About UAV Ground Control Station (GCS)
UAV ground control station is a center or a system that allows human operators to control the functioning of drones. A ground control station (GCS) is a command and control center to operate, communicate, or monitor a remotely controlled device. It integrates a combination of hardware and software, includes a human–machine interface, computer, telemetry, electro-optical sensors, acoustic sensors, and controllers to relay information and commands using wireless technologies, like radio frequency.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global UAV ground control station market to grow at a CAGR of 6.35% during the period 2017-2021.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global UAV ground control station (GCS) market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global UAV Ground Control Station (GCS) Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global uav ground control station market: BAE Systems, Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Thales.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Bluebird Aero Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Textron Systems.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in the market is emergence of automated UAV GCS. Though the potential capabilities of UAVs are increasing rapidly, the human-in-the-loop operations tend to limit their effectiveness on the field. Human operators require adequate qualification and training on how to fly UAVs, set up autonomous flight, and inspect and maintain UAV systems.”
According to the report, one driver in the market is need for lightweight and portable GCS. During field operations, frontline soldiers require lightweight, portable GCSs that can be easily handled and operated amid gunfire or other on-field threats. Earlier, GCSs were either ground-fixed or vehicle-mounted models, and hence, they limited the scope and range of operations on difficult terrains. The development of portable GCSs has given a boost to the capabilities of a UAS and to the missions that a UAV operator can undertake.
Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is susceptibility to cyber intrusion. The warfare scenario has transformed to be a network-centric one, where wireless connectivity and coordination plays a pivotal role. Armed forces are increasingly involving in automated systems, which has increased the possibilities of these systems being hacked or breached through cyber networks from the adversary side. UAV and UAS users always apprehend cyber hackers taking control and disengaging the UAV’s native GCS during an ongoing mission.
BAE Systems, Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Thales. Bluebird Aero Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Textron Systems.