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Global Statistics Representing UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market Scenario

UAV-based technologies are witnessing significant growth not only in the military but in other commercial sectors such as retail, delivery and transport, construction, and agriculture, among others. For instance, in January 2019, the e-commerce giant Amazon unveiled its new drone as a part of its ‘Prime Air Programme’ initiative. This drone is designed with an aim to scale the company’s delivery network efficiently. However, for technologies such as drones to become valuable and integrated contributors to any industry vertical, a significant amount of time and investment is required in R&D.

The technology is at its nascent stage and cost around USD 2,000–USD 3,000 (consumer and commercial); thus, it demands cautiousness to avoid untimely crashes and malfunctions during operation. UAV parachute recovery systems ensure smooth functioning, especially during the landing process.

The global market for UAV parachute recovery systems was valued at USD 96.73 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% in the forecast period 2019-2026.

Global-UAV-Parachute-Recovery-Systems-MarketCommercial Segment

Drones have effectively disrupted operating models and businesses in key sectors such as urban development, traffic management, forest and wildlife, and healthcare, among others. The table below briefly explains the applications of drone technology in prominent industrial verticals.

Commercial-SegmentThe expanding applications of drones in commercial areas have also broadened the associated concerns, which include monetary risks and risks to civilians in the case of accidents. UAV parachute recovery systems play a vital role in mitigating these concerns, and thus, the future prospects for market growth are pegged to remain positive.

Military Segment

The use of drones in the military was traditionally limited to policing and surveillance. According to a study conducted by Goldman Sachs, the military segment holds an approx. 70% share in the overall drone market, followed by commercial and consumer or recreational applications. Military drones are available in various sizes and classified as class I, class II, and class III (based on weight); the selection of the size varies with the mission or project. Differentiation in sizes results in several environmental concerns such as accidents, operational disturbances in taking off or landing, and mid-flight disturbances. The deployment of emergency recovery systems such as parachutes is helpful in such scenarios.

Fixed Wing Segment

A fixed-wing UAV consists of one rigid wing such as that of a traditional airplane, and a large fraction of the required lift during take-offs is created by the wing, making it more efficient than other UAV types. Fixed-wing UAVs are inclined to fly with high speed, cover a wide range of areas regardless of wind conditions, and incorporate an average flight time of about a minimum of two hours to a maximum of 16 hours if the drone is powered by a gas engine. They find widespread applications in the military as they often used as an alternative to manned flight in risky situations.

Rotary Wing Segment

A rotary-wing UAV, also known as a multi-rotor wing UAV, is constructed of a central body and multiple rotors (a minimum of four rotors and a maximum of six to eight rotors) that power flight. These UAVs offer greater maneuverability and are compact and easy to use as compared to traditional fixed-wing UAVs. These benefits make them ideal for application in commercial activities such as aerial photography, video aerial inspection, construction, leisure, and agriculture.

Stringent Regulatory Framework Drives Market Growth in North America

With the application of UAV drones being widened from military to commercial purposes, several new risk exposures such as crash incidents are emerging. More such exposures are likely to occur with the introduction of regulations that would encourage the more widespread use of drones, resulting in multi-million dollar claims against operators, manufacturers, and associated businesses.

Drone-Crashes-by-year

Figure 1: Drone Crashes by year

The above graph depicts the U.S. holding a significant share in drone crash incidents compared to other countries, namely Germany, the U.K., China, and Saudi Arabia, in the year 2014–2015. However, a considerable decline has been observed during 2016–2018 in the number of crashes, primarily on account of the regulations introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2016 under Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107). This regulation directs drone pilots to operate UAV drones within visual sight and design drones equipped with anti-collision measures such as lights and rescue systems.

Increasing Number of Drones Used for Private and Commercial Purposes Drive UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market Growth in Europe

Drone technology is bringing in growth opportunities for countries such as Germany, the U.K., and France in Europe, which is a result of the increasing number of drones that are currently operating for private and commercial use. According to the German Aviation Association, currently, about 500,000 drones operate in Germany, of which about 455,000 are privately operated drones used for surveying, mapping, filming, photography, and inspection while a mere 19,000 drones are used for commercial purposes.

China to Spearhead Growth of UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market in Asia-Pacific

On account of a sharp increase in the applications of drones internationally, developing countries such as China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and India are incorporating drone technology in their industrial verticals. For instance, China is moving towards UAV systems to deal with several domestic problems. Some of the cases where drone technology is being applied in China are:

  • In 2013, China used drones designed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing Applications to image earthquake-stricken areas in Lushan
  • The Ministry of Environmental Protection uses drones to monitor industrial polluters in Hebei, Shanxi, and Beijing
  • SF Express, one of the major delivery service provider company, is experimenting with drones for package delivery, with the permission of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) government

These instances depict that the commercial use of UAV drones is expanding dramatically in China and simultaneously fostering opportunities for UAV parachute recovery systems as technical concerns regarding payload can hamper operations, leading to higher accidental risks.

Similarly, the drone market in Japan is estimated to grow profoundly in the coming years on account of growing applications in the commercial segment. According to a study conducted by the European Union–Japan Centre in 2016, the drone market for Japan was valued at about USD 28 million (2016) and will grow to an approx. of 930 million by 2030.

Developments in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia to Drive UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market Growth in South America

Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia are developing their own drones and have considerably expanded programs associated with them. For instance, the Corporación Industrial Aeronáutica Colombiana (CINAC), a local weapons company, introduced ‘Iris,’ a home-built drone, in 2016. The drone is designed to reach a height of approx. 8,000 feet and features optic sensors. Similarly, in 2014, the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) drafted plans to team up with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI), a South Korean company, to manufacture mutually transferring kinetic technology (KT).

Smart City Initiatives to Drive UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market Growth in the Middle East & Africa

With the concept of smart cities taking roots in Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, technological progress continues to reach exponential heights. Components such as intelligent systems, autonomous transport, drones managing delivery & managing traffic, and robots collecting and processing data in real-time are pictured when talking about smart cities. Initiatives focusing on smart cities would certainly increase the application of drone technology and associated markets such as that of UAV parachute recovery systems to meet the safety and security demand.

Key Players

There is intense competition among notable vendors in the global UAV parachute recovery systems market. Some of the prominent players in the global UAV parachute recovery systems market are Indemnis, Fruity Chutes, Butler Parachute Systems, Inc., ParaZero Drone Safety Systems Ltd., Galaxy GRS, Drone Rescue Systems GmbH, Skycat, and Mars Parachutes.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2019, ParaZero Limited announced to comply with Slovenia’s UAS regulations with its SafeAir system fitted to the DJI Phantom 4 drone
  • In December 2018, Drone Rescue Systems GmbH developed an intelligent parachute rescue system with a focus on reliable, autonomous crash detection for DJI’s drone model ‘DJI M600’
  • In August 2018, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center signed a contract with Butler Parachute Systems Inc. worth USD 41,200,000 for the manufacturing & delivery of commercial-off-the-shelf back-mounted parachutes to be used for the purpose of low-speed bailout
  • In April 2018, Fruity Chutes Introduced Parachute Launcher of DJI Mavic Pro with following Features:
    • Lightweight, High-Efficiency Annular Parachute
    • Automatic Trigger System (ATS) Failsafe Automatically Detects Drone Failure
    • Independent Power Source
    • Light System Mounts around the Center of the Mavic
  • In February 2016, Indemnis completed its ASTM Certification in Rome and New York in Alliance with Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) association

UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market Segmentation

By Application

  • Commercial
  • Military

By UAV

  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing

By Region

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • U.K.
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

LATAM

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Columbia
  • Rest of LATAM

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East

Africa

  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Indemnis, Fruity Chutes, Butler Parachute Systems, Inc., ParaZero Drone Safety Systems Ltd., Galaxy GRS, Drone Rescue Systems GmbH, Skycat are the top players in UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market.
The global market for UAV parachute recovery systems was valued at USD 96.73 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% in the forecast period 2019-2026.
Commercial Application Segment is expected to be leading segment in UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market during the forecast period.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market.
Increasing Number of Drones Used for Private and Commercial Purposes are the key factors expected to drive UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market during the forecast period.
In 2019 Global UAV Parachute Recovery Systems Market was valued at USD 96.73 million.
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