Infographic | Drone Industry Survey Infographic


This timeline provides insights and milestones for each year of our drone industry survey. What began in 2018 as a European project has now evolved into the world’s leading drone industry survey about drone companies and by drone companies.

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  • Updated: August | 2023
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  • Want to learn more? Read our blog post about the results from our annual drone industry survey. Learn about some of the key insights describing the state of the industry in 2023. And if you want more, check out the full FREE white paper Drone Industry Barometer.


Our exclusive infographic provides a visual timeline of the achievements of the survey as well as some of the key insights from each year of the survey. The number of participants has steadily climbed with the exception of the pandemic years. This overlap highlights the fact that our survey closely follows and coincides with the events happening in the drone world. In other words: the survey is meant to track the state of the industry each and every year, and this is reflected in both the content of the survey as well as in the participation rates.

The content of the infographic provides value to both: drone industry professionals as well as those who are simply curious to learn more about commercial drones. The insights about drone use (application methods) and information about BIS (Business-Internal Services) as well as DSPs (Drone Service Providers) provide insights on what activities are carried out by either companies who use drones in-house (BIS) or by those who sell their services to other companies (DSPs). Moreover, understanding the most common drone application methods and the way these have changed every year is an important insight for business developers in order to forecast and determine which activities may be best for them to consider for their businesses.

To discuss more about drone applications, the drone market, regulatory standards, and national differences in 2023 or to inquire about tailored drone market research and what we can do for you, contact us.


This unique infographic summarizes the history of our annual drone industry survey. What began in 2018 as a European project has now become the world’s #1 drone industry survey, providing insights about drone companies and by drone companies themselves. The infographic features some bullet point insights about the results from each year’s survey, and it also includes a graph of the number of companies and countries that participated in each drone industry survey.

As the infographic shows, the first survey featured responses from 350 companies in 35 countries. This quickly evolved to 507 responses in twice as many countries (74) in the second edition of the survey in 2019. The third drone industry survey boasted a total of 697 responses (almost double the original two years before). However, the number of responses stagnated in the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, but then in 2022 the survey rose again to a total of 891 responses from 81 countries. Finally, in 2023, the global survey has surpassed the 1,000 mark and achieved 1,113 responses from 85 countries, making it the most comprehensive and widespread survey about the world of drones.

For more information about the survey results, read our blog post. Here is an excerpt from the blog:

“The Colombian drone market is characterized by a vibrant start-up ecosystem, with a majority of companies falling into the range of 1-10 employees or 11-50 employees. These agile and innovative companies are driving the growth of the industry in Colombia. While a significant portion of drone companies in Colombia are …”


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