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Many concepts have been proposed in recent years among UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Latin American researchers in the area of small unmanned airship for use in
agri-business and forestry industry, but very few projects have reached production status
yet. One reason is the inherent complexity of most UAS concepts, which in turn drives costs and development time. Other reason is the lack for legal framework to integrate
these vehicles to national airspace. The paper authors have conducted small unmanned
airship R&D programs in Mexico and Ecuador and reached a substantial experience facing these and other interesting facts and have also through its operation reached a substantial knowledge of agri-business and forestry requirements along Latin-America.
This paper offers a study of the Agri-business and forestry Latin-American market for small unmanned airships operations as well provides airship manufacturers with an
overview of potential and promising applications in the region.