Small drones are small unmanned aerial vehicles that can be small enough to be man-portable. They can range from micro air vehicles to man-portable UAVs which can be carried and set in motion like an infantry man-portable air defense system. The need for small and very small UAVs has risen since the 1990s. Small UAVs can transform a nation’s economy in a variety of ways. This includes precision agriculture, fast and environment-friendly consumer delivery, assistance to first responders, and safe inspection of crucial infrastructure like oil & gas pipelines.
In recent years, the drones have increasingly penetrated in several business verticals. The adoption rates of small drones have grown at an extensive scale, with various companies integrating aerial data in their workflows to improve efficiency and streamline operations. Small drones have are capable of capturing data and can help in the transformation the operations of various companies. Moreover, it also offers unparalleled insights into the data and delivers ROI for small and medium enterprises, and large enterprises. The small drones market is, hence, expected to witness sizeable growth during the forecast period.
Other factors that are contributing to the ascension of the market during the assessment period include the latest technological implantation within the industry. For instance, DJI recently unveiled a new smart controller for its drones which feature a built-in display. Apart from that, it has flyers that are fed up with fiddle around and small cables which allows one to wrestle with the phones into the current controller’s arms. However, one of the primary factors hampering the market growth for small drones includes the strict airspace regulations in the developed and developing countries. Small drone manufacturers are bound to face challenges in meeting the demand for manufacturing drones with the latest technology, owing to limitations set by government over their applications.
The global small drones market is segmented by type, propulsion system, application, and region. By type, is segmented into fixed wing and rotary wing. By propulsion systems, the market is segmented into hydrogen cell, lithium-ion battery, solar, hybrid, and fuel cell. By application, the global small drones market is segmented into commercial and defense. Among these, major application of small drone is witnessed to take place in the defense sector
Detailed Regional Analysis
The small drones market is segmented into the regions of North America, Latin America, the Middle East & Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific. North America fetched the biggest share of the global small drones market at the beginning of the forecast period. The regional small drones market is projected to retain its dominance over the market through the estimate period, owing to a consumer base that is keen to adopt latest technologies early. Further, Asia Pacific is expected to witness fastest CAGR over the forecast period for small drones. This can be owed to the rising military and defense expenditure in developing countries such as India and China to be toe to toe with the technologically advancing world.
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