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Aerial Imaging Market Size, By Platform (Fixed-wing Aircraft, Helicopter, UAV/Drone), By Imaging Type (Vertical Imaging, Oblique Imaging), By Application (Geospatial Mapping, Disaster Management, Energy & Resource Management, Surveillance & Monitoring, Urban Planning, Conservation & Research), By End-use (Government, Energy, Military & Defense, Agriculture & Forestry, Archaeology & Civil Engineering, Oil & Gas), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI105
  • Published Date: Nov 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Aerial Imaging Market size exceeded USD 2 billion in 2020 and is poised to grow at a CAGR of over 15% from 2021 to 2027. The market growth is attributed to consistent technological advancements in aerial imaging cameras. Companies in the market are consistently focusing on developing advanced camera systems for a wide range of imaging applications.

Aerial Imaging Market Overview

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The aerial imaging market has received a strong impetus amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Market acceleration in the aerial imaging space has been substantial as UAVs can accomplish aerial imaging tasks with minimum human contact. With the trend of drone mapping becoming mainstream, there has been an industry expansion, in terms of the post-COVID-19 impact.

Better data density and enhanced risk reduction to expand the aerial imaging market value of UAVs in the U.S.

Aerial Imaging Market Share

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In the U.S., the UAV segment will reach USD 1 billion in revenue in 2027 owing to the rapid adoption of UAVs for aerial mapping in the agriculture & forestry sector. Drone manufacturing companies in the U.S. have also made huge investments in drone technology.

Large area coverage offered by the oblique aerial imaging technique to augment market revenue in the UK

In the UK, the oblique imaging type will account for around 45% of the aerial imaging market share by 2027. Growth is credited to the coverage of more ground area than vertical images taken from the same latitude and with the same focal length. Other associated benefits of oblique imaging include better determination of elevation features and higher accuracy in imaging that are expected to drive the market demand for oblique aerial imaging solutions in the region. In applications where viewing side-views of man-made structures is critical, oblique aerial images are ideally used.

Increasing benefits of geospatial mapping for land management to spur the industry progression in China

Aerial Imaging Market Size

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In China, geospatial mapping segment in the aerial imaging market is set to register 15% growth rate through 2027. Geospatial analysis involves applying statistical analysis along with other analytical techniques to the data, which has a geospatial or geographic aspect. Use of aerial imaging in geospatial mapping has been utilized on a large scale in the fields of planning, development, and management of national land across China. Surveying and mapping have increasingly become critical technologies for the efficient development and management of national land in the region. In China, the industry demand is backed up by various government initiatives. The widespread use of drones by the Chinese government has contributed to the country’s economic growth.

Rising affinity toward precision farming to promote regional growth across the France agriculture & forestry market

In France, the agriculture and forestry segment captured 10% of aerial imaging market share in 2020. The country has been witnessing a steady spike in the use of aerial imaging for precision farming. Companies offering aerial imaging services in the region deliver high-resolution spectral imagery as a service. Data insights including identification of nutrient deficiencies, detection of pests & diseases, identification of irrigation system issues, and advanced analytics can be captured through modern aerial imaging solutions for agricultural applications.

Matured regulatory framework and increased transparency in financial reporting will expand the industry growth in Europe region

Europe Aerial Imaging Market

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Europe aerial imaging market is estimated to attain a CAGR of over 10% up to 2027. The Europe region is characterized by the acceptance of commercial drones in the defense, agriculture, disaster management, and energy sectors, which are slated to improve the accuracy of aerial surveys and will effectively stimulate the regional demand.

The major players in this region are forming various strategic partnerships and collaborations to further strengthen their leadership in the market. Countries including Germany & the Netherlands are amongst the leading users of drone technologies and the expeditious usage of aerial imagery in the energy industry has strengthened Europe’s revenue share.

A dynamic transition toward high accuracy aerial imaging solutions to become a key market differentiator

Some of the key companies operating in the aerial imaging market are 3D Robotics, AeroVironment, Inc., Airobotics, Cooper Aerial Surveys Co., Cyberhawk Innovations Limited, Digital Aerial Solutions, LLC, DJI, DroneDeploy (Infatics Incorporation), EagleView Technologies, Inc., Fugro N.V., GeoVantage, Inc., Getmapping PLC, High Eye Aerial Imaging, Google, Inc., Hoverfly Technologies, Inc., Kucera International, Inc., Landiscor Real Estate Mapping, Nearmap Ltd., Parrot SA, PrecisionHawk,  Sky-Watch A/S, and Yuneec International.

The global market remains highly fragmented with leading players, such as DJI, Google, AeroVironment & Fugro, holding a major chunk of the industry. Prominent leaders operating in the market are placing an ever-growing emphasis on incorporating advanced capabilities in their imaging platforms through modern analytics and image processing solutions. Such solutions are enabling customers to derive images/maps with a diverse range of parameters useful in various applications such as agriculture, energy resource assessment & management, and environmental conservation & research.

The aerial imaging market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

Market, By Platform

  • Fixed-wing Aircraft
  • Helicopter
  • UAV/Drone

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
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia & New Zealand (ANZ)
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • Israel
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Smriti Loomba

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market size of aerial imaging was worth USD 2 billion in 2020 and will observe a CAGR of around 15% up to 2027 driven by the rising technological advancements in aerial imaging cameras.

Aerial photography is employed in cartography, land-use planning, archaeology, movie production, environmental studies, espionage, commercial advertising, conveyancing, and other fields.

Geospatial mapping applications in China is slated to record a growth rate of more than 15% through 2027 owing to the large scale adoption of geospatial mapping in the planning, development, and management of national land.

The Europe market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of over 10% through 2027 owing to the growing adoption of commercial drones in the defense, agriculture, disaster management, and energy sectors.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 21
  • Tables & Figures: 329
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 300

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