Drone Transponders Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2016 to 2022: Highways in the Sky

The worldwide market for drone transponders is anticipated to start from nothing and reach $2.5 billion worldwide by 2022 growing in response to the need to prevent drone collisions, keep the highways in the sky safe, and manage routing of commercial drones.  Multiple applications drive market growth, most of all package delivery occurs out of line of sight.

The worldwide market for drone transponders is anticipated to start from nothing and reach $2.5 billion worldwide by 2022 growing in response to the need to prevent drone collisions, keep the highways in the sky safe, and manage routing of commercial drones.  Multiple applications drive market growth, most of all package delivery occurs out of line of sight.  Other applications for drone transponders are in consumer photography, lightweight commercial drones for real estate, the military, law enforcement, border control, homeland security, utility infrastructure surveillance, agriculture, aerial mapping, and package delivery.

Market Research announces that it has published a new study Drone Transponders: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2016 to 2022.  The 2016 study has 268 pages, 92 tables and figures.  Worldwide drone transponder markets are poised to achieve significant growth with the need to achieve protected airways.

The simplest way to protect against mid-air collisions is to require the use of ADS-B transponders on all aircraft.  Transponders can turn an uncooperative environment into a cooperative environment.

Transponders provide location and positioning information about smart commercial drones.  These drones have a computer inside, they are easy to fly, remotely maneuverable, have a camera, and contain sensor logic.  Smart drones are evolving computer driven collision avoidance technology making the flying more reliable.

Remote operation occurs in the context of a workflow and sensors.  Cameras are improving dramatically to permit management of video and picture taking that is realistic and detailed.  Drone actuators, drone transponders, are needed to support drone package delivery.  This is a huge new market that speeds economic development, makes it easier for the middle class to both work, and purchase lifestyle items and food efficiently.

Drones based on aerial robotic platform technology can be used to make deliveries to each person’s home, landing on the back doorstep, leaving packages in a locked box.  The drone package delivery technology has reached a level of maturity that bodes well for market development.  Drone systems are mature enough to be at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing.

Dronecode is an independently funded software project that harnesses the power of collaborative development.  The aim is to fuel innovation across drone industries and ecosystems.  Dronecode Foundation is a nonprofit organization working on a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  Dronecode brings together existing and future open source UAV software projects.

APM UAV software platform was developed by 3DRobotics.  1,200 developers are working on Dronecode’s six projects focused on maximizing adoption of the project’s cost-effective, reliable and technologically advanced UAV software.

Micro-Avionix has an ultra-lightweight low cost ADS-B transponder for UAS.  Micro-Avionix has developed an ADS-B suitable for UAVs of all sizes to improve flying safety for all.  The ping™ is a family of ultralight weight, low cost, ADS-B transponders.

Weights range from 1.5 to 30 grams, delivering a variety of types of performance.   The ping2020™, for instance, is capable of IN on both 1090ES and 978UAT, and OUT on 978UAT.  The products are fully compliant with the minimum performance standards of DO-282B Class A1S.  Micro-Avionix has developed an ADS-B suitable for UAVs of all sizes to The ping™ is among the world’s first families of ultralight weight, low cost, ADS-B transponders.

Transponder and sense and avoid technology sponsorship by Sagetech, L-3 Aviation Products, FreeFlight, Micro-Avionix, Google, Trig, DJI, and Intel has been effective.  Development by

Dronecode application ecosystem provides huge advances in drone real-time sense and avoid behavior.  An open source collaboration is expected to accelerate deployable solutions for agile and reliable operation in the national airspace.  The open source platform has been adopted by many organizations on the forefront of drone technology:  3DRobotics, Parrot, Qualcomm, Intel, DroneDeploy, Yuneec, Airphrame, and others.

With 750,000 users and 500 active developers the open source code initiative represents a compelling community of professionals and enthusiasts is able to support active improvements in control of airspace and improvement in flying safety for all.  The alliance has worked on development standardization and software module interoperability.

According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, “Use of drone transponders represents a key milestone in provision of value to the airborne package delivery industry.  Customized cameras are used to supplement GPS navigation, acting as eyes of the drone, permitting package delivery everywhere.  Digital controls will further automate flying, making ease of use and flight stability a reality.

New materials and new designs are bringing that transformation forward.  By furthering transponder innovation, continued growth is assured.”

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Table Of Content

Drone Transponder Highways in the Sky Executive
Summary 25
Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 25
Self-Regulation of Drones Using Transponders 29
Remote-Controlled Aircraft 32
Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 32
Drone Transponder Market Shares 34
Drone Transponder Market Forecasts 35

1. Drone Highways in the Sky: Market Description and Market Dynamics 37
1.1 UAS Regulatory Frameworks 37
1.1.1 ADS-B for Small Drones 38
1.2 Need for Drone Controlled Airspace 39
1.2.1 Transponder Control by Privately Owned Agency 40
1.2.2 Self-Regulation of Drones Using Transponders 42
1.2.3 Project Wing from Google Wants A Transponder Mandatory For All
Aircraft 44
1.3 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast ADS-B Transponder 47
1.3.1 QUICK LINKS 50
1.3.2 PRODUCTS 50
1.4 Google wants transponder in uncontrolled airspace 51
1.4.1 US FAA Commercial Drone Permits 55
1.5 Smart Commercial Drones 57
1.5.1 Smart Drones: Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Description 58
1.6 Drone Enhanced Capability and Payloads 59
1.6.1 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Enhanced Resilience 62
1.6.2 Small and Micro-UAS Drones 62

2. Drone Highways in the Sky Market Shares and Forecasts 63

2.1 Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 63
2.1.1 Self-Regulation of Drones Using Transponders 67
2.1.2 Dronecode Platform 69
2.1.3 Remote-Controlled Aircraft 69
2.1.4 Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 70
2.2 Drone Transponder Leading Market Participants 71
2.2.1 Sagetech 72
2.2.2 L-3 Aviation Products 73
2.2.3 FreeFlight 74
2.2.4 UAvionix 74
2.2.5 Google Low-Cost ADSB Transponders 74
2.2.6 Trig Design And Engineering 75
2.2.7 Intel Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity 75
2.2.8 Dedrone 76
2.2.9 ISMAR / Fortem 77
2.2.10 DJI 77
2.2.11 microadsb.com 78
2.3 Drone Transponder Market Forecasts 78
2.3.1 Drone Aerial Systems Market Forecasts 81
2.3.2 Drone Market Segment Applications 83
2.3.3 Drone Aerial Systems by Sector, Military, Agriculture, Oil and Gas,
Border Patrol, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Disaster Response, Package
Delivery, Photography, Videography, Dollars 84
2.4 Commercial Drone Transponder Prices and Drone Issues 87
2.4.1 RELATED PRODUCTS 90
2.5 ADS-B In Receivers 91
2.5.1 $300 Transponder Units For CAA UK Approval 92
2.5.2 Drone Issues Beyond Line Of Sight 93
2.6 Drone Transponder Regional Market Segment Analysis 95

3. Drone Transponder Highways in the Sky Product Description 96
3.1 Google Low-Cost ADSB Transponders 96
3.1.1 Google’s Vision 97
3.1.2 Autonomous Drones Airspace: Private Agency Control 98
3.1.3 Google Has Started Development of A Transponder 98
3.1.4 Google Mesh Networks 99
3.2 Sagetech 100
3.2.1 Sagetech ADS-B for Small Drones 105
3.2.2 Sagetech Transponders Shrinking To Meet FAA Drone Demands 107
3.3 Microadsb.com 108
3.3.1 UgCS Compatible with ADS-B Receivers 110
3.4 L-3 Aviation Products 110
3.4.1 L-3 NXT-600™ / NXT-800™ 111
3.4.2 L-3 Upgrade to ADS-B Out 112
3.4.3 L-3 SafeRoute® 112
3.5 FreeFlight 113
3.5.1 FreeFlight Systems and CMD Flight Solutions 113
3.5.2 CMD Flight Solutions 114
3.6 Airogisitic 114
3.7 General Atomics Drone Friend or Foe Identification (IFF) Transponders 115
3.8 Trig 116
3.8.1 Trig TT31 Mode S ADS-B Capable Transponder 116
3.9 Lynx 120
3.9.1 Pilot Nightmare: Entering a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Airspace
122
3.10 Stratus 123
3.10.1 Stratus Esg Transponder 124
3.11 Rockwell Collins 125
3.12 Bendix 130
3.13 Garmin 133
3.14 MarcusUAV Medium Range 2.4Ghz Tracking Antenna 134
3.14.1 Marcus UAV 135
3.15 I-Laps Transponder for FPV Multi-rotors 136
3.16 Intel 137
3.16.1 Intel Realsense Cameras And Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity
137
3.16.2 Ascending Technologies AscTec Firefly 139
3.16.3 Drone: Asctec Firefly with Intel Realsense 139
3.16.4 Ascending Technologies and Intel Collaboration to Develop Drone
Collision Avoidance Technology 140
3.16.5 Ascending Technologies Asctec Firefly / Intel RealSense Camera 141
3.16.6 Intel Realsense Cameras and Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity
142
3.16.7 AscTec Falcon 8 143
3.17 UAvionix 143
3.18 Follow Me Drones 144
3.19 Textron Systems Homeland Security 146
3.19.1 Nano Air Vehicle 149
3.20 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS 150
3.20.1 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System 151
3.20.2 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 System 152
3.20.3 Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System
Features 153
3.20.4 Denel Dynamics Hungwe UAS 156
3.21 IMSAR LLC Collision-Avoidance Radar Systems 157
3.22 Civilian UAV’s – Rover Systems 157
3.23 CPI-406 Deployable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) 158
3.23.1 Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set (DFIRS) 159
3.23.2 Airborne Separation Video System (ASVS) 159
3.23.3 Airborne Separation Video System – Remote Sensor (ASVS – RS) 159
3.24 DJI 160
3.24.1 DJI Guidance Approach 161
3.25 Dedrone 161

4. Drone Highways in the Sky Transponder Research and Technology 163
4.1 Lloyd’s Register Chief Technology Officer Guidance Notes 163
4.1.1 Lloyd’s Register Foundation Unlocking Further Potential 166
4.1.2 Lloyd’s Register First Phase Of Its Guidance Notes For Drones 167
4.2 Drone Software Technology / UgCS 168
4.2.1 DJI 171
4.2.2 3DRobotics 172
4.2.3 Lockheed Martin 173
4.2.4 Mikrokopter 174
4.2.5 Micropilot 175
4.2.6 Microdrones 176
4.2.7 Parrot 177
4.3 Transponder Technology 177
4.4 Drone Regulation 178
4.4.1 Separating The Hobbyist Industry From The Commercial Drone industry
A Challenge 181
4.4.2 Drone Test Sites Selected by the FAA 183
4.4.3 Drone Exemptions 185
4.4.4 FAA Plans Final Regulation on Commercial Drone Use by Mid-2016 186
4.4.5 US FAA Commercial Drone Permits 187
4.5 Unmanned Aerial Systems Payloads 188
4.5.1 Composites Key to Utility 189
4.5.2 Military Drone Technology 189
4.5.3 Military Systems Interoperability 193
4.5.4 Drone Operational Benefits of Autonomy 194
4.5.5 Drone Operational Benefits of Autonomy 196

5. Drone Highways in the Sky Company Profiles 197
5.1 Airogistic 197
5.2 Amazon 198
5.3 Denel Dynamics 200
5.4 DJI 201
5.4.1 DJI Revenue Demonstrates Leadership Position 203
5.5 Dronecode 206
5.6 FreeFlight 206
5.6.1 FreeFlight Systems and CMD Flight Solutions Complete ADS-B Out AML
STC for Part 25 207
5.7 Fortem 209
5.8 Garmin 212
5.8.1 Garmin Global Positioning System 214
5.8.2 Garmin Aviation 215
5.8.3 Garmin Transponder Solutions 215
5.8.4 Garmin UAT-Based ADS-B Solutions – 216
5.9 Google 216
5.9.1 Google Robotic Division 220
5.9.2 Google Self-Driving Car 220
5.9.3 Google Cars Address Vast Majority Of Vehicle Accidents Due To Human
Error 222
5.9.4 Google Business 223
5.9.5 Google Corporate Highlights 224
5.9.6 Google Search 225
5.10 IMSAR LLC 226
5.10.1 IMSAR Announces Sale of Detect and Avoid Radar Technology to
Fortem Technologies – Product Available from Fortem in July 2016 228
5.11 Intel 229
5.11.1 Intel Company Strategy 232
5.11.2 Intel Realsense Cameras And Ascending Technologies’ Asctec Trinity
234
5.11.3 Intel Capital 235
5.12 I-Lap Timing Systems 236
5.13 Knorr-Bremse Group / Bendix 237
5.13.1 Bendix 237
5.14 L-3 Communication 238
5.14.1 L3 Communications 238
5.14.2 L-3 Aerospace Systems 240
5.14.3 L-3 Electronic Systems 240
5.14.4 L-3 Communication Systems 240
5.14.5 L-3 National Security Solutions 240
5.14.6 L-3 Revenue by Segment 241
5.14.7 L-3 Communication / Lynx 242
5.15 MarcusUAV 244
5.16 UAvionix 244
5.16.1 Access to the Dronecode Application Ecosystem Open Source Platform
245
5.17 MMist 246
5.17.1 MMIST Sherpatm Guided Parachute System 246
5.17.2 MMIST SnowGoosetm CQ-10A Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) 247
5.18 Northrop Grumman 247
5.18.1 Northrop Grumman Revenue 248
5.18.2 Northrop Grumman Remotec 253
5.18.3 Northrop Grumman Leading Global Security Company 254
5.18.4 Northrop Grumman Supplies Marine Navigation Equipment 256
5.18.5 Northrop Grumman Recognized by UK Ministry of Defense for Role in
Supporting Sentry AWACS Aircraft During Military Operations in Libya 257
5.18.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation Subsidiary Remotec Inc. upgrade the
U.S. Air Force fleet of Andros HD-1 257
5.18.7 Northrop Grumman NAV CANADA Supplier 258
5.19 Rockwell Collins 259
5.20 Sagetech Corporation 261
5.21 Textron 263
5.22 Trig Avionics 266
5.22.1 Trig Design And Engineering 267


List Of Figure

Figure 2-1 27

Parrot S.A. Bebop Commercial Drone 27

Figure 2-2 28

Parrot S.A. Bebop Commercial Drone Controller 28

Table ES-3 31

Self-Regulation of Drones Using Transponders Benefits 31

Table ES-4 33

Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 33

Table ES-5 34

Likely Leading Participants in Drone Transponders 34

Table 2- 36

Drone Transponder Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 36

Table 1-1 38

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight BVLOS Component Systems 38

Figure 1- 41

Drone Needs Transponder for Identification 41

Table 1- 43

Drone Transponder Self-Regulation Benefits 43

Figure 2- 45

Drone Package Delivery: Amazon Prime Air 45

Figure 2- 46

Drone Package Delivery 46

Figure 1- 47

Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast ADS-B Transponder 47

Figure 2-84 56

DJI Share of FAA Drone Operations Exceptions 56

Table 1-1 61

Ability Of Commercial Drones To Perform Delivery Function 61

Figure 2-1 65

Parrot S.A. Bebop Commercial Drone 65

Figure 2-2 66

Parrot S.A. Bebop Commercial Drone Controller 66

Table 2-3 68

Self-Regulation of Drones Using Transponders Benefits 68

Table 2-4 70

Drone Transponder Market Driving Forces 70

Table 2-5 71

Likely Leading Participants in Drone Transponders 71

Figure 2-6 73

Sagetech ADS-B In/Out Transponder 73

Table 2-7 79

Drone Transponder Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 79

2016-2022 79

Table 2-8 80

Drone Transponder Aerial Systems Market Forecasts and Market Penetration,

Units and Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 80

Figure 2-9 81

Drone Aerial Systems Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 81

Table 2-10 82

Drone Aerial Systems Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 82

2016-2022 82

Table 2-11 82

Drone Aerial Systems Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2016-2022 82

Table 2-12 83

Drone Market Segment Applications 83

Table 2-13 85

Drone Aerial Systems by Sector, Military, Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Border Patrol,

Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Disaster Response, Package Delivery,

Photography, Videography, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 85

Table 2-14 93

Drone Issues Beyond Line Of Sight 93

Figure 2-15 95

Drone Robot Aerial Systems Vehicle (UAS) Regional Market Segments, Dollars,

2015 95

Figure 3-1 101

Sagetech-XP-Family-Transponder Size 101

Table 3-2 102

Sagetech Transponder Features 102

Figure 3-3 103

Sagetech-XP-Family-Transponder 103

Figure 3-4 103

Sagetech Target Markets 103

Figure 3-5 104

Sagetech-XP-Family-Transponder Specifications 104

Table 3-6 109

Microadsb Wireless Receiver Features 109

Figure 3-7 116

Trig TT31 Mode S ADS-B Capable Transponder 116

Table 3-8 117

Trig TT31 Features: 117

Figure 3-9 119

Trig Transponders 119

Figure 3-10 120

Lynx Mode S transponder 120

Figure 3-11 121

Lynx NGT-9000 Transponder Quick Features 121

Figure 3-12 122

Transponder Controls Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) airspace 122

Figure 3-13 123

Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPad 123

Figure 3-14 124

Stratus Esg Transponder 124

Table 3-15 125

Stratus ESG Transponder Features 125

Figure 3-16 126

Rockwell Collins Transponders 126

Table 3-17 127

Rockwell Collins’ TDR-94D Transponder Key Features 127

Table 3-18 128

Rockwell Collins’ TDR-94D Transponder Key Benefits 128

Figure 3-19 129

Rockwell Collins TDR-94-94D Mode S Transponder 129

Figure 3-20 130

Bendix / King Kt 74 Ads-B Mode S Transponder 130

Table 3-21 131

Bendix / King Kt 74 ADS-B Mode S Transponder Benefits 131

Table 3-22 132

Bendix / King Kt 74 ADS-B Mode S Transponder Functions 132

Table 3-23 133

Garmin GTX 345 Transponder 133

Figure 3-24 137

I-Laps Drone Transponder 137

Figure 3-25 144

UAvionix ADS-B suitable for UAVs of All Sizes 144

Table 3-26 146

Textron Systems Global Observer System Homeland Security Functions 146

Table 3-27 148

Textron Systems Global Observer Features 148

Figure 3-28 149

Nano Air Advanced Development Aircraft: 149

Figure 3-29 150

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS 150

Table 3-30 152

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 Features 152

Table 3-31 152

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System Components:

152

Table 3-32 153

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 Multi-Mission, Multi-Role ISR System Features 153

Table 3-33 154

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System TCU System

Features 154

Table 3-34 155

Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS Multi-mission, Multi-role ISR System TCU System

Features 155

Figure 3-35 156

Denel Dynamics Hungwe UAS 156

Table 4-1 164

Lloyd’s Register Drone Technology Guidance Notes 164

Figure 4-2 169

UgCS Identification of Aircraft 169

Table 4-3 170

UgCS Supported Drones 170

Figure 4-4 171

DJI Drones Supported by UgCS 171

Figure 4-5 172

3DRobotics Drones Supported by UgCS 172

Figure 4-6 173

Lockheed Martin Drones Supported by UgCS 173

Figure 4-7 174

Mikrokopter Drones Supported by UgCS 174

Figure 4-8 175

Micropilot Drones Supported by UgCS 175

Figure 4-9 176

Microdrones Drones Supported by UgCS 176

Figure 4-10 177

Parrot Drones Supported by UgCS 177

Table 4-11 178

Drone Transponder Technology 178

4.4 Drone Regulation 178

Table 4-12 182

Drone Use Regulation Issues 182

Figure 4-13 183

Drone Test Sites Selected by the FAA 183

Table 4-14 184

Drone operator Responsibilities With a Section 333 exemption 184

Figure 4-15 185

FAA Drone Exemptions by Use Case 185

Figure 4-16 187

DJI Share of FAA Drone Operations Exceptions 187

Table 4-17 190

Military Drone Technology Key Requirements 190

Figure 4-18 191

US Military DISA Drone Architecture 191

Figure 4-19 192

Drone Operational Architecture 192

Table 5-1 198

Airogistic drone Endpoint Technology Applications 198

Figure 5-2 202

DJI Drone 202

Figure 5-3 205

DJI Phantom 205

Figure 5-4 210

Fortem Omnipresence 3D Airport Security Management Software 210

Table 5-5 211

Fortem Omnipresence 3D Airport Security Management Software 211

Table 5-6 214

Garmin Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Used: 214

Table 5-7 221

Google Autonomous Vehicles Technology 221

Figure 5-8 236

I-Laprc Drone Race Timing System Transponder 236

Table 5-9 239

L-3: Positioning 239

Table 5-10 248

Northrop Grumman Partner Of Choice 248

Figure 5-11 254

Northrop Grumman Systems Segments 254

Figure 5-12 255

Northrop Grumman Portfolio 255

Table 5-13 261

Rockwell Collins Core Competencies: 261

Table 5-14 264

Textron First Quarter 2015 Segment Results 264

Table 5-15 265

Textron Brands 265

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