Commercial UAS Imagery and
Information Markets: Analysis and Forecast
21-page analysis defines the market space and plots
incremental access to the U.S. National Airspace
(NAS) for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). “The U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to
work under a 2015 mandate to open up the NAS to
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and the debate over
timing, airspace access and commercial business is
in full swing,” said G2 Solutions research director
Ron Stearns. “Given that imagery and video
collection has been a core capability of U.S.
Department of Defense (DoD) UAS it’s a natural
transition to leverage equivalent data sets in U.S.
commercial markets.” The research plots growth in
commercial UAS imagery and information revenues with
incremental and expanding access to the NAS from
2015-2025. Existing users in civilian federal, state
and local governments have a decades-long history of
using aerial and satellite imagery as a basis for
organizational decision making.
This constitutes everything from land use and
development to environmental protection and
remediation. Purely commercial industries such as
forestry, oil & gas and mineral exploration also
have a long history of use for exploration,
extraction, remediation and stewardship.
Quasipublic industries such as utilities require
imagery and information for corridor/infrastructure
management. There is an established market for
imagery and information within the U.S., with
estimates of between $4 billion to $6 billion in
purchases of commercially-obtained imagery and
information from aerial and space-based sensors.
Companies such as General Atomics, Aeronautical
Systems Incorporated and Northrop Grumman
Corporation NYSE: NOC and others have flown systems
on their UAVs intended to satisfy the FAA’s
sense-and-avoid (SAA) mandate in order for UAVs to
gain more normalized access to the NAS. “Over time
the debate will turn from anxiety over
sense-and-avoid to procedural issues regarding the
interplay of UAVs and other aircraft in the NAS,”
Stearns added. Download Executive Summary and Table of Contents
Publication date: March 2013
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