Back in January of 2020 Commercial UAV Expo shared our 2019 Post-Show Report, which highlighted the success of the event in a time in which people were questioning whether the drone bubble had burst or not. But with this success, we answered that question as an industry:

“With the vibrancy and growth of the fifth annual Commercial UAV Expo Americas (October 28-30, 2019), we demonstrated that the commercial drone industry is alive and thriving,” we shared in our introduction to the report. “Our record-breaking numbers with over 3,100 attendees, 200 exhibiting companies, and 285 media and association partners from 6 continents bears this narrative out: There is money to be made in the here and now, and Commercial UAV Expo Americas was the place to find out how.”

Now that we are dealing with the economic impact of this global pandemic, the world we knew just four months ago seems completely different. But even though Commercial UAV Expo Americas may feel lightyears away, we at Commercial UAV News and Commercial UAV Expo are finding many ways in which our industry is still moving forward. Talking to people in the industry on a daily basis, we have learned just how resilient this industry truly is—drone companies worldwide are distinguishing themselves as valuable assets in these difficult times. Businesses are continuing to move forward and are making plans, new markets are opening up in sanitation and beyond, new companies are showing interest in drone solutions, and we are starting to see traction with drone delivery. Although these may seem like slow, incremental gains, they should yield long-term advantages for the industry once this crisis passes.

We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the amazing news stories from the industry that we have had the honor to cover since this crisis hit the U.S. in March. Here is a list of some of the industry announcements we have covered so far, and we look forward to covering many more in the future: