Drone Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting Drone statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

On December 20, 2018, a number of flights at London’s Gatwick Airport were delayed due to drone activity over the airfield.


Projected number of drones in the US by 2020:

7 million

Last updated 3/26/16


Percentage of drone crashes that are caused by technical errors:

64%

Last updated 8/24/16


Number of drones Disney used for their 2016 Disney Springs Christmas light show:

300


Projected number of small, hobbyist drones in use by 2021:

3.5 million 

Last updated 3/27/17


Percentage of Americans that own a drone:

8%

Last updated 12/19/17


Percentage of Americans that have seen a drone in action:

59%

Last updated 12/19/17


Total number of drones registered for commercial use:

20,000

Last updated 8/29/16


Percentage of Americans that are interested in drone deliveries:

47%

Last updated 1/2/17


Largest concern about drone deliveries among US internet users:

Theft Concerns (72%) and Damaged Packages (72%)

Last updated 1/27/17


Top industry using drones in the US:

Photography

Last updated 5/22/16


Second largest industry using drones in the US:

Real Estate

Last updated 5/22/16


Estimated number of drones shipped in 2015:

700,000 drones


Number of drones that have been registered with the FAA:

770,000 drones

Last updated 3/27/17


Estimated value of the drone industry:

$3.3 billion

Last updated 12/14/15


Projected size of the drone industry in 2020:

$13 billion

Last updated March 2017


Projected value of the drone industry by 2025:

$90 billion

Last updated 12/14/15


Size of the agricultural drone market:

$1.2 billion

Last updated 6/5/19


Projected size of the agricultural drone market b y 2024:

$4.8 billion

Last updated 6/5/19


Number of incidents between drones and manned aircraft in the U.S. that have resulted in the aircraft had to maneuver to avoid a collision:

28 incidents

Last updated 12/11/15


Number of times a pilot or air traffic controller in the U.S. has spotted a drone flying near the flight path of a manned aircraft:

594

Last updated 12/11/15


Number of close encounters between a manned aircraft and a drone that has involved a plane that could carry 50 passengers or more:

116 incidents

Last updated 12/11/15


Number of “close encounters” between drones and manned aircraft in the U.S.:

300 incidents

Last updated 12/11/15


Estimated number of Drones that will be shipped in 2017:

almost 3 million drones

Last updated 2/9/17


Estimated number of commercial drones in the air by 2018:

600,000

Last updated 8/29/16


Estimated number of drones that were purchased for Christmas 2015:

400,000 drones


Increase in drone sales form 2014-2015:

63%


Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These Drone stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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