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Aerial Imaging Market - By Platform (Fixed-wing Aircraft, Helicopter, UAV/Drone), By End-use (Government, Energy, Military & Defense, Agriculture & Forestry, Archaeology & Civil Engineering, Oil & Gas), By Imaging, By Application & Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI105
  • Published Date: Dec 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Aerial Imaging Market Size

Aerial Imaging Market size surpassed USD 3 billion in 2022 and is projected to record 22% CAGR during 2023 to 2032.

Aerial Imaging Market

Aerial imaging technology has found key applications in the military and defense sectors. Imaging platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and aircraft-mounted camera systems offer high-level aerial surveillance that enables crucial military functions like mission simulation, mission planning and air-defense planning. Advancement in drone technology and communication has facilitated several armed forces globally to monitor ground activity across borders and high-risk areas without the need to deploy military personnel.

A major barrier to the expansion of the aerial imaging market is the strict regulations controlling the usage of UAV platforms. In many nations, aviation authorities closely control the use of drones through regulations for these operators and manufacturers. For instance, in the U.S., if one needs to use a drone for work purposes, then a certificate from the FAA is compulsory. There are a set of commercial flying rules that need to be followed as well. Such regulations might affect industry growth.

Aerial Imaging Market Analysis

The industry revenue from the fixed-wing aircraft segment was valued at over USD 400 million in 2022. The growing need to expand the air force fleet would influence the demand for these aircrafts. For years, fixed-wing manned aircraft are employed for aerial imaging tasks in a variety of air force application fields, such as research purposes, surveillance & monitoring, geospatial mapping and conservation. The images captured by these aircraft have a wide range of usage in military, defense and many more sectors.

The oblique aerial imaging market is expected to observe nearly 25% growth between 2023 and 2032. Compared to vertical imaging technology, oblique imaging has more advantages in terms of improved subject perspectives. This technology is quickly becoming a standard in several civil and mapping functions because of the advent of airborne digital multi-camera systems. This makes it simple for non-expert users to understand the captured subjects as well, further fostering its adoption.

China Aerial Imaging Market Share By Application

Aerial imaging industry share from the urban planning segment is expected to cross USD 5 billion in 2032. The expansion of the urban planning sector is being driven by government programs that assist smart city development and rising digitization in many industries. UAVs are predicted to play a bigger part in smart city infrastructures for civil security control, traffic and population management, management of agriculture and the environment, and coordination between various heterogeneous systems.

Global Aerial Imaging Market Size By Region

Asia Pacific aerial imaging market is predicted witness 25% growth rate through 2032. Drone use in construction, agriculture, government, disaster management and defense is a major driver of the regional growth. Advancements in industries like agriculture, crisis management and defense are contributing to the rapid deployment of drone technology.

Aerial Imaging Market Share

Some of the leading companies in aerial imaging business landscape include

  • Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Aeroptic LLC.
  • Cooper Aerial Survey
  • Digital Aerial Solutions
  • DroneDeploy
  • AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc.
  • Eagle View Technologies
  • Fugro NV
  • Wingtra
  • Getmapping Plc
  • Google (Alphabet)
  • Kucera International
  • Airobotics
  • Landiscor
  • Hoverfly technologies
  • NearMap Ltd
  • Precision Hawk
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Sanborn Map Company, Inc.

These players are placing a strong emphasis on integrating cutting-edge capabilities into their imaging platforms through high-end analytics and image processing technologies.


Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased demand for aerial imagery for conducting remote monitoring of infrastructure and facilities during outbreak. The application of aerial imaging solutions across government, power, oil & gas, energy, etc. also elevated during the pandemic for monitoring supply chain situations. Economic growth and new development activities in the construction sector will favor the deployment of aerial imaging in the post-COVID era.

This market research report on aerial imaging includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of revenue in USD from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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Market, By Platform

  • Fixed-wing Aircraft
  • Helicopter
  • UAV/Drone
  • Others

Market, By Imaging Type

  • Vertical Imaging
  • Oblique Imaging

Market, By Application

  • Geospatial Mapping
  • Disaster Management
  • Energy & Resource Management
  • Surveillance & Monitoring
  • Urban Planning
  • Conservation & Research

Market, By End-use

  • Government
  • Energy
  • Military & Defense
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Archaeology & Civil Engineering
  • Oil & Gas
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Israel


Authors: Suraj Gujar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size aerial imaging surpassed USD 3 billion in 2022 and is projected to record over 22% CAGR during 2023 to 2032.

The industry share from surveillance monitoring accounted for 21% in 2022 attributed to the rising popularity of these systems in both the commercial and residential sectors.

Asia Pacific aerial imaging industry is predicted observe 25% growth from 2023 to 2032 due to its adoption across military applications.

Kucera International, Airobotics, Hoverfly technologies, Precision Hawk, AeroVironment Inc., and DJI Technology Co., Ltd. are some of the leading players in the business scenario.

Aerial Imaging Market Scope

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