The sky is the limit!


Drones have grown immensely in recent years, starting with hobbyists and military use. Now they’re coming to impact businesses, to change the way that we work and to help improve our lives


A drone (otherwise referred to as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are technically defined as any aircraft without a pilot onboard. A commercial drone is a subcategory of a drone that’s used for commercial purposes. For example Amazon’s prime air service (shown on the right) which plans to deliver packages through commercial drones. There are other types of drones such as those used by the military and those used personally by hobbyists. My study will focus on commercial drones, their economic impacts and the regulations that surround them.

There are various industries that will be impacted by commercial drones at one point or another. How much of an impact they have or when they start to have an impact depends heavily on the development of drone technology and regulations that limit drones.

In the next 10 years the most impacted industries by commercial drones will be:

  • Agriculture

  • Mining

  • Public Services

  • Film Production and News Media

  • Construction

As well as mapping although that is considered as a sort of sub industry therefore I haven't mentioned it in the list above