A drone simulator is a combination of the computer system and software solutions that simulates a drone and its dynamics to provide the users an artificial environment for flight training. The simulator enables the pilot to learn to simulate an unmanned aircraft and payload. It also helps pilots ensure high-level safety and security to operate drones. Drone flight simulation artificially recreates drone flight environment, which includes different devices such as flight controls, simulator screens, and software support for pilot training and operation purposes.
The Drone Simulator vendors are placed into 4 categories based on their performance and reviews in each criterion: “visionary leaders,” “innovators,” “dynamic differentiators,” and “emerging companies".
Vendors who fall into this category generally receive high scores for most evaluation criteria. They have an established product portfolio and a very strong market presence. They provide mature and reputable products and services. They also have strong business strategies.
Innovators are vendors that have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have a broad product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business.
They are established vendors with strong business strategies. However, they have a weak product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to a particular product.
They are vendors with niche product offerings, who have started to gain their foothold in the market. They do not have strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants and may require more time before attaining significant traction in the market. The North American region is one of the major markets for drone simulators. The drone simulator market in the North American region has been studied for the countries, such as the U.S. and Canada. Drones are being used in the U.S. for the military and defense applications for the past several years. Currently, drones are being used in various commercial and security applications, which include media & entertainment, law enforcement, inspections, and surveys. Consideration of security and safety issues has led to increased demand for certified drone pilots in the region, which has led to increased demand for drone simulators for training commercial drone pilots. Commercial drone pilot training programs are regulated by various government bodies. Regulatory bodies, such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have set certain regulations for the use of commercial drones in different countries. The market for drone simulators in the North American region is expected to grow exponentially during the forecast period, owing to the increased demand for trained military and commercial drone pilots in the region. The European region is estimated to account for second largest share of the drone simulator market. The Europe drone simulator market is projected to grow at a healthy CAGR. The drone simulator market in the European region has been studied for Russia, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and rest of Europe. Continuous advancements taking place in both, sensor technologies and miniature payloads used in drones are expected to contribute towards the growth of the Europe drone simulator market. Drones are used for various commercial applications, such as fire & rescue operations and environment monitoring, among others in the European region. In France and the U.K., drones are used for the commercial and civilian applications as well. Thus, the increased use of drones in various applications in the European region is expected to contribute towards the growing demand for drone pilots, thereby fueling the growth of the Europe drone simulator market. Drone simulators are used training for drone pilots to ensure their safety and security by avoiding drone accidents. The Asia-Pacific region is estimated to account for third largest share of the drone simulator market. China is estimated to account for the largest share of the Asia-Pacific drone simulator market. The China drone simulator market is projected to grow at a healthy CAGR. The growth of the Asia-Pacific drone simulator market can be attributed to innovations in simulation technologies to manufacture low-cost commercial drones. This serves as a significant factor for the growth of the drone simulator market in the region. Countries such as China, Australia, India, and Japan contribute to the growth of drone simulator market in the Asia-Pacific region. China is a major player in the Asia-Pacific drone simulator market and a leader in manufacturing advanced drones for commercial applications.
Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
How many advancements and innovative drone simulators were launched from 2011-2016?
Which platform does your drone simulator caters to ?To Commercial | To Military |
What is the compatibility of your drone simulator ?Fixed | Portable |
What are the type of drones, your drone simulator is catering to ?Fixed-Wing | Quadcopter | Helicopter |
Can the same drone simulator can be used across different platforms (eg. Defense and Commercial) ?
Can the same drone simulator can be used in different applications(eg; fixed wing and rotary wing)?
Support and Services
Which of the following type(s) of support service your company offers?Manufacturing | Integration & training | After Sales Services |
Which of the following is the most preferred medium of delivery of support services?Direct Channels | In-direct Channels |
How many distribution sites does a company have globally?
Where are all of your distributors located?Located in North America | Located in Europe | Located in Asia-Pacific | Located in Rest Of the World |
In which of the following regions do you have distributors ?Distributors in North America | Distributors in Europe | Distributors in Asia-Pacific | Distributors in Rest of the world |
In which of the following regions do you have direct presence ?Direct presence in North America | Direct presence in Europe | Direct presence in Asia-Pacific | Direct presence in Rest of the world |
Breadth of Applications Served
Which of the following industry verticals does your company cater to?Commercial | Defense |
Channel Strategy and Fit
Which of the following constitutes your partner ecosystem?Distributors/Supplier | Training Institutions | Defense Industries |
What was your drone simulator revenue for FY2016?USD 50 - 100 million | < USD1 million | USD 1 - 10 million | USD 10 -50 million | >USD 100 million |
Percentage of FY2016 revenue generated from the following applicable regions?Revenue from North America | Revenue from Europe | Revenue from Asia-Pacific | Revenue from Rest of the World |
What are the challenges you face in drone simulator market?
How many new customers have you acquired in the last 3 years?
How many new drone simulator related products released in the last 3 years?
R&D spend, specific to drone simulator, in FY2016
Mergers and Acquisitions Strategy
How many mergers and acquisitions have you undertaken in the past three years ?
How many joint ventures have you undertaken in the past three years ?
How many partnerships and collaborations have you undertaken in the past three?