Infographic | Drone News in 2021


Our Drone News in 2021 infographic shows the Google trends line for the term “drone”. In addition, there are several highlights of some of the major headlines that spread all around the globe, such as drone shows in Scotland, volcano eruption captured by drone in Iceland, the latest on drone regulation, passenger drone companies entering stock markets, and investments for delivery drone and counter-drone companies (among others).

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  • Want to learn more? Read our blog post about the drone news in 2021 as well as the lessons that can be drawn and carried into 2022.


The greatest benefit of understanding drone news in 2021 comes from both the trend line and the individual highlights. The Google Trends line shows the popularity of the search term “drone” which often times also suggests that drones are being discussed in society. In other words, drones making headlines can lead to people searching for the term and increasing the popularity of these headlines even further. This increase in attention also helps drones enter new industries and find new applications which help companies increase their efficiency and profits.

Additionally, the content of these headlines is also important. Drone news in 2021 were largely dominated by drone delivery. One year after the breakout of the coronavirus pandemic, it seems plenty of drone companies found ways to adapt and take advantage of opportunities, with the biggest winners being drone deliveries. Several of these companies made headlines related to either hefty investments or milestones being reached. Aside from deliveries, there were still plenty of other major headlines ranging from entertainment (drone shows and videos) to air mobility and regulation.

In conjunction with the trend line, these topics reveal the reason why drones made headlines throughout the year, which is valuable information for those looking for opportunities to enter the drone market or find a partner drone company. Those looking to start a drone business and/or find business partners can benefit from all of this data along with our other infographics to form a more complete picture of where the drone market is and where it may be headed.

To discuss the more about the big players in the drone market, regulatory standards, more detailed data about the drone market in 2021 or tailored drone market research and what we can do for you, contact us.


Our infographic shows the drone news in 2021 by displaying the Google trend line for “drone” throughout the year. The graphic also shows some of the key events that made major international headlines. The trend line for drone news in 2021 shows that searches peaked in late February and then even more towards the end of August and into September, they then experienced a drop during the months of October and November before climbing back up in December. In comparison to last year, there was a lower peak in the summer months, and a bigger dip at the start of autumn, yet the trend line recovered at the end of this year, whereas it dipped considerably at the end of last year.

In terms of individual headlines, many of the ones that stood out and were included in the graphic were: drone show in Scotland, FAA Remore ID rules in the US, volcano eruption drone video in Iceland, algorithms beating humans in a race, four passenger drones going public, and investments into various drone delivery and counter-drone companies. Though these were not the only or perhaps the most influential events for drone markets, they were the headlines that made their way around the globe and raised awareness about drones regardless of industry focus. In other words, they help establish drones as a part of society which is here to stay.

If you’re looking for more information on the drone news in 2021 as well as key takeaways, read our blog post. Here is an excerpt from the blog:

“As a concluding lesson for 2021, there’s the role of expectations. The news about DHL’s Parcelcopter and Amazon Prime Air, when analyzed in the context of all the investments towards Zipline and Flytrex (among others), suggest that companies are now more aware of both the potential and the limitations of drone delivery. In other words, expectations have become more realistic, and less influenced by hype.


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