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Unmanned Traffic Management Market - By Component (Hardware, Software, Services), By Type (Persistent, Non-persistent) By Application (Navigation Infrastructure, Surveillance Infrastructure Communication Infrastructure), By End Use & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5767
  • Published Date: May 2023
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Unmanned Traffic Management Market Size

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market size valued at USD 1 Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a 15% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. Driven by a network of industry stakeholders including drone manufacturers, UTM service providers, air traffic controllers, and government agencies. Standardization efforts and commercial cooperation contribute to the development of interoperable UTM systems and provide a good approach to UAV operations in the region.

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) refers to the methods & technologies developed to control Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones operating in the air. It includes the integration of drones into the existing air systems, drone coordination, and the creation of rules & regulations for safety and efficiency.

The proliferation of UAVs raises concerns about privacy invasion and potential security threats. UTM systems need to address these concerns by establishing guidelines for data collection, storage, and usage. Cybersecurity measures need to be implemented to protect UTM systems from unauthorized access and potential threats. These factors can hinder market growth.

Unmanned Traffic Management Market Trends

The growing demand for drones in commercial applications is augmenting the market. The rising applications in aerial photography, surveillance, package delivery, infrastructure inspection, and agriculture industries have led to an increased number of drones operating in the air. With the increasing number of drones being deployed across various industries, the need for traffic management & coordination becomes critical to ensure safety and efficiency. The UTM system combines real-time monitoring, maintenance, and collision avoidance technology. These systems track the movements of commercial drones, monitor flight paths, and check for potential conflicts or problems with other drones. UTM systems provide real-time status information, allowing operators to avoid accidents and safely separate drones from pilots’ aircraft.

Unmanned Traffic Management Market Analysis

 Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market Size, By Component,

Based on the component, the unmanned traffic management market is segmented into hardware, software, and services. The software segment will hold a significant share. UAM software provides real-time information about all drones in flight and informs pilots of restricted & unrestricted weather conditions. The increasing demand for unmanned vehicles and growing drone purchases by China, India, the U.S., and other countries for various commercial and military uses are driving segment growth. High investments in developing the best solutions for transportation planning will propel market growth.

The software provides soldiers with visual intelligence and real-time information to make decisions on the battlefield. ANRA Technologies, OneSky, and Collins Aerospace have developed software platforms to plan & disrupt drone operations. Therefore, the surging demand for drones and increased spending on advanced UTM software development are expected to offer significant market growth opportunities.

Based on type, the persistent segment captured about 70% of the unmanned traffic management market share in 2022. Persistent UTM systems provide continuous and real-time monitoring & control of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) throughout their flight operations, especially for long-haul flights or missions. These systems use tracking technologies, such as radar, Automatic Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), and other solutions to monitor the exact position, altitude, speed, and flight time. The demand for continuous UTM solutions is led by the rising demand for UAV operations that require longer flight times including surveillance, search, and rescue operations. The UTM system consistently ensures the success of these long-term projects by providing time tracking, flight planning, and location tracking capabilities.

- Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market Share, By Application,

Based on application, the unmanned traffic management market is divided into navigation infrastructure, communication infrastructure, surveillance infrastructure, and others. The communication infrastructure segment expanded about 20% CAGR in 2022. Communication infrastructure is essential to create an efficient & secure communication system in the UTM ecosystem. It supports real-time information exchange, coordination of drone operations, integration with ATC systems, and compliance with communication standards & procedures. Strong & reliable communication is necessary for the safe & efficient management of drones in common airspaces. The main factor fueling this segment is the need to develop communication networks to meet the increasing data exchange and connectivity needs between drones, stations, UTM service providers, and other stakeholders.

U.S. Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market Size,

North America held approximately 40% of the unmanned traffic management market share in 2022. This growth is credited to the high number of UAVs, increased R&D investments, and the rising use of drones in military applications. According to NASA, over 873,000 drones were predicted to be registered to fly in the U.S. by 2021. Also, in May 2022, Walmart partnered with DroneUp for drone deployments at 34 locations in six states in the U.S.

Furthermore, In October 2022, the U.S. Border Patrol purchased more than USD 1 million worth of tracking and surveillance drones from Red Cat’s subsidiary, Teal Drones. Thus, the increasing demand for UAVs in commercial and military applications will create a huge demand for UTM systems.

Unmanned Traffic Management Market Share

The major companies operating in the unmanned traffic management market include

  • Airbus SE
  • AirMap Inc.
  • Altitude Angel Limited
  • Droniq GmbH
  • Frequentis
  • Intelligent Automation (IAI)
  • Leonardo S.P.A.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Nova Systems
  • OneSky Technology Pte. Ltd.
  • Precisionhawk Inc.
  • Terra Drone Corporation
  • Thales
  • Unifly NV

Unmanned Traffic Management Industry News:

  • In February 2022, OneSky, an unmanned aircraft systems traffic management service provider, signed an agreement with Australian Aviation Services to develop a working model of the Flight Information Management System (FIMS) for the UTM network.
  • In December 2021, DroneUp, an aerospace technology provider, acquired AirMap Inc., a digital airspace and automation company. AirMap provides UTM services to support DroneUp's pilot network and ground infrastructure. The company's UTM service provides flight information for up to 100,000 international flights per day.

This unmanned traffic management market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Component

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

By Type

  • Persistent
  • Non-persistent

By Application

  • Navigation infrastructure
  • Surveillance infrastructure
  • Communication infrastructure
  • Others

By End Use

  • Commercial
  • Government

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • ANZ
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • South Africa                                                         


Authors: Suraj Gujar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market valuation of unmanned traffic management was worth more than USD 1 billion in 2022 and is projected to record around 15% CAGR between 2023 and 2032 driven by a network of industry stakeholders, such as drone manufacturers, UTM service providers, air traffic controllers, and government agencies.

The UTM software segment is set to record robust growth from 2023 to 2032 attributed to increasing product demand for various commercial and military applications.

North America held over 40% of the unmanned traffic management industry share in in 2022 and is expected to grow notably through 2032 owing to high R&D investments and the increasing use of drones in military applications.

Airbus SE, AirMap Inc., Altitude Angel Limited, Droniq GmbH, Frequentis, Intelligent Automation (IAI), Leonardo S.P.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Nova Systems, OneSky Technology Pte. Ltd., Precisionhawk Inc., Terra Drone Corporation, Thales, and Unifly NV.

Unmanned Traffic Management Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
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