Drone Sensor Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Drone Sensor Market is segmented based on type (inertial sensors, image sensors, speed, distance, position sensors, and others), application (navigation, data acquisition, collision detection, air pressure measurement, and others.), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The market size and forecasts have been provided in value (USD) for all the above segments.

Drone Sensor Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 0.94 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 2.54 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 22.13 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Drone Sensor Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Drone Sensor Market Analysis

The Drone Sensor Market size is estimated at USD 0.94 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 2.54 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 22.13% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The growing applications of drones for various commercial purposes, like remote sensing, photo and videography, oil, gas, mineral exploration, disaster relief, recreational uses, and other meanings, are driving the growth of the drone sensor market. The advancements in drone technologies have allowed manufacturers to produce a wide range of models in different sizes, weights, and shapes, which can carry other sensor payloads, making them favorable across a broad application base.

Substantial investments in the drone and its accessories to innovate and develop new sensor technologies and upgrade the existing infrastructure to support IoT and automation have been the primary trends impacting the market globally. However, stringent regulations by governments and tampering with drones will be hindering the growth of the market.

Drone Sensor Market Trends

Data Acquisition is Expected to Grow at Highest CAGR during the Forecasted Period

The data acquisition segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecasted period. The evolving need for drones in various fields demands drone manufacturers equip the drones with new technologies that help them adapt to the changes. Of late, LiDAR is becoming a high-resolution and more accurate option for 3D mapping and geospatial data collection. As LiDAR uses ultraviolet and near-infrared light, effective mapping can be done, helping the growth of its preference. In addition, infrared thermal sensors capture cloud points used in information-based modeling by engineers and architects.

The presence of millions of miles of underground natural gas pipelines across many countries is presenting growth opportunities for the market, as drones equipped with thermal imaging sensors for pipeline leak detection are gaining popularity. Similarly, for solar farm inspection, companies employ drones with various sensors to create 3D visualizations and optimize the placement of photovoltaic panels to maximize efficiency. Thus, the demand for drone sensors is increasing, primarily due to the growth in the usage of drones in various industries.

Drone Sensor Market : Drones Registered in the United States (Hundreds), By Type, 2022

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecasted Period

Regarding geography, North America is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The dominance of the market can be attributed to the increasing adoption of drones for various applications, the presence of major OEMs, and increasing investments in research and development of following-generation drone technologies. For instance, In February 2023, Teledyne FLIR Defense was awarded a USD 13 million contract with the US Department of Defense to make additional enhancements to its 80D SkyRaider unmanned aerial system. Teledyne FLIR will design and build prototype chemical and radiological sensor payloads for the R80D Skyraider and integrate existing detectors in the U.S. Army’s inventory as a part of the contract. Also, in June 2023, RTX Corporation secured a USD 118 million contract from the US Army to update the common sensor payload for MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. Such developments are expected to enhance drone usage and the market prospects for drone sensors during the forecast period.

Drone Sensor Market - Growth Rate by Region (2023 - 2028)

Drone Sensor Industry Overview

The drone sensor market is moderately fragmented, with several players accounting for significant shares in the market. Some of the prominent companies in the drone sensor market are Bosch Sensortec GmbH, TE Connectivity Ltd., InvenSense, Inc., Trimble Inc., and Teledyne FLIR LLC. Companies are investing heavily in research and development to innovate new and advanced sensors and related technologies that may be used in different applications of drones. In this regard, OEMs are investing in the research and development of advanced sensors. Teledyne Technologies Incorporated has acquired FLIR Systems, Inc in 2021. Such acquisitions will make the market more competitive in the years to come. Also, the market players intend to devote significant resources and efforts to capitalizing on the technological proficiency of UAVs and enhancing their penetration into the rapidly evolving market. It is anticipated that diversification of geographical markets, in tandem with the product offerings, would be a key criterion for ensuring profitability and survival in the long run.

Drone Sensor Market Leaders

  1. Trimble Inc.

  2. Teledyne FLIR LLC

  3. InvenSense, Inc.

  4. Bosch Sensortec GmbH

  5. TE Connectivity Ltd.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Drone Sensor Market Concentration
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Drone Sensor Market News

July 2023: The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has expanded a contract for developing artificial intelligence (AI) driven techniques for drone sensors to Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation.

May 2022: Teledyne FLIR Defense was awarded a USD 14 million contract to deliver its Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the United States Army. The advanced nano uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

Drone Sensor Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Inertial Sensor

      2. 5.1.2 Image Sensor

      3. 5.1.3 Speed, Distance, and Position Sensor

      4. 5.1.4 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Navigation

      2. 5.2.2 Data Acquisition

      3. 5.2.3 Collision Detection

      4. 5.2.4 Air Pressure Measurement

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Egypt

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Bosch Sensortec GmbH

      2. 6.2.2 TE Connectivity Ltd.

      3. 6.2.3 Invensense, Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Trimble Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Teledyne FLIR LLC

      6. 6.2.6 Velodyne LiDAR

      7. 6.2.7 Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group

      8. 6.2.8 Sparton Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 KVH Industries, Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 LORD Sensing Systems (Parker Hannifin Corp.)


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Drone Sensor Industry Segmentation

A drone sensor refers to a system capable of settling the changes that occur in terms of physical or electrical variations and other quantities. This sensor can also concede this variation into the drone and will act accordingly to ensure the proper functioning of the drone.

The drone sensor market is segmented based on type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into inertial sensors, image sensors, speed, distance, position sensors, and others. The other sensor type includes pressure sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and light sensors. By application, the market is segmented into navigation, data acquisition, collision detection, air pressure measurement, and others. The other application includes motion detection and power monitoring. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. 

The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD) for all the above segments.

Inertial Sensor
Image Sensor
Speed, Distance, and Position Sensor
Other Types
Data Acquisition
Collision Detection
Air Pressure Measurement
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Drone Sensor Market Research Faqs

The Drone Sensor Market size is expected to reach USD 0.94 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 22.13% to reach USD 2.54 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Drone Sensor Market size is expected to reach USD 0.94 billion.

Trimble Inc., Teledyne FLIR LLC, InvenSense, Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH and TE Connectivity Ltd. are the major companies operating in the Drone Sensor Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Drone Sensor Market.

In 2023, the Drone Sensor Market size was estimated at USD 0.77 billion. The report covers the Drone Sensor Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Drone Sensor Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Statistics for the 2024 Drone Sensor market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Drone Sensor analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Drone Sensor Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)