.
On the other hand, the longer the FAA takes to work out regulations, the more advantages non-U.S. companies will have, because they "are gaining experience, expertise and lessons learned by operating systems now," Blades said.
"Virgin was out ahead of ...
www.ndtv.com, 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
"Virgin was out ahead of everyone else for space tourism," said Michael Blades, the aerospace and defense industry senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan, a market research and consulting firm. "It will still happen, but it has been pushed way to the right.
"It is just like any kind of other new technology, especially when it comes to flight," he continued.
Facebook's acquisition of ...
www.space.com, 6 Mar 2014 [cached]
Facebook's acquisition of Titan Aerospace could open up new possibilities for the communications industry, said Michael Blades, a senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense, a research and consulting firm based in Mountain View, Calif.
"If Facebook is able to provide substantial amounts of bandwidth via high altitude [drones], then it follows that other companies will use the same methods for other forms of digital communications: cellphones, television programming, etc.," Blades said in a statement.
"Virgin was out ahead of ...
www.business-standard.com, 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
"Virgin was out ahead of everyone else for space tourism," said Michael Blades, the aerospace and defence industry senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan, a market research & consulting firm. "It will still happen, but it has been pushed way to the right... It is just like any kind of other new technology, especially when it comes to flight," he said.
"It's definitely a big deal," said ...
www.mysanantonio.com, 30 Dec 2013 [cached]
"It's definitely a big deal," said Michael Blades, an aerospace and defense industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, a San Antonio-based research and consulting firm. "To be honest with you, I did not have Texas in the top six.
"Economically speaking, it's big deal," he added, because the test sites will become a hub for businesses that will support the industry.
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"They have to have the test sites because they have to have an area to train," Blades said. "It's equivalent to taking your driver's education (class) and going down to the DMV and getting tested by a certified person to get your driver's license."
He added: "Everybody is going to have to be certified to fly these things."
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