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World Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems: 2018 Market Profile & Forecast

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World Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems: 2018 Market Profile & Forecast
Published: August 8, 2018 Content info: 784 Pages

The latest intelligence, analysis, insights and forecasts covering the UAS Market

Teal Group's ‘World Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Profile & Forecast 2018 ’ annual sector study, authored by Phil Finnegan focuses on lucrative business opportunities in the emerging civil government and commercial UAS market.

Features include:

  • 10-Year Market Forecasts - Covering the overall market as well as segments of the business such as construction, agriculture, communications, energy, other industrial inspection, aerial photography and insurance. It also covers the civil government market including homeland security and law enforcement.
  • Expert Analysis - A cogent outlook and rationale for what will be hot over the next decade.
  • Venture Capital - Analysis of the involvement of venture capital, firms attracting funds and ways investment is transforming the market.
  • Regulations - Differences in the ways regulations for civil/commercial UAS are being implemented worldwide and ways that is transforming the market and providing advantage.
  • Companies - An analysis of the strategies companies are using to position themselves in the market, including acquisitions, teaming and product development.

From the Civil UAS Market Study 2018:

  • Teal Group estimates that non-military UAS production will total $88.3 billion over the next decade. It soars from $4.4 billion worldwide in 2018 to $13.1 billion in 2027, a 12.9% compound annual growth rate in constant dollars.
  • The commercial segment of the worldwide market will lead growth in civil UAS. Worldwide commercial is projected to grow from $892 million in 2018 to $7.3 billion in 2027, a 26.3% compound annual growth rate.
  • Construction will lead the commercial market thanks to teaming between the three largest equipment companies and drone manufacturers and early UAS work by all 10 of the largest worldwide construction firms.
  • Agriculture, which will adopt UAS more slowly, will still rank second worldwide. The ability to provide unmanned spraying of crops and imagery that improves the application of fertilizers, pesticides and water offers tremendous potential.
  • Low-cost, high-altitude, long endurance UAS for internet promises to create an entirely new market segment. Airbus has already begun low rate production of solar-powered UAS.
  • Civil government UAS will be a much smaller segment than commercial, but the appeal is growing for border control and public safety.

About the author:

Mr. Phil Finnegan, Director of Corporate Analysis at Teal Group, is author of the ‘World Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Profile & Forecast 2018’ sector study.

He has provided strategic and market analysis for clients in commercial aerospace and defense, including major U.S. and European prime contractors. In addition to his work on the sector study, Mr. Finnegan has consulted with organizations interested in better understanding UAS market opportunities and the companies that serve the UAS market. Mr. Finnegan has advised the FAA on its UAS commercial forecast. He has been a featured speaker at AUVSI's annual conference and at the Commercial UAV Show Asia in Singapore.

Mr. Finnegan writes and comments publicly about defense and aerospace companies. Frequently cited as an expert on defense and aerospace companies, his comments have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Fortune and numerous other publications. He has also appeared on CNBC and NBC Nightly News.

Before he joined the Teal Group, Mr. Finnegan covered business trends and international security issues for Defense News, a leading publication covering the worldwide defense industry. In the course of 11 years reporting on the defense industry, he reported from more than 40 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. Earlier he worked for a year covering Central America as a special correspondent for U.S. News and World Report based in El Salvador and for two years as a special correspondent for Time Magazine based in Cairo, Egypt covering the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Overview

The Civil UAS Market Outlook

  • Summary
  • Study Parameters
  • Forecast Assumptions

Civil Market Enabling Conditions

  • FAA Continuing Progress in Opening National Airspace
  • Europe in Danger of Falling Behind the United States
  • Asia-Pacific Countries Diverge in Their Level of Support for UAS Adoption
  • Influx of Major Technology Companies Spurring Progress
  • Flood of Investment in Commercial UAS Tilts Heavily Towards United States
  • Development of the UAS Services Industry
  • Civil Government Market Growth Boosted by Immigration Concerns

Commercial Market Size and Timing

  • Emergence of Enterprise Markets in Construction, Energy, Insurance
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Communications
  • Delivery

Consumer Drone Market Growth to Continue

Uncertainties About Civil/Commercial Market Growth

Forecast Summaries

Development of the Civil/Commercial UAS Industry

Emergence of the Commercial UAS Industry

  • Technology Leaders Accelerating Industry Development
  • Defense/Aerospace Companies Turning to Services for Civil/Commercial Market
  • Growing Recognition of the Need for Hybrid Hardware/Software/Data Analysis Companies
  • The Service Industry Draws Multinationals and Small Players
  • Rapid Growth but Profits Limited During Ramp-Up
  • The Structure of the Nascent Industry Takes Shape
  • Moving Up the Value Chain

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Acquisitions Picking Up as Outside Tech Companies Seek to Enter UAS Market
  • Solar-Powered Systems Began Acquisition Drive
  • Consolidation Underway

Venture Capital Funding

  • Venture Capital Drone Investment Soaring
  • Investments Greatest in US and Chinese Drone Companies
  • Venture Capital Turning to Chinese Firms Targeting Industrial Inspection
  • Future Venture Capital Funding Outlook

US Civil Government Markets

FAA Begins Opening National Airspace

  • Challenges Ahead
  • Integration Pilot Program
  • The Rule on Small UAS
  • Shifting Section 333 Approval Process
  • Emergence of the Initial US Commercial Market
  • Earlier FAA Movement in Allowing US Commercial UAS Operations
  • Frustrations with the Pace of FAA Progress

US Federal Government Use Cases

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Overview
  • Department of Homeland Security: Customs & Border Protection
  • Customs & Border Protection Background
  • Department of Homeland Security: Coast Guard
  • Department of State
  • Overview
  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Building Up its Capabilities
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Faces UAS Setbacks
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Ending Its Program
  • US Marshall Service
  • Department of Justice Assistance to Local Law Enforcement
  • US Department of Interior
  • Procurement Outlook
  • Department of Interior: US Geological Survey
  • Department of Interior: Bureau of Land Management
  • Department of Interior: Forestry Applications
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Forest Service
  • US Department of Commerce
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Other Federal Government UAV Users
  • National Institute of Standards
  • NASA Research UAVs
  • Other Federal Agencies

State and Local Government

  • State and Local Law Enforcement and Public Safety

US Civil Government Market Forecast

International Civil Government Markets

European Union Agencies & Programs

  • Growing Momentum in the Use of UAS to Control European Borders
  • European Border and Coast Guard
  • Frontex-European Agency for the Management of External Borders
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • European Fisheries Control Agency
  • Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (Refugee Operations)
  • European Emergency Number Association

European Country Profiles

  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russian Federation
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

European Civil Government Forecast

Rest of the World

  • Overview

United Nations & Other Multinational Institutions

  • United Nations
  • International Organization for Migration
  • World Food Organization
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe
  • World Bank

Rest of the World Country Profiles

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates

Rest of the World Civil Government Forecast

Commercial/Consumer Markets


  • Market Soars with Largest Commercial Order Ever and Growing Alliances
  • State of Adoption
  • Potential Applications
  • Construction Suppliers Plans for UAS Operations
  • Largest Construction Contractors Worldwide Embracing UAS
  • Forecast

Energy (Oil & Gas/Utilities)

  • Common Characteristics of Oil and Gas and Utilities
  • UAS Attractiveness for Oil and Gas
  • A Growing Menu or Service Offerings in Oil and Gas Promise to Spur Market Growth
  • Oil and Gas Pipeline Market Requirements
  • Pipeline Patrol: A Tale of Two Markets
  • Potential UAS Applications for Utilities
  • Transmission Line Inspections in United States
  • Power Line Inspections in Europe and Asia
  • Choice of System for Transmission Line Inspection
  • Forecast


  • Agricultural UAS Applications
  • UAS Spraying Market Remains Exclusively an Asia-Pacific Market
  • Chinese Drones Making Strong Push into the Asian Spraying and the US Imagery Markets
  • Emergence of the UAS Agricultural Imagery Market
  • Forecast


  • Low Cost HALE Technology Rapidly Emerging
  • Solar HALE Pushes Ahead into Production
  • Google's Past Approach
  • Facebook's Turnabout on Developing Its Own System
  • Traditional Defense/Aerospace Companies Emerging to Develop the Technology
  • Solar UAS Operating Procedure for Internet
  • Use of Smaller UAS for Inspections of Communications Infrastructure
  • Cost Remains an Issue in 2018 for Cell Tower Inspections
  • Emergency Communications & Other Applications for Small UAS
  • Forecast


  • Insurance Market Outlook
  • US Insurance Companies Forging Ahead Quickly
  • Drones Being Tested
  • International Insurance UAS Outlook
  • Forecast

Other Industrial Applications (Mining and Railways)

  • Potential Mining Market
  • Leading Mining Companies Already Using Drones
  • Mining a Focus Market for Many Leading New UAS Companies
  • Potential Mining Applications
  • Mining Outlook
  • European Early Railway Adopters
  • FAA Pathfinder Adoption Key for US Adoption
  • Railway Outlook

General Photography/Real Estate

  • Overall Market
  • Real Estate, News Gathering & Cinematography
  • Forecast


  • Large Potential Delivery Market
  • US Regulatory Issues
  • Uncertain Economics of Widespread Drone Deliveries
  • China Forging Ahead Quickly
  • Most Promising Delivery Uses in the Near Term

Consumer Drones

  • Explosive Growth of the Consumer Drone Market
  • Catalysts for Continued Market Growth
  • Forecast

Company Profiles

  • 3DRobotics
  • Aerialtronics
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • Aeryon Labs Inc
  • AgEagle Aerial Systems
  • Aibotix
  • Airbus Defense & Space (formerly European Defense and Space Co.)
  • AirMap
  • Airobotics
  • AirRobot GmbH & Co.
  • Airware
  • Amazon.Com, Inc.
  • Altametris
  • Altavian Inc.
  • Ascending Technologies (Intel)
  • AT&T
  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • BAE Systems
  • The Boeing Co.
  • CAE Inc.
  • CACI International Inc.
  • Cape
  • CyberHawk Innovations Ltd.
  • CyPhy Works, Inc
  • Delair-Tech
  • Delta Drone
  • Denel
  • DJI Innovations
  • Draganfly Innovations Inc.
  • Dragonfly Pictures, Inc.
  • DroneBase
  • Drone Deploy
  • Drone Volt
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • enRoute Co., Ltd.
  • Ehang (Beijing Yi-Hang Creation Science & Technology Co., Ltd.)
  • EMT Ingenieurgesellschaft
  • Ewatt Aerospace
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Falcon Unmanned
  • FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • Flirtey
  • Flying-Cam
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • General Electric-Avitas Systems
  • Google (Project Wing)
  • GoPro
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Intel Corp.
  • Insitu Inc
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  • Kaman Corp.
  • Kespry
  • Keystone Aerial Systems
  • Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica)
  • Leptron Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Lufthansa Aerial Services
  • Lufthansa Technik AG
  • MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd
  • Martek Marine
  • Matternet
  • Measure
  • microdrones GmbH
  • MicroPilot
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Parrot SA
  • PrecisionHawk Inc.
  • Prismatic Ltd.
  • Prodrone Co. Ltd
  • Prioria Robotics
  • QinetiQ
  • Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Redbird
  • Rockwell Collins Inc.
  • Saab Group
  • Safran
  • Samsung
  • Schiebel Elektronische Geraete GmbH
  • SF Express
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Co. (now Part of Lockheed Martin Corp.)
  • Skycatch
  • Sky-Futures
  • SkySpecs
  • Skyward
  • Singapore Aerospace
  • Sony (Aerosense)
  • Stark Aerospace
  • Survey Copter
  • Swift Engineering
  • Tekever Group
  • Terra Drone
  • Textron Systems Unmanned Systems
  • Thales
  • Trimble Navigation
  • Uconsystem Co. Ltd.
  • UMS Skeldar
  • Verizon
  • VT Group
  • XAircraft
  • Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.
  • Yuneec International
  • Zala Aero Group
  • Zero Zero Robotics
  • Zipline

Appendix 1

  • FAA Waivers Granted from Part 107 Regulations

Appendix 2

  • US FAA Section 333 Authorizations for Commercial UAS Operations

Appendix 3

  • Australian Authorized Commercial Operators

Appendix 4

  • French Authorizations for Commercial UAS Operations
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