Drones (+3 @ 90 points) are back in the media again, but this time not for anything related to the military applications and related controversies overseas.

Currently hitting a very high TrendSignal figure of 90 points in the Science Category, the courts recently ruled that the FAA’s drone guidelines and policies were inconsistent and overly vague. The courts decision quickly opened up the market (and airspace) for commercial drone flights.

We’ve been tracking traditional and social media discussions related to drones for over 4-years. The trend appeared to be losing momentum as the Administration began to get its hands around military applications in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and other remote areas.

The growing interest in commercial drone applications sparked renewed media interest and the court decision gave the evolving story the legs it needed to move into a top TrendSignal position.