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The Small Unmanned Aerial System Ecosystem

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ABI Research has completed its most wide-reaching and comprehensive market analysis of the small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAS) market to date. 

The sUAS market is in a strong position, with a downward revision in the forecast for consumer drones being offset by enormous growth in the commercial sUAS market. There is also significant growth in the military and civil sector. 

Rather than separate the consumer and non-consumer segments of sUAS, ABI Research has opted to create a forecast that covers all market sectors of the sUAS industry;

•    Consumer sUAS (Including Prosumer)

•    Commercial sUAS

•    Civil sUAS

•    Military sUAS

These markets are further segmented by market application, including; 

• Platforms: The base sUAV platform/airframe, along with the customary technology mandatory to the use of the system (standard sensor and camera payloads, control technology, battery chargers, etc.).

• Accessories: Add-on accessories for sUAVs include those products and technologies (hardware (HW) and software (SW)) not included in the base systems, which augment, improve, or extend the functionality of the aerial systems themselves. 

• Associated Services: The ancillary services offered by the UAV vendor or a third-party vendor. 

• Application Services: Additional applications sold directly or through third-party SW companies and cloud-based services

The primary purpose of this segmentation is to showcase how the revenue is split across the sUAS ecosystem.

Aside from consumer and prosumer markets, there is a need to segment further by market vertical. For example, commercial sUAS is segmented thus; 

•    Agriculture

•    Film and media

•    Infrastructure and Industrial Inspection

•    Geology, mining

•    Oil, gas

•    Insurance Commercial and Residential)

•    Private security

•    Construction

•    Warehousing

•    Other commercial applications

This provides onlookers with insight on where the greatest opportunities lie across the drone industry. 

For the first time, ABI Research has also provided a breakdown of attachment rates and shipment figures for various components essential to drone platforms. These include computing architectures, sensors, cameras and connectivity chipsets. This increased granularity improves the value of ABI forecast to vendors throughout the supply-chain. 

The results of this market data are the product of a quantitative assessment of the sUAS market, which was informed by, and further refined by, a qualitative analysis of the technological, business, and political drivers and constraints impacting the sUAS sector. The quantitative component was developed using a number of public and private sources. These include financial statements, earnings reports, corporate briefings, government/academic funding announcements, and association and industry publications, along with sessions at conferences and seminars and during private interviews with industry representatives, UAS end users, and others involved with the small unmanned industry value chain.

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  1. Military sUAS Revenue by Market Application by Product/Service, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  2. Civil sUAS Revenue by Market Application by Product/Service, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  3. Commercial sUAS Revenue by Market Application by Product/Service, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  4. Military sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Flight Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  5. Military sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Controller Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  6. Civil sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Flight Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  7. Civil sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Controller Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  8. Commercial sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Flight Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  9. Commercial sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Controller Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  10. Consumer sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Flight Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  11. Consumer sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Controller Type, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2027
  12. Military sUAS Processor Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  13. Military sUAS Sensor Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  14. Military sUAS Connectivity Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  15. Commercial sUAS Cellular Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  16. Consumer sUAS Processor Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  17. Consumer sUAS Sensor Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  18. Consumer sUAS Connectivity Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  19. Consumer sUAS WiFi Protocol Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  20. Consumer sUAS Bluetooth Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  21. Consumer sUAS Cellular Chipset Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2014 to 2026
  22. Military and Civil sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018
  23. Military and Civil sUAS Revenue and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018
  24. Consumer and Prosumer sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018
  25. Consumer and Prosumer sUAS Revenue and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018
  26. Commercial sUAS Revenue and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018
  27. Commercial sUAS Shipments and Market Share by Vendor, World Markets, Forecast: 2015 to 2018

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