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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems


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This study examines the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) solutions ecosystem, specifically that which is enabled by unmanned aerial platforms that have an approximate maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of less than 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), including fixed wing and single rotor/multi-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platforms, as well as the technologies, services, and applications associated with their use. Both systems for professional and personal use were examined. However, low cost (<$350), functionally limited, small unmanned aerial systems produced solely for the toy industry or the low-end tech enthusiast market were excluded.

For this study, the sUAS market was further categorized into three distinct markets based on the general class of purchaser of the base platform/airframe, and, secondarily, their intended use:

• Military/Civil

• Commercial

• Prosumer / Hobbyist

Additionally, the sUAS market is not defined by, or limited to, the unmanned aerial system platforms and airframes. The totality of the sUAS ecosystem includes other technologies, products and services that are ancillary to, and often necessary for, the use of small unmanned vehicles, along with the many applications enabled by them. For this study, the components of the sUAS ecosystem included:

• Platforms

• Systems/Platforms Support and Services

• Application Services

• Enabling Technologies

Table of Contents

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  1. Military/Civil sUAS, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2019
  2. Military/Civil sUAS 2014 Market Share by Platform Revenue, World Market, 2014
  3. Commercial sUAS, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2019
  4. Commercial sUAS Market Share by Platform Revenue, World Market, 2014
  5. Prosumer/Hobby sUAS Market Share by Platform Revenue, World Market, 2014