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.
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.
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 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.