Smart Commercial Drones: Market Shares, Market Strategies, and Market Forecasts, 2015 to 2021

  • Published On: Sep, 2015
  • No of pages: 967
  • Published by: WinterGreen Research
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Drones are smart when they have sensors and software that permits automated response to camera or sensor input. Smart drones are evolving the ability to interconnect to smart phones, but drones are smart even without smart phone guidance systems. Smart commercial drones connect seamlessly and securely to the Internet and to each other.

Smart commercial drones have a computer inside. They are easy to fly, maneuverable remotely, contain sensor logic. Soon all smart drones will have computer driven collision avoidance technology. Remote operation occurs in the context of a workflow and sensors. Cameras are improving dramatically to permit management of video and picture taking that is realistic and detailed.

In this study, we illustrate how drones achieve doing work even though they are remotely controlled. Drones are expected to provide billions of dollars in economic growth. The economic benefits are significant. Developing countries are more receptive to drones than the U.S. is. In the US the FAA early on granted one exception, then granted 8 commercial UAS exemptions, then 10 more. It has by now granted 1,000 exceptions, but this does not a market make.

Smart commercial drones connect seamlessly and securely to the Internet and to each other. Smart commercial drone aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing. Procurement around the world is adapting to drone availability.

Use cases are evolving rapidly for video, specialized video, targeted video, and package delivery systems. The emergence of stable flight collision avoidance systems makes market maturity a certainty. Use in the global war on terrorism has demonstrated unique usefulness for military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications relay achieving 3 million hours of operation. Small commercial drones are being used to shoot video from the air, proving the viability of drone camera systems.

The relatively low-cost of smart commercial drones make them work for civilian applications. Law enforcement, mapping, video making, movie making, environmental monitoring, and aerial survey are positioned as among many evolving compelling applications.

Drone aircraft are sophisticated and flexible. They take off, fly and land autonomously managed by a remote controller. They enable engineers to push the envelope of normal flight. Reconnaissance drones can fly for days continuously. Remote, ground-based pilots can work in shifts.

New technology from Intel and others provides collision avoidance capabilities actually works. This bodes well for market development.
Smart commercial drone systems promise to grow significantly, approaching the growth paths of PCs and smart phones. New technology is able to achieve a significant improvement in workflow for every industry, starting with agriculture, creating a smart drone commercial market presence. US Army unmanned aircraft systems have flown 3 million flight hours giving commercial drones market credibility.

Quantities of fielded smart drone systems have been increasing for those companies with attractive price points. Video drones continue to proliferate. Police departments, the oil and gas industry, border patrol, and utilities are all using commercial drones. Units used for agriculture have diverse applications from spraying, lifting trays of flowering plants, to rounding up cattle.

A common issue with UAV platforms is the need to optimize these aircraft. UAV are used to carry useful payloads. These platforms are flexible as to payload, permitting interchangeable or additional sensors and other electronics, extra fuel or weapons systems. The sole function of an unmanned aircraft is to get to a target location, perform a task, and then return in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Without a pilot aboard, the return trip is optional. Light weight is central to UAV design.

Drones represent a way to use air to travel faster and at less cost. The market is divided between military and commercial drones. Military drones represent the future of the national security presence for every nation. Increasing technology sophistication and lower costs are achieving dramatic market shifts.

Smart commercial drones are set to build highways in the sky. The market has evolved past the early adopter stage as the industry finds ways to build navigation infrastructure that is safe. The mature collision avoidance systems from Intel and others are part of what make the smart commercial drone market work.

Drone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing. Procurement around the world is adapting to drone availability. Use in the global war on terrorism has demonstrated unique usefulness for military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications relay.

Removal of the need for an onboard pilot ushers in an era of low cost drone aerial craft. The drone elimination of the need for human support systems on aircraft dramatically reduces the aircraft’s size, complexity, and power requirements. The drones effectively reduce overall program cost, development time and risk. Many advanced flight technologies are for piloted craft. These are initially tested using unmanned subscale demonstrators.

Designers work to simplify the aircraft’s configuration, making systems that are adaptable to different payloads on different days. Drones can be redesigned and tested at reduced risk than with development of manned aircraft. Drones allow configurations that would be impossible or impractical for human occupation. Drones are becoming easier to control.

A common issue with UAV platforms is the need to optimize these aircraft. UAVs need to carry useful payloads. These platforms are flexible as to payload, permitting interchangeable or additional sensors and other electronics, extra fuel or weapons systems. The sole function of an unmanned aircraft is to get to a target location, perform a task, and then return in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Without a pilot aboard, the return trip is optional. Light weight is central to UAV design.

Drones represent a way to use air to travel payloads faster and at less cost and to use video as a way to do work and be entertained. The market is divided between rotor and fixed wing smart commercial drones, rotor craft dominate the market representing 75% of the market revenue. Smart commercial drones represent the future of automated process for camera applications. They are complimented by military drones that represent the future of the national security presence for every nation. Increasing technology sophistication and lower costs are achieving dramatic market shifts as investment in these parallel types of devices bring product maturity.

Drone unmanned aircraft systems are achieving a level of relatively early maturity in this manner, having parallel markets. Fleets of unmanned aircraft systems have begun to evolve. The U.S. Army has achieved four million flight hours for its unmanned aircraft systems fleet. Unmanned aerial systems have good handling characteristics. Drone UAS units are designed to support taking remarkable video using stable platforms. Other military drones perform high-speed, long-endurance, covert, multi-mission intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and precision-strike missions over land or sea.

According to Susan Eustis, leader of the team that prepared the study, “Quantities of fielded smart commercial drone systems of every size and description are set to increase. Every photo opportunity can be enhanced vis use of a smart drone. Drones will connect to smart phones. Drones can fly indoors. Smart commercial drones units feature a variety of camera attachments, sensors, and internal loads. Large 2,000 pound payloads are possible, package delivery is set to emerge as a significant sector. Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor, and an all-weather synthetic aperture radar indicators are maximizing long loiter capabilities and increasing the usefulness of smart commercial drones.

Smart commercial drones drone markets at $3.4 billion in 2014 are anticipated to reach $27.1 billion by 2021. This forecast number is arrived at by close examination of all the segment growth trajectories. Segments are, Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Border Patrol, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Disaster Response, Package Delivery, Photography, Videography. Each of these will grow at a different pace, depending on the use case effectiveness of the smart commercial drones. Commercial grade consumer video drones represent the largest revenue segment in 2015 and remain the biggest throughout the forecast period.

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Companies Profiled
Market Leaders

DJI Systems
Parrot
BAE
Yamaha
China Aerospace
Ascending Technologies
Go Pro
Elbit Systems Ltd
Israel Aerospace Industries IAI
3D Robotics
Northrop Grumman
AeroVironment
Boeing / Insitu
General Atomics
Lockheed Martin
Draganflyer
Textron / AAI

Market Participants

Airware
Ascending Technologies AscTec Firefly
ASN Technologies 715
Aurora Flight
Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC)
Challis UAV Inc.
China Aerospace
Cyphy
Delair-Tech
Denel Dynamics
Draganflyer
Elbit Systems Ltd
Finmeccanica
Flirtey
General Dynamics
Google
Honeywell
HUVRData, LLC
Integrated Dynamics
Intel
Japan Drones
L-3 Communications
Laird / Cattron Group International
Laser Motive
Marcus UAV
MMist
Parrot/senseFly
Prox Dynamics
Proxy Technologies
RUAG Aerospace
Safran Morpho
SAIC
Scaled Composites
Schiebel
Secom
Skycatch
Textron
Topcon Positioning Group
TRNDlabs
XAircraft
Wing Looong
ZMP

Table of Content

SMART COMMERCIAL DRONE AERIAL SYSTEMS (UAS) MARKET
SHARES AND FORECASTS 74
Smart Commercial Drone Market Driving Forces 74
UAS Challenges 83
Smart Commercial Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 84
Smart Drone Infrastructure Standards 85
Smart Commercial Drone Market Shares 86
Smart Commercial Drone Market Forecasts 88
Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems (UAS), Market Total Forecasts 89

1. SMART COMMERCIAL DRONES: MARKET DESCRIPTION AND
MARKET DYNAMICS 91
1.1 Smart Commercial Drones 91
1.1.1 Smarat Drones: Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Description 91
1.2 Drone Enhanced Capability and Payloads 93
1.2.1 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Enhanced Resilience 96
1.2.2 Small and Micro-UASs 96
1.2.3 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Perimeter Surveillance 96
1.2.4 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) Surveillance 97
1.3 Georeferenced Imagery 98
1.3.1 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Monitoring 99
1.3.2 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Agriculture Mapping 100
1.3.3 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Homeland Security 101
1.3.4 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Scientific Research 103
1.4 Globalization and Technology 105
1.4.1 Proliferation of Conventional Military Technologies 105
1.4.2 Drones General Roles 106
1.5 Border Patrol: 106
1.6 Development Of Lighter Yet More Powerful Power Sources For UASs 107

2. SMART COMMERCIAL DRONE AERIAL SYSTEMS (UAS) MARKET
SHARES AND FORECASTS 109
2.1 Smart Commercial Drone Market Driving Forces 109
2.1.1 UAS Challenges 118
2.1.2 Smart Commercial Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 119
2.1.3 Smart Drone Infrastructure Standards 120
2.2 Smart Commercial Drone Market Shares 121
2.2.1 DJI Phantom 124
2.2.2 Parrot AR.Drone $299, Flies Off a Roof 125
2.2.3 Ascending Technologies AscTec Firefly 126
2.2.4 Ascending Technologies Professional Line 127
2.2.5 AscTec For Professional Drone Users: 127
2.2.6 Boeing A160 Hummingbird Helicopter 128
2.2.7 Insitu 129
2.2.8 Boeing Insitu 129
2.2.9 Lockheed Martin 130
2.2.10 BP and AeroVironment Launch FAA-Approved, Commercial Unmanned
Aircraft Operations 130
2.2.11 AeroVironment's Extensive Operational Track Record 132
2.2.12 AeroVironment $11.2 Million Order for Raven Unmanned Aircraft
Systems and Services 132
2.2.13 Textron /AAI 133
2.2.14 Textron Shadow® 136
2.2.15 Aurora Flight Sciences Odysseus Solar-Powered Aircraft 137
2.2.16 Draganflyer X4 UAV 137
2.2.17 DRS Unmanned Technologies Ground Control Stations 138
2.2.18 Proxy Aviation Systems 138
2.2.19 Northrop Grumman Bat 3 138
2.2.20 General Atomics Predator® UAS 139
2.2.21 General Atomics Predator® B UAS 141
2.3 Smart Commercial Drone Market Forecasts 142
2.3.1 Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems (UAS), Market Total Forecasts 143
2.4 Smart Commercial Drone Market Sector Shares and Forecasts 147
2.4.1 Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems (UAS) By Sector, Agriculture,
Oil And Gas, Border Patrol, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Disaster Response,
Package Delivery, Photography, Videography 148
2.4.2 Small and Mid Size Smart Commercial Drone Unmanned Aerial
Systems 150
2.4.3 Smart Commercial Drone Systems Fixed Wing and Rotor Segments 151
2.5 Border Patrol / Law Enforcement Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems 152
2.5.1 Border Patrol / Law Enforcement Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems
(UAS) Market Shares 152
2.5.2 Smart Commercial Drone Border Patrol / Homeland Security Aerial
Systems Forecasts 155
2.6 Package Delivery Smart Drone Aerial Systems 156
2.6.1 Package Delivery Smart Commercial Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems
(UAS) Market Shares, 156
2.6.2 Boeing ScanEagle UAV 157
2.6.3 Google Package Delivery 158
2.6.4 Package Delivery Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems Forecasts 159
2.7 Utility and Pipeline Inspection Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems 160
2.7.1 Utility and Pipeline Inspection Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems
(UAS) Market Shares 160
2.7.2 Smart Commercial Drone Oil and Gas / Pipeline Inspection Aerial
Systems Forecasts 164
2.8 Agricultural Inspection and Planting Smart Commercial Drone Aerial
Systems 166
2.8.1 Commercial Drone Market Vertical Growth: Agriculture 166
2.8.2 Agricultural Inspection and Planting Smart Commercial Drone Aerial
Systems (UAS) Market Shares 166
2.8.3 Yamaha RMAX 168
2.8.4 Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet 171
2.8.5 Draganfly Draganflyer X4-P 171
2.8.6 AscTec Firefly 172
2.8.7 3D Robotics 174
2.8.8 Agricultural Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems Forecasts 175
2.9 Photography and Videography Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems 176
2.9.1 Photography and Videography Smart Commercial Drone Aerial Systems
(UAS) Market Shares 176
2.9.2 Smart Commercial Drone Film / Photo / Video 178
2.9.3 LiDAR 179
2.9.4 Smart Commercial Drone: Photography / Videography Systems
Forecasts 181
2.10 Commercial Drone Aerial Mapping 182
2.10.1 GIS Professionals Are Willing To Pay For Drone Systems 185
2.10.2 GIS Software 186
2.10.3 UAS-Camera Integration 187
2.10.4 Maps Of Navigable Drone Highways In The Sky 187
2.10.5 Aerial Mapping Smart Commercial Drone Systems Forecasts 188
2.11 Military Drones Market Share and Market Forecasts 189
2.11.1 Military Drone Market Shares 189
2.11.2 Northrup Grumman 192
2.11.3 Military Drone Market Forecasts 196
2.11.4 Military Drone Market Segment Forecasts 197
2.12 Venture Investment in Drones 197
2.13 Follow Me Drones 198
2.14 Unmanned Aerial Systems Payloads 201
2.14.1 Composites Key to UAV Utility 202
2.15 Commercial Drone Prices 203
2.15.1 Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter Elite Edition 204
2.15.2 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with 14 Megapixel Flight Camera
(Blue) 205
2.15.3 Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter Elite Edition (Sand) 206
2.15.4 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Skycontroller Bundle (Red) 206
2.15.5 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with 14 Megapixel Flight Camera
(Red) 207
2.15.6 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Skycontroller Bundle (Blue) 207
2.15.7 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Skycontroller and Soft Case
Bundle (Red) 208
2.15.8 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Backpack Bundle (Blue) 208
2.15.9 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Backpack Bundle (Red) 209
2.15.10 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Hard Case Bundle (Blue) 209
2.15.11 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Hard Case Bundle (Red) 210
2.15.12 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Wheeled Hard Case Bundle
(Blue) 210
2.15.13 Parrot BeBop Drone Quadcopter with Wheeled Hard Case Bundle
(Red) 211
2.15.14 Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 1500 mAh High Density Battery 211
2.15.15 Parrot LiPo Battery for AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter (11.1 V, 1000 mAh)
212
2.15.16 Parrot Battery for BeBop Drone and Skycontroller 212
2.15.17 Parrot Flight Recorder for AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter 212
2.15.18 Parrot Camera for BeBop Drone 213
2.15.19 Parrot Propellers for BeBop Drone (4-Pack, Red) 213
2.15.20 Parrot Wall Charger for BeBop Drone and Skycontroller 213
2.15.21 Parrot Skycontroller with Wi-Fi Range Extender for BeBop Drone
(Red) 213
2.15.22 Parrot Repair Kit for BeBop Drone (Pair) 214
2.15.23 Parrot Feet Pack for BeBop Drone (4-Pack) 214
2.16 Smart Commercial Drone Regional Market Analysis 214
2.16.1 Smart Drone Commercial (UAV) Industry Regional Summary 216
2.16.2 U.S Accounts for 73 Percent Of The Worldwide Research,
Development, Test, And Evaluation (RDT&E) Spending On Smart Drone UAV
Technology 217
2.16.3 U.S. State Department Drone Export Guidelines 218
2.16.4 Canada 219
2.16.5 UK Trade In Drones 219
2.16.6 Drones for the Netherlands 220
2.16.7 Japan 220
2.16.8 Sony Drone Services 223
2.16.9 Japanese Drone Works Inside The Nuclear Power Plant 225
2.16.10 China 227
2.16.11 Chinese Smog-Fighting Drones That Spray Chemicals To Capture Air
Pollution 227
2.16.12 China Desires Exports, Steps Up Research In Military Drones 229
2.16.13 Singapore 230
2.16.14 Brazil 230
2.16.15 Morocco 231
2.16.16 India 231

3. SMART COMMERCIAL DRONES: PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 233
3.1 Parrot S.A. 233
3.1.1 Parrot Bebop Drone Stability 234
3.2 GoPro 239
3.2.1 GoPro Recorded Video Can Be Stitched Together Using Kolor 239
3.3 3D Robotics 240
3.4 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 242
3.4.1 Yahama 247
3.4.2 Yamaha RMAX 248
3.4.3 Yamaha Unmanned Helicopters For Industrial And Research
Applications 252
3.5 DJI 254
3.5.1 DJI Phantom 255
3.5.2 DJI Inspire 1 257
3.5.3 DJI Ronin 258
3.5.4 DJI Ronin Major Updates: 259
3.5.5 DJI Industries Phantom 3 Drone 267
3.5.6 DJI Industries Phantom 3 Drone Live HD View 268
3.5.7 DJI Industries Phantom 3 Drone Complete Control 269
3.5.8 DJI Industries Phantom Intelligent Battery 271
3.5.9 DJI Industries Inspire Drone 273
3.5.10 DJI Industries Ronin-M 275
3.5.11 DJI Industries Spreading Wings S1000+ 278
3.5.12 DJI Industries Zenmuse Z15-A7 280
3.5.13 Flying Platforms 282
3.5.14 DJI Flight Controllers 284
3.5.15 DJI Camera Gimbals 286
3.5.16 HD Video Downlink 289
3.5.17 Ground Stations 289
3.5.18 DJI Guidance 291
3.6 Boeing 291
3.6.1 Boeing A160 Hummingbird Helicopter 291
3.6.2 Boeing ScanEagle Small Footprint UAS Solutions 293
3.6.3 Boeing / Insitu / Commercial 300
3.6.4 Insitu Arctic Ice Floe Monitoring 303
3.6.5 Insitu Mammal Monitoring 303
3.6.6 Insitu Pipeline Surveys 304
3.6.7 Insitu Power-Line Inspections 304
3.6.8 Insitu Geomagnetic Surveys 304
3.6.9 Insitu Commercial Fishing 305
3.6.10 Insitu Public Safety 305
3.6.11 Insitu Disaster Response 306
3.6.12 Insitu Search and Rescue 306
3.6.13 Insitu Port and Border Security 307
3.6.14 Insitu Communications Relay 308
3.6.15 Insitu Over-the-Horizon Sensing 308
3.6.16 Insitu Counter-Narcotics 309
3.6.17 Insitu Offshore Base 309
3.6.18 Insitu Defense 310
3.6.19 Insitu Payload Systems 310
3.6.20 Insitu Force Protection 312
3.6.21 Insitu Combined Arms 312
3.6.22 Insitu Research Future of UAS Operations and Technology 313
3.6.23 Insitu ICOMC2 Streamline Process 314
3.6.24 Insitu ICOMC2’s Breakthrough Technology Extends Drone Capabilities
315
3.6.25 Insitu NightEagle 319
3.7 AeroVironment 320
3.7.1 AeroVironement Global Observer 320
3.7.2 AeroVironement RQ-20A Puma AE 325
3.7.3 AeroVironement Wasp AE 327
3.7.4 AeroVironement Shrike VTOL 328
3.7.5 AeroVironement Ground Control System 330
3.7.6 BP and AeroVironment Launch FAA-Approved, Commercial Unmanned
Aircraft Operations 331
3.7.7 AeroVironment Integrated LiDAR Sensor Payload 336
3.7.8 AeroVironment and Commercial UAV 338
3.7.9 AeroVironment AV’s Family of Small UAS 340
3.7.10 AeroVironment Raven 341
3.8 Elbit Systems Ltd 342
3.8.1 Elbit Systems Herrmes™ 900 - Multi-role, Multi- Payload Configurations
Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) 345
3.9 Amazon 346
3.10 Textron 350
3.10.1 Textron Shadow M2 350
3.10.2 Textron Aerosonde 352
3.10.3 Textron / Aerosonde AAI Services 354
3.10.4 Textron Shadow® Reconnaissance, Surveillance 357
3.10.5 Textron Systems AAI / Aerosonde® 359
3.10.6 Textron Systems AAI and Aeronautics Orbiter™ 360
3.10.7 Textron Systems AAI Remote Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance Terminals 360
3.10.8 Textron Systems AAI One System Remote Video Terminal 361
3.10.9 Textron Systems AAI Tactical Sensor Intelligence Sharing System 361
3.10.10 Textron Systems Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) 362
3.10.11 Textron Systems Homeland Security 363
3.10.12 Nano Air Vehicle 367
3.11 BAE Systems 368
3.11.1 BAE Systems MIM500™ Series of Uncooled Infrared Camera Cores 368
3.11.2 BAE Systems Taranis 371
3.12 Aurora Flight Sciences Hale 372
3.12.1 Aurora Centaur 372
3.12.2 Aurora Orion 375
3.12.3 Aurora SKATE - Small Unmanned Aircraft System 378
3.12.4 Aurora's HALE 383
3.12.5 Aurora's Advanced Concepts: SunLight Eagle - Green Flight 385
3.12.6 Aurora's Excalibur 387
3.12.7 Aurora GoldenEye 80 - Small, Capable Surveillance UAS 391
3.12.8 Aurora GoldenEye 50 392
3.12.9 Aurora GoldenEye 80 393
3.12.10 Aurora's Advanced Concepts: UHATF 395
3.12.11 Aurora Flight Sciences Odysseus Solar-Powered Aircraft 398
3.12.12 Aurora Flight Sciences Orion HALL 398
3.12.13 Aurora Flight Sciences Earth Science Applications 398
3.12.14 Aurora Small Unmanned Aerial Systems 403
3.12.15 Aurora Tactical Systems 404
3.12.16 Aurora Diamond DA42 MPP 404
3.12.17 Aurora System Description 408
3.13 L-3 Communications Next Generation Precision Unmanned Aircraft
Systems 410
3.13.1 L-3 Cutlass Communications Small Expendable Tube-Launched UAS 410
3.14 Draganfly Innovations Inc. 414
3.14.1 Draganfly Draganflyer X4-P 414
3.14.2 Draganfly Handheld Ground Control System 416
3.14.3 Draganflyer Vision Based System (VBS) 416
3.14.4 Draganflyer Guardian 418
3.14.5 Draganfly X4 420
3.14.6 Draganflyer X6 425
3.14.7 Draganflyer Aerial Photography & Video Applications 427
3.14.8 Draganflyer Real Estate Applications 428
3.14.9 Draganflyer Law Enforcement Applications 429
3.14.10 Draganflyer X8 432
3.15 DRS Unmanned Technologies Ground Control Stations 434
3.15.1 DRS Aircraft Monitoring Unit (AMU) 435
3.16 General Atomics 437
3.17 Integrated Dynamics 438
3.17.1 Integrated Dynamics Rover 438
3.17.2 Integrated Dynamics Explorer 440
3.17.3 Integrated Dynamics Skycam 442
3.17.4 Integrated Dynamics Pride 444
3.17.5 Integrated Dynamics Spirit 446
3.17.6 Integrated Dynamics Border Eagle MK - II 449
3.17.7 Integrated Dynamics Hornet 450
3.17.8 Integrated Dynamics HAWK MK - V 451
3.17.9 Integrated Dynamics VISION UAV systems 452
3.17.10 Integrated Dynamics VISION MK I 454
3.17.11 Integrated Dynamics Vision M K - I I 455
3.17.12 Integrated Dynamics S/Integrated Dynamics Integrated Dynamics M
K - I 456
3.17.13 Integrated Dynamics Vector 457
3.17.14 Integrated Dynamics Tornado 458
3.17.15 Integrated Dynamics Nishan MK - II 458
3.17.16 Integrated Dynamics Nishan TJ - 1000 459
3.18 MMIST Mist Mobility 460
3.18.1 Sherpa Ranger / MMist 467
3.19 Marcus UAV Systems 475
3.19.1 Marcus Autopilots 477
3.20 Proxy Aviation Systems 478
3.20.1 Proxy PROTEUS™ 478
3.20.2 Proxy PACS 479
3.20.3 The Proxy Autonomous Control Suite (PACS™) Virtual Pilot / Virtual
Operator 480
3.20.4 Proxy Cooperative Control/UDMS 481
3.20.5 Proxy SkyRaider 484
3.21 LaserMotive 487
3.21.1 LaserMotive UAV Power Links 487
3.21.2 LaserMotive Teams with Germany's Ascending Technologies 487
3.22 China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp Jet-Powered WJ600 488
3.22.1 Chinese Naval UAS 493
3.23 ASN Technology Group 493
3.24 Northrop Grumman / Scaled Composites 494
3.24.1 Proteus 495
3.24.2 Northrop Grumman MLB Company 496
3.24.3 Northrop Grumman.Bat 3 497
3.24.4 Northrop Grumman Super Bat with Piccolo II Autopilot and TASE
Gimbal 498
3.24.5 Northrop Grumman Unmanned Aerial Systems 500
3.24.6 Northrop Grumman Bat Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) 501
3.24.7 Northrop Grumman Firebird 502
3.24.8 Northrop Grumman Persistent Multiple Intelligence Gathering Air
System 503
3.24.9 Northrop Grumman M324 UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) 503
3.24.10 Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk 504
3.24.11 Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk 505
3.24.12 Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAS 513
3.24.13 Northrop Grumman Fire-X Medium-Range Vertical Unmanned Aircraft
System 514
3.25 Schiebel Camcopter S-100 516
3.25.1 Schiebel Camcopter Target Markets: 517
3.26 Parrot AR.Drone $299, Flies Off a Roof 517
3.27 Google 519
3.27.1 Google Loon 520
3.27.2 Google Loon Balloon Project 522
3.27.3 Google Titan Aerospace 524
3.28 Facebook 526
3.29 Outernet Beamed Via Satellite 526
3.29.1 Outernet Mobile Cloud Network Infrastructure 529
3.30 Lockheed Martin Ground Control System 529
3.30.1 Lockheed Martin Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) 532
3.30.2 Lockheed Martin Integrated Sensor IS Structure (ISIS) Concept of
Operations 533
3.30.3 Lockheed Martin K-MAX Unmanned Helicopter 535
3.30.4 Lockheed Martin K-MAX Used By Commercial Operators 537
3.30.5 Lockheed Martin ARES 538
3.30.6 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III 540
3.30.7 Lockheed Martin Fury 541
3.30.8 Lockheed Martin Expeditionary Ground Control System 543
3.30.9 Lockheed Martin Remote Minehunting System 545
3.30.10 Lockheed Martin Marlin 546
3.30.11 Lockheed Martin Persistent Threat Detection System 548
3.30.12 Lockheed Martin Stalker UAS Package Delivery 550
3.30.13 Lockheed Martin Stalker Droppable Payload 551
3.31 TRNDlabs SKEYE Nano Drone 553
3.32 Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet PRS 555
3.32.1 Prox Dynamics AS 559
3.33 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS 560
3.33.1 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System 561
3.33.2 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS System 562
3.33.3 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System
Features 563
3.33.4 Denel Dynamics Hungwe UAS 567
3.33.5 Denel Dynamics Skua 570
3.33.6 Denel Dynamics Skua High-speed Target Drone 571
3.34 IAI/Malat Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 573
3.34.1 IAI/Malat Israel Aerospace Industries Super Heron 575
3.34.2 Israel Aerospace Industries Hunter 578
3.34.3 Israel Aerospace Industries / RUAG Aerospace Ranger 580
3.34.4 Israel Aerospace Industries Scout 582
3.34.5 Israel Aerospace Industries Pioneer 582
3.34.6 Israel Aerospace Industries Searcher MKIII 583
3.34.7 Israel Aerospace Industries Panther Fixed Wing VTOL UAS 585
3.34.8 Israel Aerospace Industries Mini Panther Fixed Wing VTOL Mini UAS 589
3.35 Safran 591
3.35.1 Safran Patroller and Sperwer 595
3.36 Honeywell 596
3.36.1 Honeywell Engines in General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper 598
3.37 Ascending Technologies 599
3.37.1 Ascending Technologies Professional Line 599
3.37.2 AscTec For Professional Drone Users: 599
3.37.3 AscTec Compliance 600
3.37.4 Ascending Technologies For Professional UAV 601
3.37.5 AscTec Falcon 8 + InspectionPRO 605
3.37.6 AscTec Falcon 8 + VideoEXPERT 607
3.37.7 AscTec Firefly 607
3.37.8 Technical Data – AscTec Firefly 607
3.38 Danish Aviation Systems 609

4. DRONE UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (UAS) TECHNOLOGY 612
4.1 Learning to Fly a Hobby or Commercial Drone 612
4.1.1 US FAA Launches Drone Safety Campaign 613
4.2 UAS Sense and Avoid Evolution Avionics Approach 614
4.3 Military Drone Technology 622
4.3.1 Military Systems Interoperability 626
4.3.2 Drone Operational Benefits Of Autonomy 627
4.4 Northrop Grumman.BAT UAV Open Architecture 629
4.5 Integrated Dynamics Flight Telecommand & Control Systems 630
4.5.1 AP 2000 631
4.5.2 AP 5000 631
4.5.3 IFCS-6000 (Integrated Autonomous Flight Control System) 631
4.5.4 IFCS-7000 (Integrated Autonomous Flight Control System) 632
4.5.5 Portable Telecommand And Control System (P.T.C.S.) 634
4.6 Improved GPS Operations 634
4.7 Integrated Radio Guidance Transmitter (IRGX) 635
4.7.1 Portable Telecommand And Control System (P.T.C.S.) 636
4.8 IRGX (Integrated Radio Guidance Transmitter) 636
4.8.1 Ground Control Stations 637
4.8.2 GCS 1200 637
4.8.3 GCS 2000 638
4.9 Antenna Tracking Systems 638
4.10 ATPS 1200 639
4.10.1 ATPS 2000 640
4.10.2 Gyro Stabilized Payloads 641
4.10.3 GSP 100 642
4.10.4 GSP 900 643
4.10.5 GSP 1200 644
4.11 Civilian UAV’s - Rover Systemstm 644
4.12 CPI-406 Deployable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) 645
4.12.1 Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set (DFIRS) 646
4.12.2 Airborne Separation Video System (ASVS) 646
4.12.3 Airborne Separation Video System – Remote Sensor (ASVS – RS) 647
4.12.4 Airborne Tactical Server (ATS) 647
4.13 Cloud Computing and Multilayer Security 649
4.14 Aurora Very High-Altitude Propulsion System (VHAPS) 650
4.15 Aurora Autonomy & Flight Control 651
4.15.1 Aurora Guidance Sensors And Control Systems MAV Guidance 652
4.15.2 Aurora Multi-Vehicle Cooperative Control for Air and Sea Vehicles in
Littoral Operations (UAV/USV) 653
4.15.3 Aurora and MIT On-board Planning System for UAVs Supporting
Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance (OPS-USERS) 654
4.15.4 Aurora Flare Planning 656
4.15.5 Aurora Distributed Sensor Fusion 659
4.15.6 Aurora Aerospace Electronics 661
4.15.7 Aurora is CTC-REF 661
4.16 Space Technologies: Autonomous Control of Space Nuclear Reactors
(ACSNR) 661
4.16.1 Rule-based Asset Management for Space Exploration Systems (RAMSES) 662
4.16.2 Synchronized Position Hold, Engage & Reorient Experiment Satellites (SPHERES) 663
4.17 Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) 664
4.17.1 Chip-Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) 664
4.17.2 Low–Design-Impact Inspection Vehicle (LIIVe) 665
4.17.3 Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization (SIMO) 665
4.17.4 Self-Assembling Wireless Autonomous Reconfigurable Modules
(SWARM) 666
4.18 Persistent, Long-Range Reconnaissance Capabilities 667
4.18.1 United States Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS)
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program 670
4.18.2 Navy Unmanned Combat Air System UCAS Program: 670
4.18.3 Navy Unmanned Combat Air System UCAS: Objectives: 671
4.19 Search and Rescue (SAR) 671
4.20 L-3 Communications LinkTEK™ IDS 673
4.21 L-3 Communications FlightTEK® SMC 675
4.21.1 Helicopter Main Limiting Factor Retreating Blade Stall 676
4.22 Danish Aviation Systems’ 677
4.23 Draganflyer X4 Applications 678
4.23.1 Draganflyer X4 Large Project Management 679
4.23.2 Draganflyer Remote Supervision and Investigation of Equipment 680
4.23.3 Draganflyer Remote Supervision and Investigation of Agricultural Land
and Equipment 683
4.23.4 Draganflyer Advanced RC Flight Research 685
4.23.5 Aerial Archeology 686
4.23.6 Environmental Assessment 688
4.23.7 The Draganflyer X4 is Fun to Fly 690
4.24 Drones Protect US Commerce and US Civilian Safety 694
4.24.1 John Adams Articulates the Need for Military to Fight Terrorists 695
4.24.2 John Adam’s Solution for Terrorism 696

5. DRONE AND REMOTE CONTROL COMPANY DESCRIPTION 700
5.1 3D Robotics 700
5.2 AeroVironment 700
5.2.1 AeroVironment Financial Results For Its Third Quarter Ended January
31, 2015 704
5.3 Airware 705
5.3.1 Airware Components of its Aerial Information Platform 708
5.3.2 Airware’s AIP Business Model 709
5.3.3 Airware Investment From Intel Capital 709
5.4 Ascending Technologies AscTec Firefly 710
5.4.1 Drone: Asctec Firefly With Intel Realsense 710
5.4.2 Ascending Technologies and Intel Collaboration To Develop Drone
Collision Avoidance Technology 711
5.4.3 Ascending Technologies Asctec Firefly / Intel RealSense Camera 712
5.4.4 Intel Realsense Cameras And Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity
713
5.4.5 AscTec Falcon 8 714
5.4.6 Topcon Distribution Partnership With Ascending Technologies 714
5.5 ASN Technologies 715
5.6 Aurora Flight 717
5.6.1 Aurora 2013 Employee Exceptional Service Award 718
5.7 Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) 718
5.7.1 Aviation Industry Corp / Thielert 719
5.8 BAE Systems 719
5.9 Boeing 724
5.9.1 Boeing 2015 Revenue 725
5.9.2 Boeing Commercial Airplanes 727
5.9.3 Boeing Defense, Space & Security 729
5.9.4 Boeing Capital Corporation 730
5.9.5 Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology 730
5.9.6 Boeing Shared Services Group 731
5.9.7 Boeing Revenue by Segment 731
5.9.8 Boeing / Insitu 732
5.9.9 Boeing Defense, Space & Security 734
5.10 Challis UAV Inc. 734
5.11 China Aerospace 734
5.11.1 China Aerospace CASC Space Technology 736
5.8.2 China Aerospace CASC Revenue 736
5.12 Cyphy 737
5.12.1 Cyphy Microfilament Technology 740
5.12.2 CyPhy Works Microfilament 741
5.13 Delair-Tech 742
5.14 Denel Dynamics 745
5.15 DJI 746
5.16 Draganflyer 748
5.16.1 DraganBot 749
5.16.2 Draganflyer ABEX Awards 751
5.17 Elbit Systems Ltd 752
5.17.1 Elbit Systems Ltd UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and USVs
(Unmanned Surface Vessels) 755
5.17.2 Elbit Systems Ltd Military Aircraft and Helicopter Systems 756
5.18 Finmeccanica 757
5.18.1 DRS Technologies 758
5.19 Flirtey 761
5.20 General Atomics 761
5.20.1 USAF awards Contracts to GA-ASI to convert 38 Reaper UASs to
Extended Range Capability configuration 763
5.20.2 U.S. Air Force Plans for Extended-Range Reaper 765
5.21 General Dynamics 766
5.21.1 Sequester Mechanism 767
5.21.2 General Dynamics Revenue 768
5.21.3 General Dynamics Robotic Systems 769
5.21.4 General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) Vision 770
5.21.5 General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) Manufacturing 770
5.21.6 General Dynamics Autonomous Land And Air Vehicle Development 771
5.22 Google 772
5.22.1 Google Revenue 775
5.22.2 Google Revenues by Segment and Geography 778
5.22.3 Google / Boston Dynamics 778
5.22.4 Boston Dynamics CHEETAH - Fastest Legged Robot 781
5.22.5 Boston Dynamics Atlas - The Agile Anthropomorphic Robot 782
5.22.6 Boston Dynamics BigDog 784
5.22.7 Boston Dynamics LittleDog - The Legged Locomotion Learning Robot
785
5.22.8 Google Robotic Division 787
5.22.9 Google Self-Driving Car 787
5.22.10 Google Cars Address Vast Majority Of Vehicle Accidents Due To
Human Error 789
5.22.11 Google Business 790
5.22.12 Google Corporate Highlights 791
5.22.13 Google Search 792
5.23 GoPro 793
5.23.1 GoPro Second Quarter 2015 Highlights 794
5.23.2 GoPro Opular Mount 797
5.23.3 GoPro Revenue Surges 54% As It Gains Popularity Abroad 797
5.23.4 GoPro Acquires Kolor, A Virtual Reality Company 798
5.24 Honeywell 798
5.24.1 Honeywell T-Hawk Military Mini Drone 799
5.24.2 Honeywell's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle RMUs 800
5.24.3 Honeywell Navigation 801
5.25 HUVRData, LLC 801
5.26 Integrated Dynamics 804
5.27 Intel 806
5.27.1 Intel Company Strategy 808
5.27.2 Intel Realsense Cameras And Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity
810
5.27.3 Intel Capital 811
5.28 Israel Aerospace Industries 812
5.28.1 Israel Aerospace Industries MALAT Division 813
5.29 Japan Drones 818
5.30 L-3 Communications 820
5.30.1 L3 Communications 820
5.30.2 L-3 Aerospace Systems 822
5.30.3 L-3 Electronic Systems 822
5.30.4 L-3 Communication Systems 822
5.30.5 L-3 National Security Solutions 822
5.30.6 L-3 Revenue by Segment 823
5.31 Laird / Cattron Group International 824
5.31.1 Cattron- Theimeg Branding 826
5.32 Laser Motive 828
5.33 Lockheed Martin 829
5.33.1 Lockheed Martin First Quarter 2015 Results 830
5.33.2 Lockheed Martin Symphony Improvised Explosive Device Jammer
Systems 834
5.33.3 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Revenue 834
5.33.4 Lockheed Martin Electronic Systems 839
5.33.5 Lockheed Martin 842
5.34 Marcus UAV 843
5.35 MMist 843
5.35.1 MMIST Sherpatm Guided Parachute System 844
5.35.2 MMIST SnowGoosetm CQ-10A Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) 844
5.36 Northrop Grumman 845
5.36.1 Northrop Grumman Revenue 850
5.36.2 Northrop Grumman Remotec 850
5.36.3 Northrop Grumman Leading Global Security Company 851
5.36.4 Northrop Grumman Supplies Marine Navigation Equipment 853
5.36.5 Northrop Grumman Recognized by UK Ministry of Defense for Role in
Supporting Sentry AWACS Aircraft During Military Operations in Libya 854
5.36.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation Subsidiary Remotec Inc. upgrade the
U.S. Air Force fleet of Andros HD-1 854
5.36.7 Northrop Grumman NAV CANADA Supplier 855
5.37 Parrot/senseFly 856
5.29.1 Parrot Group / senseFly 857
5.29.2 Parrot Group senseFly CTI Certified 858
5.37.1 Parrot Drone First Quarter Sales For 2015 Up 356 Percent 859
5.30 Prox Dynamics 861
5.31 Proxy Technologies 862
5.32 RUAG Aerospace 864
5.33 Safran Morpho 867
5.33.1 Safron Morpho Identification Division 868
5.33.2 Safron Morpho e-Documents Division 875
5.33.3 Safron Morpho e-Documents Payments 875
5.33.4 Safron Morpho e-Documents Identity & Access Management 875
5.33.5 Safron Morpho Global Presence 876
5.33.6 Safron Morpho Detection Division 876
5.33.7 Safran Morpho Revenue 2015 880
5.33.8 Key figures for the first quarter of 2015 880
5.33.9 Safran Morpho Business 880
5.33.10 Safron Security Revenue 883
5.34 SAIC 884
5.35 Scaled Composites 885
5.36 Schiebel 886
5.37 Secom 887
5.37.1 Japanese Security Company To Offer Private Security Drones 887
5.38 Skycatch 889
5.39 Textron 889
5.40 Topcon Positioning Group 892
5.41 TRNDlabs 893
5.42 XAircraft 893
5.43 Yahama 896
5.43.1 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 900
5.44 Wing Looong 901
5.45 ZMP 903
5.46 Drone Market Participants WorldWide 905
5.45.1 Military UAV Manufacturers 933
5.45.2 Top Drone Products 952
5.45.3 FAA Approved Drone Projects 953