Participate in Our 2021 Market Survey

Have your voice heard in the industry’s longest running annual survey

We just announced our fifth Drone Market Sector Survey, established to provide clear benchmarks for the industry. This survey is the online research portion of our upcoming 2021 Market Sector Report (to be released in September), and will provide a comprehensive look across drone purchases, service providers, business and public agency buyers and software services.

The 2021 survey is more comprehensive than ever before, by building on top of our previous efforts and diving deeper into:

  • How new autonomous features are impacting purchases and adoption
  • The impact concerns (and rules) around Chinese-made drones have had on drone purchases
  • How adoption, spending and usage differs across key end user segments

Take the brief 10-minute survey here:

As an incentive for participation in the survey, respondents have an opportunity to:

  • Receive a free summary report of the research results, a $95 value
  • Enter to win one of two $400 gift cards

About Our Annual Report

If you’re not familiar with our Market Sector Reports, here is a quick refresher. Started in 2016, these market sector reports have provided concrete data about who is buying and using small unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones). While it has primarily focused on hardware purchases, the survey has evolved to track the complex nature of the drone industry.

In 2017, the report expanded to better understand drone service providers and business buyers. In 2018, improvements were further made to measure maturity of drone programs and actual usage of drones. In 2020, changes assessed the impact of COVID-19, US-China trade war and the origins of corporate drone programs.

This year’s report will again make improvements by assessing the adoption and benefits of autonomous drone solutions, better measure trends across key industry segments and understand the usage of different software categories.

What is Covered in the Survey?

  • Who’s buying what types of drones from which makers at which prices and for what uses?
  • How large are drone-based service providers, what is the market share of pilot networks and how and where are they positioning themselves?
  • What most concerns businesses that perform drone-based projects and why?
  • How much are service providers, business buyers, and public agencies using flight management and data analytic software for image-based projects?

Our previous studies have found that more consumer drones are being used for professional use than ever before, the U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots but very few make enough money to sustain a full-time venture, and film / photo / video dominates both the hobby and professional uses of drones. This year’s study will continue to challenge these insights and explore new topics like the role of autonomous solutions.

Who Should Take the Survey?

  • Individuals or organizations who have purchased a drone in the past 12 months for any reason
  • Commercial drone service providers
  • Businesses, enterprises, and public agencies that perform drone-based operations

Why this Study?

We believe the consumer and commercial drone market needs this annual benchmark study. There is a lack of objective information on the drone industry. We find an absence of credible market-based research and little understanding of the difference between large industry forecasts and actual buyer adoption rates – which we have already seen diverge significantly from reality. This study will clarify much of that.

The survey will be open for four weeks, and results will be available in September.

You can take the brief 10-minute survey here:

David Benowitz

David is the Head of Research at DroneAnalyst, responsible for developing and expanding its drone industry research portfolio. David joins the team from DJI, where he contributed as a founding member of its Enterprise business. David is based in Shenzhen, China waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic.