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Regulators and manufacturers are working towards incorporating drones into everyday life. The industry is growing rapidly, and drones have endless applications. From deliveries and inspections to patrolling and aiding in construction, drones can enhance many areas of life. The Drone Industry White Paper will provide you with a deep understanding of the global drone industry, diving into market research and key industries, use cases, and estimated impact on the economy. Besides this, you will also learn about the technology used in drones and their main technical components. Below, you can find an overview of all information contained within the White Paper.

What Makes Drones Useful?

You will learn the 2 main benefits that UAVs and what their specialized software can deliver: high-quality, fast video shooting, and data processing/analytics. You’ll be able to compare modern drones’ capabilities to what they could do 15 years ago.

How Drones Help Companies Make and Save Money

You’ll be presented with the 8 main ways that drones help businesses grow their profit.

Key Tasks Solved by Commercial Drones

First, you’ll learn the 5 key business tasks that drones and specialized software solve. Then, the White Paper will explain which objects can be identified with drones.

Change Detection and Predictive Maintenance

You will examine how drones can be used to track and evaluate changes both quantitatively and qualitatively — as well as how to assess the criticality of the changes.

Applications and Use Cases for Drones

This section will present you with information on how drones can be used for topographic surveys and design. Afterward, you will read about a real-life use case in which a UAV platform was configured to perform terrain-following flight and cartographic survey tasks.

Inspection of Oil and Gas Pipelines, Wells, and Drilling Rigs

Learn how drones can be used to inspect pipelines, pinpoint threats to the environment, and find threats to the pipeline’s integrity. You will also determine how drones can be used to inspect drilling rigs, wells, and flare stacks. 

Alternative Energy

The White Paper will explain how drones help in the alternative energy sector: by assisting in site selection, solar panel inspection, and wind turbine inspection.


Next, you’ll see how drones impact the agriculture industry: through monitoring plant health, assessing the quantity and quality of plant growth, creating 3D topography maps, determining soil properties, and more. You’ll be presented with a couple of real-life use cases, too. 


Learn how drones are useful at construction sites: estimating the scope of work and quick distribution of drone-obtained data.

Insurance Companies

The White Paper will explain how drones assist in the insurance industry: data collection and analysis, as well as providing emergency responses to claims.

Delivery Services

The White Paper will address the scope of the drone delivery market, touching on how DHL will deploy a huge logistics network of delivery drones within Europe.

Other Industries

You’ll get a better picture of other industries that drones are suitable for, including media and events.

A Brief History of UAV Development

You’ll learn when drones were first developed — the answer may surprise you. You’ll check out drones throughout the ages, including The Queen Bee, civilian drones, and modern UAVs.

Market Size and Development Forecasts

The White Paper will present you with information on the current drone market size, as well as expert forecasts. You’ll see a comparison between defense, enterprise, public safety, logistics, passenger, and consumer drone growth. You’ll also examine the regions of growth and get an overview of the key players.

Estimated Development of US Market Sectors

In this section, the White Paper will cover research data from Levitate Capital. You’ll get to see the forecasted market size for various drone sectors, broken down into Progressive, Base, and Conservative estimates.

Estimated Impact on the US Economy by the FAA

The White Paper will contain the FAA’s estimated forecast scenarios, which take the agency’s Rule 107 into account. They examined the rule’s impact and expect that the benefits will exceed the costs.

Which Drone Companies Are Listed on a Stock Exchange?

You will see a chart of drone companies that are listed on stock exchanges. The White Paper will present their country, ticker symbol, current price, and recent performance.

Main Technical Components

Head to this section if you want to learn how drones work. The White Paper will explain the anatomy of a drone and its special sensors (LiDar and Thermal Imagers).

How Do Drones Fly?

You’ll learn about drone flight principles, as well as how they rise and decline, turn, tilt, and rotate.

Key Technologies Used in Drones

You will examine the key technologies that make drones powerful tools: AI, IoT, and 5G.

Which Drone Is Right for You?

This section will show you drone models that are suitable for industrial inspection, communications, indoor work, agriculture, construction, and gas pipeline surveying.

Which Data Collection Software Is Right for You?

After examining the best drones, you’ll get to see software that best meets your needs. Compare DroneDeploy, Agisoft Metashape, Global Mapper, and Pix4D. Also, you’ll get to read about the benefits of using custom-built software.

Drone Specification Requirements

The White Paper will present drone specification criteria set by the USA, UK, and Canada. Learn about the required visibility range, maximum altitude, and more.

How and Where to Use Drones

You’ll learn how drone usage is classified as recreational or commercial; you’ll also see the no-fly zones for drones in the US and the UK.


If you want to learn more about the drone industry or become a certified drone practitioner, you’ll find what you need in this section. The White Paper will present industry associations, social media communities, certification programs, further reading, and additional useful information.


The White Paper closes by expounding on the future direction of the drone industry, providing insight on automation, drone computers, and changes to the urban environment and user experience.


Head here for a helpful compilation of key terms used within the White Paper.


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2021 drone market report – Critical industry trends. (2021, September 14). Drone Analyst.

Civil drones (unmanned aircraft). (n.d.). EASA.

Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People. (2020). DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration.

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