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Fixed-wing drones not quite taking off in commercial market, a new DroneDeploy study finds

by • August 14, 2016 • 7s Comments

DroneDeploy released a new study of the commercial and industrial drones market this week, announcing bad news for the makers of fixed-wing drones — quadcopters are far outpacing this type of unmanned aerial vehicle in each industry.

Fixed-wing drones, like the SenseFly eBee Ag, 3DR Aero-M and PrecisionHawk Lancaster, promise performance benefits, which include endurance and ruggedness.

A fixed-wing drone can fly farther and cover a greater area on a single charge than multi-rotor counterparts, generally. But they are in addition utilized in only 6 percent of the flights for commercial and industrial purposes, DroneDeploy discovered.

Meanwhile, quadcopters, which promise to be simpler for drone operators to control in flight and allow for rapid takeoff, are utilized pervasively.

DroneDeploy CEO and co-discovereder Mike Winn explained, “People may pretty fly a quadcopter multiple times over a sizeable area, or stop to alter batteries, than go through the system of building a fixed-wing drone preceding a flight.”

Thankfully, many manufacturers of fixed-wing drones for commercial and industrial use have in addition created quadcopters or other multi-rotor models.

The DroneDeploy study in addition discovered which commercial and industrial users of drones mapped 3 million acres of land in the past four months alone. That compares to mapping fewer than 2 million acres of land in the entire year preceding which.dronedeploy_study

Agriculture is via drones additional than any other industry, so far, followed by construction. But the most rapidly growth in adoption of drones is seen in mining, inspection and oil and gas.

New industries are finding uses for drones, these days, which include: education, emergency services and real estate, yet institutions in these industries were barely actually testing drones only one year ago.

And in the past year, the drone hardware many utilized in this market came of DJI; SenseFly (a Parrot-owned company); 3DR; AgEagle and Parrot, respectively. The many talked about drone-camera tech in the market came of DJI, Canon, Sony, GoPro and Mapir.

DroneDeploy provides software and systems to assist organizations use drones for commercial and industrial purposes of any kind, of mapping and measuring traffic, to surveillance and venue security, to spraying crops and monitoring crop health of on high.

The company based its study on the drone-related activities of its customers in 130 countries over the past 16 months.

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