The Commercial UAV Show & the Drone Ecosystem

20. October 2015

The Commercial UAV Show just opened its doors in London, UK. Matt Kellett, Business Development Manager for Mapping and OEM business at Topcon will be holding a speak there and present the unmanned aircraft system Topcon Falcon 8, powered by Ascending Technologies.

Aiming at the commercial UAV market

New capabilities and markets opened up in the UAV sector will be discussed as well as latest features, sensors and newly developed business models or cooperations. No one at The Commercial UAV Show will seriously doubt the advantages and monetary values of civil and commercial drone use. As life saver, for lower costs and lower operational risks, for more usability, accuracy, safety… most attendees will already be well informed and convinced about benefits and commercial exploitation of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Yet most available systems still need to be improved regarding stability (See: Piotr Esden-Tempski “-00:08:31”:

So probably the real focus will be set on networking, cooperation opportunities and financing options – in addition to newly developed UAV solutions of course. Maybe. We are excited.

The drone’s exceptional ecosystem

Actually the market is evolving quick and everybody is trying to get a share of the market. So the key question now is just, which markets harbour the greatest potential for an upswing. Focusing on the professional drone use and commercial markets agriculture, construction, infrastructure, oil & gas, utilities, mining, inspection, mapping and surveying seem to be promising sectors. At least according to a drone’s ecosystem map by Chris McCann (@mccannatron).

So Ascending Technologies could be satisfied being part of that map. Or be proud of at least two further named companies relying on the AscTec Falcon 8 as unmanned aircraft system. Or wonder why some considerable market players – for instance Aibotix, HeightTech, Microdrones and Servicedrone from Germany – and further major customers from Ascending Technologies like RUAS, GMTIB, PHT Airpictures, AAIR, HUVR, Orbiton, Z&M 3D Welt, Archeotech, which are not mentioned. Or … whatever. Finally it is a successful attempt to bring some light into that highly dynamic “drones at any price” world. On the other hand there is the drone section 333 exemptions database, which offers a brief view to the US market.

“[Since] sometime in 2016, only those companies in possession of a Section 333 exemption are permitted to operate drones commercially. All non-exempted, non-recreational drone operations are currently illegal.” Center of the Study of the Drone, Bard College (Source)

Yet that list isn’t really representative and comprehensive since you can only estimate how many unmanned aircraft systems each company posses and how many of the listed drones are indeed in daily use or how many require frequent repair. Finally the number of listed drones can give an idea of how great the impact and potential of UAV technology still is in the USA alone.