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The utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) or drones, for commercial applications has a great deal of potential to be explored and exploited. Companies, universities, and government agencies are all actively assessing the opportunity for drones to disrupt some industries and creative innovative business models in others. First, however, several factors need to be resolved for the commercial drone industry to truly take off. Three key factors are regulatory policy, public perception, and safety/privacy. In particular, regulatory bodies currently lag behind technological advances and market demand is already exerting significant pressure on government agencies to enact policy reform.

Tractica’s research indicates that the two primary application markets in the commercial drone sector are aerial imaging and data analysis. Key industries that are driving the adoption of commercial drones include film, media, agriculture, and oil & gas. Market development remains nascent, however, with a large number of industry players pursuing the opportunity for commercial drones. In this dynamic and uncertain competitive landscape, the winners and losers have yet to be determined, and the industry continues to pursue the key applications that will drive market growth and produce tangible return on investment.

This Tractica report examines the market trends and technology issues surrounding the commercial drone industry and presents a comprehensive analysis of the drivers and inhibitors of market development, the regulatory landscape, business models, and supply chain considerations. The report includes a 10-year forecast for drone hardware unit shipments and revenue, segmented by industry, airframe type, and world region, in addition to drone-enabled services by application area. Commercial drone industry segments and applications are analyzed in depth, and the report also includes detailed profiles of 21 key industry players.

Table Of Contents

Drones for Commercial Applications: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Filming and Entertainment, Mapping, Aerial Assessments, Prospecting, Data Collection, Disaster Relief, and Delivery - Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
SECTION 1 1
Executive Summary 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Market Trends . 2
1.3 Market Forecast . 2
SECTION 2 4
Market Issues . 4
2.1 Scope of Report . 4
2.1.1 Types of Commercial Drones .. 4
2.1.2 Key Technology .. 4
2.1.3 Trends . 5
2.1.4 Generalized Use Cases . 5
2.2 Market Drivers . 6
2.2.1 Increased Demand 6
2.2.2 Economic Opportunities . 6
2.2.3 Intelligence Capabilities .. 6
2.2.4 Affordability 7
2.3 Market Barriers 7
2.3.1 Regulations 7
2.3.2 Commercial Insurance 7
2.3.3 Technology Issues 8
2.3.4 Export Regulations 8
2.3.5 Financial Issues .. 9
2.4 Regulatory Issues . 9
2.4.1 FAA Regulations at a Glance .. 9
2.4.1.1 Overview . 9
2.4.1.2 Flying Legally . 10
2.4.2 FAA Updates . 10
2.4.2.1 Economic Benefits .. 10
2.4.2.2 Safety Considerations 11
2.4.2.3 Proposed Requirements for Operators of Small Drones . 11
2.4.2.4 General Regulations and Flight Regulations Summary .. 11
2.4.2.5 Small UAS Registration 11
2.4.2.6 Aeronautical Knowledge Test 11
2.4.2.7 TSA Background Check .. 12
2.4.2.8 Significance of Possible FAA Changes 12
2.4.3 U.S. Department of Commerce 12
2.4.4 U.S. Department of State 13
2.4.5 U.S. State Laws 13
2.4.5.1 State Laws and Approved FAA Test Sites . 13
2.4.5.2 Test Site State Legislation .. 14
2.4.5.2.1. Alaska.. 14
2.4.5.2.2. Nevada 14
2.4.5.2.3. New York 14
2.4.5.2.4. North Dakota 14
2.4.5.2.5. Virginia 14
2.4.5.2.6. Texas 15
2.4.5.3 Summary of U.S. State Legislation . 15
2.4.5.4 How Does Confusion of State Laws Affect the Commercial Drone Industry? .. 15
2.5 Key Industries 15
2.5.1 Agriculture .. 15
2.5.2 Oil and Gas . 16
2.5.3 Utility and Power . 16
2.5.4 Real Estate . 16
2.5.5 Insurance . 17
2.5.6 Mining 17
2.5.7 Film . 17
2.5.8 Media . 17
2.5.9 Scientific Research . 18
2.5.10 First Responders 18
2.5.11 Delivery .. 19
2.6 Key Applications .. 19
2.6.1 Aerial Assessments 19
2.6.2 Data Collection and Analytics 19
2.6.3 Filming and Entertainment . 20
2.6.4 Mapping 20
2.6.5 Prospecting . 20
2.6.6 Early Warning Systems 21
2.6.7 Disaster Relief .. 21
2.6.8 Environmental Monitoring 21
2.6.9 Delivery . 22
2.7 Regional Trends .. 22
2.7.1 North America 22
2.7.2 Europe .. 22
2.7.3 Latin America . 23
2.7.4 Asia Pacific . 23
2.7.5 Middle East and Africa . 24
SECTION 3 . 26
Technology Issues 26
3.1 Introduction . 26
3.2 Privacy .. 27
3.3 Safety 27
3.4 Security for Technology in Commercial Drones .. 28
3.5 Software .. 28
3.6 Certification 29
3.7 Security/Misuse 29
3.8 Operation Considerations .. 30
3.8.1 Weather 30
3.8.2 Flight Time .. 30
3.8.3 Sense and Avoid . 30
3.8.4 Radio Interference .. 30
SECTION 4 . 31
Key Industry Players 31
4.1 3D Robotics 31
4.2 Aeronavics .. 31
4.3 Agribotix .. 32
4.4 Airware . 32
4.5 Amazon Prime Air .. 33
4.6 Cyberhawk Innovations Ltd. .. 33
4.7 CyPhy Works . 34
4.8 Drone Aviation Corp .. 34
4.9 DroneDeploy . 35
4.10 Ehang 35
4.11 Kespry Inc. . 36
4.12 PrecisionHawk .. 36
4.13 Parrot senseFly 37
4.14 Prioria Robotics 37
4.15 Sharper Shape . 38
4.16 Skycatch .. 38
4.17 Skyward.io .. 39
4.18 SZ DJI Technology Co. 40
4.19 Torquing Group Ltd./ZANO 40
4.20 XAIRCRAFT Technology Co., Ltd.. 41
4.21 UAV Factory .. 41
SECTION 5 . 45
Market Forecasts 45
5.1 Introduction . 45
5.2 Forecast Methodology and Assumptions 45
5.3 Forecasts . 46
5.3.1 Global Revenue Forecasts . 46
5.3.2 Regional Hardware Revenue Forecasts by Industry. 53
5.3.3 Regional Drone-Enabled Services Revenue Forecasts by Application .. 58
5.4 Conclusions 63
SECTION 6 . 64
Company Directory .. 64
SECTION 7 . 69
Acronym and Abbreviation List 69
SECTION 8 . 71
Table of Contents .. 71
SECTION 9 . 74
Table of Charts and Figures 74
SECTION 10 .. 75
Scope of Study 75
Sources and Methodology .. 75
Notes . 76

TABLE OF CHARTS AND FIGURES
Chart 1.1 Commercial Drone Total Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2025 . 3
Chart 5.1 Commercial Drone Cumulative Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2025 . 47
Chart 5.2 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2025 48
Chart 5.3 Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2025 .. 49
Chart 5.4 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Airframe Type, World Markets: 2015-2025 . 50
Chart 5.5 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2015-2025 .. 51
Chart 5.6 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, World Markets:
2015-2025 .. 52
Chart 5.7 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, North America: 2015-2025 .. 53
Chart 5.8 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, Europe: 2015-2025 . 54
Chart 5.9 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, Asia Pacific: 2015-2025 55
Chart 5.10 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, Latin America: 2015-2025 56
Chart 5.11 Commercial Drone Hardware Revenue by Industry, Middle East and Africa: 2015-2025 57
Chart 5.12 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, North America:
2015-2025 .. 58
Chart 5.13 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, Europe: 2015-2025 .. 59
Chart 5.14 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, Asia Pacific: 2015-2025 60
Chart 5.15 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, Latin America:
2015-2025 .. 61
Chart 5.16 Commercial Drone-Enabled Services Revenue by Application, Middle East and Africa:
2015-2025 .. 62
Chart 10.1 Tractica Research Methodology .. 76
Figure 2.1 Types of Commercial Drones .. 4
Figure 3.1 Small Drone Hardware and Software Components .. 26
Table 2.1 Commercial Flight Regulations: Regional Comparison .. 25
Table 3.1 Technologies Incorporated in Commercial Drones Subject to Attack or Breach 28
Table 4.1 Additional Industry Participants 42

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