Aerial Imaging Market

Aerial Imaging Market

Aerial Imaging Market Forecasts to 2028 – Global Analysis By Type (Drone Imagery, Infrared Radiation), Platform (Airships, Balloons, Fixed- Wing Aircraft), Offering (Hardware , Software) and By Geography

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Published: 2022 ID: SMRC21333

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2021)

US $2.62 BN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $7.51 BN

CAGR (2021 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

Asia Pacific

Highest Growing Market

North America

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Aerial Imaging Market is accounted for $2.62 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach $7.51 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 16.2% during the forecast period. Aerial imagining also denoted as aerial photography is the method of taking photographs from an aircraft or a flying object such as a drone. Different types of equipment or devices are used for aerial photography including fixed-wing aircraft, multi-rotor unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), helicopters, balloons, parachutes, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, vehicle-mounted poles, and stand-alone telescoping. Aerial photography offers cost-effective and high-precision solutions for volume calculations, planning purposes, route design, or renovation of an existing mapping.

Market Dynamics:


Rising Number of Applications in Different Sectors

It offers a range of ground-based applications. For instance, it is helpful for farmers to monitor crops identify problems such as blight and deploy suitable remedies. Also used by many insurance companies to verify damage assessment and claims after hurricanes, floods and other disasters. Due to increasing usage of it in a number of sectors is the main driver for the market growth. It has been used in disaster risk operation, archeology, cartography, journalism, defense and security, construction and development, tourism, and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).


Privacy and National Safety 

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are intended to use in commercial applications, it is possible to use the images captured for inappropriate purposes. Using online aerial and satellite photos, potential criminals can perform virtual surveillance of banks, government buildings, parks, or schools. Indeed, national security could be affected as well. If adequate safety steps are not taken, market growth over the forecast period is expected to be impeded by a lack of adequate protection and privacy concerns.


Rising Inclusion of the Technology in the Construction Industry

Aerial images are gaining significance in the construction industry as it offers solutions to the complexities and layout of large infrastructure projects in a refined manner. They permit construction companies to examine projects in a detailed and better way by taking images from diverse angles. Aerial image solutions offer benefits in terms of time and cost, which in turn saves a huge amount of money spent by construction contractors/ builders on monitoring and surveillance. Aerial image solutions enable architectures, construction firms, and engineers to better assess, plan, and inspect resource utilization for ongoing projects ranging from small-town developments to large-scale buildings and estates. In the coming years, such solutions are anticipated to further enhance logistics inventory in construction projects and provide protection against insurance claims and site thefts, which will boost the growth of the aerial imagery market.


Unsupportive Weather Conditions

Adverse weather conditions are one of the major threats for adoption of aerial imaging, as it requires clear visibility and plenty of light. For the same reasons, aerial imaging is not ideal at night and in diminished light. Usually, photographs taken for marketing purposes require perfect weather conditions, such as a clear blue sky, bright sunlight, fluffy white clouds, etc., in order to produce vibrant effects and colors. Thus, these factors are expected to threat the market growth.

Software segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The software consists of systems that convert the collected information into meaningful data, for instance, software for running the cameras, sensors, and software for processing the images as well. The growth of this segment is primarily attributed to the increased spending on the adoption of hardware solutions across several sectors. Additionally, the growing participation by market players in the launch of new and advanced platforms further supplements the growth of this segment during the next five years. For instance, in June 2020, Kespry, one of the world’s leading drone-based aerial intelligence solution providers announced the update of its Summer 2020 Aerial Intelligence platform focusing on the enhancement in the mining, construction, and insurance industries with new tools and integrations.

The Government segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The varied applications of these solutions across the government sectors for numerous applications that include geospatial surveys, homeland security, and urban planning among others are some of the key factors boosting the significant share of this segment during the upcoming years. Also, the increased focus on efficient disaster management is further expected to encourage market growth.

Region with largest share:

The Asia Pacific is projected to hold the highest market share, due to the rising number of semiconductor companies will be the attributing factor towards the APAC regional growth. In addition, rapid technological development and increasing consumer demands will further influence the regional market share over the coming years. Moreover, rising applications of drone filming in government and agricultural sectors in countries such as China and India.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is projected to have the highest CAGR, the North American region is projected to hold a healthy market share owing to the early adoption of technology. Furthermore, the wide adoption of UAVs across the different sectors throughout the region is further positively impacting the market growth during the next five years. due to the large-scale applications of aerial imagery in the energy, agriculture, and defence sectors in this province.

Key players in the market:

Some of the key players profiled in the Aerial Imaging Market include Aerial Imaging Productions, LLC, AirSelfie, Blom Norway AS, Cooper Aerial Surveys Co., Digital Aerial Solutions (DAS), LLC, EagleView Technologies, Inc., Fugro N.V., Geomni , Global UAV Technologies Ltd, Kucera International, Landiscor, Nearmap Ltd.

Key developments:

In December 2019: Nearmap Ltd., an Australia-based aerial mapping company, acquired Pushpin, a U.S.-based company. By acquiring Pushpin's 3D geometry extraction technology and pairing it with Nearmap Ltd rich data, they bring the best of both worlds together at unprecedented scale,

In December 2018: EagleView Technologies Inc. acquired Spookfish, an Australia-based aerial imaging company. This acquisition expands Aerometrex’s already extensive imagery coverage and aligns with the company’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities within the high-end geospatial market.

In February 2018: Geomni launched a new mobile app for terrain imaging and drone inspection, which allows users to collect image data from their mobile devices and perform a full vehicle inspection. Unnamed planes (UAVs) use compatible drones.

In January 2019: AirSelfie announced the creation of its three novel airborne cameras, namely AIR 100, AIR ZEN, and AIR DUO, which are specially created to offer different imaging technology angles for flight capabilities. These new cameras are equipped with aerial imaging robotics technology and autonomous imaging mission technology. This new camera will capture images and videos without connecting them to smartphones.

Types Covered: 
• Drone Imagery
• Infrared Radiation
• Panchromatic
• Radar Imagery
• Spectrazonal Imagery
• Thermal Imagery 

Camera Orientations Covered:
• Olique
• Vertical 

Platforms Covered:
• Airships
• Balloons
• Fixed- Wing Aircraft
• Helicopter
• Parachutes
• Rockets
• Rotary Wing
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drones
• Vehicle Mounted Poles

Offerings Covered:
• Hardware
• Software
Applications Covered:
• Asset Inventory Management
• Conservation & Research
• Disaster Management
• Energy and Resource Management
• Environmental Monitoring
• Geospatial Mapping
• Infrastructure Planning
• National and Urban Mapping
• Surveillance and Monitoring
• Urban Planning
• Other Applications

End Users Covered:
• Aerospace & Defence
• Archaeology & Civil Engineering
• Construction
• Energy & Power
• Forestry and Agriculture
• Government
• Insurance And Tourism
• Media & Entertainment
• Oil and Gas
• Real Estate

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan        
o China       
o India       
o Australia 
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific   
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

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- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
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- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
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- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary  
2 Preface  

 2.1 Abstract 
 2.2 Stake Holders 
 2.3 Research Scope 
 2.4 Research Methodology 
  2.4.1 Data Mining
  2.4.2 Data Analysis
  2.4.3 Data Validation
  2.4.4 Research Approach
 2.5 Research Sources 
  2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
  2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
  2.5.3 Assumptions
3 Market Trend Analysis  
 3.1 Introduction 
 3.2 Drivers 
 3.3 Restraints 
 3.4 Opportunities 
 3.5 Threats 
 3.6 Application Analysis 
 3.7 End User Analysis 
 3.8 Emerging Markets 
 3.9 Impact of Covid-19 
4 Porters Five Force Analysis  
 4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers 
 4.2 Bargaining power of buyers 
 4.3 Threat of substitutes 
 4.4 Threat of new entrants 
 4.5 Competitive rivalry 
5 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Type  
 5.1 Introduction 
 5.2 Drone Imagery  
 5.3 Infrared Radiation 
 5.4 Panchromatic 
 5.5 Radar Imagery 
 5.6 Spectrazonal Imagery 
 5.7 Thermal Imagery 
6 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Camera Orientation  
 6.1 Introduction 
 6.2 Olique 
  6.2.1 High
  6.2.2 Low
 6.3 Vertical 
7 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Platform  
 7.1 Introduction 
 7.2 Airships 
 7.3 Balloons 
 7.4 Fixed- Wing Aircraft 
 7.5 Helicopter 
 7.6 Parachutes 
 7.7 Rockets 
 7.8 Rotary Wing 
 7.9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drones 
 7.10 Vehicle Mounted Poles 
8 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Offering  
 8.1 Introduction 
 8.2 Hardware  
 8.3 Software 
9 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Application  
 9.1 Introduction 
 9.2 Asset Inventory Management 
 9.3 Conservation & Research 
 9.4 Disaster Management 
 9.5 Energy and Resource Management 
 9.6 Environmental Monitoring 
 9.7 Geospatial Mapping 
 9.8 Infrastructure Planning 
 9.9 National and Urban Mapping 
 9.10 Surveillance and Monitoring 
 9.11 Urban Planning 
 9.12 Other Applications 
  9.12.1 Advertising
  9.12.2 Habitat
  9.12.3 Photograph
  9.12.4 Power Line
10 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By End User  
 10.1 Introduction 
 10.2 Aerospace & Defense 
 10.3 Archaeology & Civil Engineering 
 10.4 Construction 
 10.5 Energy & Power 
 10.6 Forestry and Agriculture 
 10.7 Government 
 10.8 Insurance And Tourism 
 10.9 Media & Entertainment 
 10.10 Oil and Gas 
 10.11 Real Estate 
11 Global Aerial Imaging Market, By Geography  
 11.1 Introduction 
 11.2 North America 
  11.2.1 US
  11.2.2 Canada
  11.2.3 Mexico
 11.3 Europe 
  11.3.1 Germany
  11.3.2 UK
  11.3.3 Italy
  11.3.4 France
  11.3.5 Spain
  11.3.6 Rest of Europe
 11.4 Asia Pacific 
  11.4.1 Japan
  11.4.2 China
  11.4.3 India
  11.4.4 Australia
  11.4.5 New Zealand
  11.4.6 South Korea
  11.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
 11.5 South America 
  11.5.1 Argentina
  11.5.2 Brazil
  11.5.3 Chile
  11.5.4 Rest of South America
 11.6 Middle East & Africa 
  11.6.1 Saudi Arabia
  11.6.2 UAE
  11.6.3 Qatar
  11.6.4 South Africa
  11.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
12 Key Developments  
 12.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures 
 12.2 Acquisitions & Mergers 
 12.3 New Product Launch 
 12.4 Expansions 
 12.5 Other Key Strategies 
13 Company Profiling  
 13.1 Aerial Imaging Productions, LLC 
 13.2 AirSelfie 
 13.3 Blom Norway AS 
 13.4 Cooper Aerial Surveys Co. 
 13.5 Digital Aerial Solutions (DAS), LLC 
 13.6 EagleView Technologies, Inc. 
 13.7 Fugro N.V. 
 13.8 Geomni  
 13.9 Global UAV Technologies Ltd 
 13.10 Kucera International 
 13.11 Landiscor 
 13.12 Nearmap Ltd. 

List of Tables   
1 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Region (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
2 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Type (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
3 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Drone Imagery (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
4 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Infrared Radiation (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
5 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Panchromatic (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
6 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Radar Imagery (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
7 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Spectrazonal Imagery (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
8 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Thermal Imagery (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
9 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Camera Orientation (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
10 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Olique (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
11 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By High (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
12 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Low (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
13 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Vertical (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
14 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Platform (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
15 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Airships (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
16 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Balloons (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
17 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Fixed- Wing Aircraft (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
18 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Helicopter (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
19 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Parachutes (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
20 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Rockets (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
21 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Rotary Wing (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
22 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drones (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
23 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Vehicle Mounted Poles (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
24 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Hardware (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
25 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Software (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
26 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Application (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
27 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Asset Inventory Management (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
28 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Conservation & Research (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
29 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Disaster Management (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
30 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Energy and Resource Management (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
31 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Environmental Monitoring (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
32 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Geospatial Mapping (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
33 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Infrastructure Planning (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
34 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By National and Urban Mapping (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
35 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Surveillance and Monitoring (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
36 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Urban Planning (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
37 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Other Applications (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
38 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Advertising (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
39 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Habitat (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
40 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Photograph (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
41 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Power Line (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
42 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By End User (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
43 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Aerospace & Defense (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
44 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Archaeology & Civil Engineering (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
45 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Construction (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
46 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Energy & Power (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
47 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Forestry and Agriculture (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
48 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Government (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
49 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Insurance And Tourism) (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
50 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Media & Entertainment (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
51 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Oil and Gas (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
52 Global Aerial Imaging Market Outlook, By Resl Estate (2019-2028) (US $MN)   
Note- Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.  

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