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Global Commercial UAS Market, Forecast to 2022

Global Commercial UAS Market, Forecast to 2022

Commercial applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are numerous and use is expanding relatively quickly. As the market matures, incumbent and new to market original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to develop more capable platforms, platforms for specific use cases, and platforms for niche markets. This research separates the global commercial UAS market into manageable application and platform segments then provides a market forecast for UAS platforms by region.

The commercial UAS ecosystem continues to grow, but technology adoption and proof of substantial return on investment (ROI) from integrating drones is occurring at a slower rate than proponents had hoped for and market hype had supported. In time, drones will become ubiquitous but the rate of adoption will continue to be restricted by poor engagement by legislative entities and the limited ability and/or framework to enforce rules surrounding drone use for commercial purposes.

The goal of this report is to provide accurate estimates of commercial UAS platform demand based on as much empirical data as could be gathered while considering tangible drivers and restraints that will form future trends.

Research Scope
The total commercial UAS market size is based on calculations derived from derived from cataloguing over 2,500 companies approved to operate over 7,000 commercial drones in the US, UK, France, Ireland, and Australia. These initial distributions and estimates were adjusted using several inputs including survey results, information from primary interviews of industry participants, and current and forecast sales trends. Estimates and competitive landscape information includes:

Factors driving demand for commercial drone products and services
Factors restraining demand for commercial UAS products and services
Commercial drone market trends
Leading commercial UAS manufacturers and the demand distribution for commercial drone platform segments in each global region
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) evaluations of the leading companies in the market
Perspectives on various market issues that provide insights for executive level decision-making

Key Issues Addressed
Is the market for commercial UAS growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate will it grow?
What segments, programs, and services make up the commercial drone market?
What are the most significant drivers, restraints, and trends?
What companies are leading the commercial UAS market and in which segments?
What technologies will be emphasized as the market continues to mature?

Key Conclusion
This study also contains an evaluation of significant growth opportunities within commercial drone market based on trends and supported by a collection of market insights. Strategic imperatives, for executives to consider when deciding whether to act on the listed growth opportunities, are highlighted as well. Finally, a list of small, innovative companies is provided for those growth clients that are interested in mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their position in the current commercial drone ecosystem.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
    • Associated Multimedia
  • Market Overview
    • Market Definitions
    • Market Definitions-Platform Segments
    • Market Definitions-Market Applications Discussion
    • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Drivers and Restraints-Total Commercial UAS Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total Commercial UAS Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Forecast Trends
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016-2022
    • Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016-2022
    • Global Hot Spots
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Region
    • Revenue Forecast by Platform
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Revenue Forecast by Platform, Global, 2016-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Platform
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis-Total Commercial UAS Market
    • Market Share
    • Market Share Analysis
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: Company Market Share Analysis of Top 3 Participants, Global, 2016
    • Competitive Environment
    • Top Competitors
    • Competitor Growth Analysis
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
    • Competitive Trends
  • Companies to Action and Growth Opportunities
    • Companies Driving the Commercial UAS Ecosystem-2017
    • Growth Opportunity 1-Drone Maintenance
    • Growth Opportunity 2-Data Security
    • Growth Opportunity 3-Indoor Inspections and Inventory Monitoring
    • Growth Opportunity 4-Autonomy and AI
    • Growth Opportunity 5-Drone Safety Devices
    • Growth Opportunity 6-Drone Law Services
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • CEO's 360 Degree Perspective on the Commercial UAS Industry
    • CEO's 360 Degree Perspective
  • Consumer Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Consumer Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Consumer Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Prosumer Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Prosumer Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Prosumer Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Professional Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Professional Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Professional Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Enterprise Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Enterprise Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Enterprise Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Industrial Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Industrial Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Industrial Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • FW/Transitional Segment
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table FW/Transitional Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table FW/Transitional Segment: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Africa Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Africa, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Asia-Pacific Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, APAC, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Europe Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Europe, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Middle East Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table commercial drones as compared to most other regions.
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • North America Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, North America, 2016-2022
    • US Commercial UAS Unit Forecasts-FAA
      • Table Total Commercial UAS Market: FAA Commercial Unit Forecast, US, 2016-2021
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • South America Analysis
    • Key Findings
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Commercial UAS Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, South America, 2016-2022
    • Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Additional Sources of Information on Commercial UAS
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed

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