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Skylogic Drone Research Report Released, Includes Results from 2,600 Respondents Across 60 Industries

BY Zacc Dukowitz
19 September 2017

A little while back we wrote about a survey that Skylogic was circulating throughout the drone community, in an effort to collect comprehensive data on what the drone industry currently looks like.

The end result of the survey is a paid report that was just released today.


Purchase a full copy of the report here.

Note: If you participated in the survey, you should be getting a copy of the report for free.

The survey Skylogic circulated to create this report asked questions about what people’s drone work looks like, what sectors they are working in, how big their companies are, and how much they make a year, in an effort to get a sense for who is making money where when it comes to drones, and what the drone industry actually looks like right now.

Although we know that the drone industry is growing—as indicated by the expansion and profits of many drone companies, by the growing number of FAA certified pilots, and by the increasing size of drone-focused conferences like InterDrone and AUVSI XPONENTIAL—we still don’t know a whole lot about what that growth looks like, who’s making money and who’s not, and where we’re actually seeing business take off or stagnate.

Skylogic’s 2017 Drone Market Sector Report will fill in a lot of these gaps, and that’s why we are elated about its release.

As noted above, the report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users, and software services. The research is the result of a three-month project sponsored in part by Airware and DroneDeploy.

The report provides the first comprehensive view of:

  • Critical industry drivers
  • Vendor and service provider market share
  • Business adoption trends and issues
  • Market size for all drone makers, with growth projections by segment

Three Big Insights from the Report

1. The U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots, with very few making enough money to sustain a full-time venture. The data shows that 85% of service providers make less than $50,000 per year, and 79% perform only one to five operations per month.

2. More consumer drones are being used for commercial work than ever before. Survey data shows that more than two-thirds (68%) of all drones are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business.

3. DJI dominates the industry, with a 72% global market share for drone purchases across all price points. In North America (U.S. and Canada), it’s 62%.

Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus views of the overall market growth and drone use by vertical.

– Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research

Skylogic’s full 88-page report is comprehensive, featuring more than 40 helpful figures and tables, and offering insight and analysis on:

  • Who’s buying what types of drones, from which makers, at what prices, and for what uses.
  • The size and nature of drone-based service providers, how they position themselves, and what markets they’re targeting.
  • Who the business users for drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.
  • How service providers and businesses use software for drone-based projects—for flight management, mission planning, and image processing.

Learn more about the report and how to get a copy.

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