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Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market By Type (Persistent UTM, Non Persistent UTM), By System (Technical Infrastructure System, Human Interface Components), By Airspace (Controlled, Uncontrolled), By Environment, By Region - Global Market Insights to 2031

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market
  • Apr-2021
  • List of Tables : 42
  • List of Figures : 196
  • 170 Pages
  • Technology

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Market Outlook

The global unmanned traffic management (UTM) market is expected to expand at an impressive CAGR of around 18% over the next ten years, with drone operators being the largest end users across the world.

Steadily soaring demand is expected for UAVs and autonomous aerial vehicles in context with various applications across multiple sectors, owing to massive surge in air traffic over the assessment period.

Shifting preferences and increasing disposable income will lead to a surge in the number of conventional aircraft, which is likely to contribute heightened demand for UTM through 2031.

Additionally, numerous end-use industries such as e-Commerce, agriculture, and defence have infinite applications of unmanned aerial systems and drones, as these are being recognized as a potential alternate for various applications that could change the conventional way of performance over the coming years.

Further, prior mentioned applications of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones will contribute to air traffic, and require an efficient and safe traffic management system, which eventually propels the appeal for unmanned traffic management equipment over the assessment period.

The foremost objective of the new report by Fact.MR on unmanned traffic management is to pitch insights on the market scenario, demand generators, and technological advancements in this space. The report provides a taxonomy elaborating on key segments.

The report also outlines visionary insights on the dynamics of the market, including the drivers, restraints, opportunities, trends and pricing analysis, along with key success factors. Market trends have been tracked in 20+ high-growth countries, pointing towards countries in North America, Europe, and East Asia holding the bulk of the market share.

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Historical Performance Vs. Future Market Outlook

From 2016 to 2020, the global unmanned traffic management system market exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 14.5%; e-Commerce and defence sector played a major role in driving demand. Valuation of the market elevated from US$ 452.2 Mn in 2016 to US$ 777.6 Mn in 2020.

According to extensive analysis by the team of Fact.MR having expertise in the ICT domain, demand for unmanned traffic management systems will remain on the higher side during the forecast period. Rising application of UAVs and autonomous aerial vehicles over the assessment period will strengthen demand for unmanned traffic management systems. This is attribute to the fact that, infrastructure of unmanned traffic management systems is on rise in a majority of prominent areas. Further, where almost every industry was thumped in FY-2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for UTM was growing against the flow.

By 2031, the market is presumed to witness immense growth, expected to expand at a CAGR of around 18.0%, along with escalating growth in valuation to US$ 4.8 Bn by 2031. Demand for unmanned traffic management software, unmanned traffic management solutions, and unmanned traffic management services is expected to surge across regions.

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What are the Constraints for Unmanned Traffic Management?

Regional governments have several regulations and certifications regarding UAVs and flying vehicles. Governments across the globe have their measures to regulate air traffic and flying zones, which may potentially restrain demand for unmanned traffic management.

Increasing regulations and severe certifications tend to affect the market adversely, resulting in a fall in demand for UAVs across the globe. Reducing demand for UAVs will leads to decrease in air traffic, and proportionally, unmanned traffic management.

This market is an expensive affair; infrastructure requirement in this service is higher. Severe architecture such as radars and navigation systems are extensively deployed to monitor and manage air traffic. As unmanned traffic management is a technological market, it requires continuous and constant flow of research and innovation. Companies in this market need to spend substantially in order to be competent in the market.

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Which Region Offers Great Potential for Unmanned Traffic Management?

Globally unmanned traffic management exhibits great potential in North America, specifically in the U.S, which accounted for highest demand owing to high penetration of autonomous aerial vehicles and UAVs. Further, the U.S defense department is giving a push towards unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, which has provided impetus to the thriving demand for unmanned traffic management systems.

Further, Europe is looking like the most lucrative market after North America, due to the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones across multiple sectors and rise in conventional aircraft. Due to this, air traffic is expected to surge exponentially over the assessment period, which eventually contributes to higher demand for UTM services.

However, the market in East Asia is poised to expand at a CAGR of around 17% over the forecast period. China is the most prominent market presumed to push demand for unmanned traffic management, owing to technological advancements and consistent development of infrastructure, which gives an upper edge to the country. This will bolster growth of East Asia as far as unmanned traffic management is concerned.

Category-wise Insights

Which Unmanned Traffic Management System Accounts for Highest Demand?

Unmanned traffic management systems can be categorized in two types - persistent UTM and non-persistent UTM systems. Persistent UTM supports low altitude operations in an approved flying area. Persistent UTM provides continuous automated coverage to aerial vehicles.

Demand for persistent UTM services is expected to surge over the assessment period, owing to exponentially growing market of unmanned aerial vehicles and drones. There is constantly increasing penetration of unmanned aerial vehicles and drones across multiple sectors due to their wide applicability and high efficiency. Persistent UTM is accounted for maximum demand, since unmanned aerial vehicles and drones find various uses in numerous end-use industries, such as agriculture, surveillance & security, and e-Commerce.

How Big is the Opportunity in Controlled Airspace?

Airspace can be categorized into two types - controlled airspace and uncontrolled airspace. Controlled airspace is the busiest among both since most of air traffic operates in this space. Controlled airspace is presumed to acquire a large chunk of the market share. This is due to the fact that most air space applications are mainstreamed in controlled airspace. Boost provided to controlled space by regional governments will highly cascade the effect to the growth in demand for unmanned aerial vehicles and drones.

Numerous development and innovation initiatives are being taken by some prominent players to make their infrastructure robust for controlled airspace, owing to high penetration and applicability across multiple sectors. As such, there remains a huge opportunity for aerial vehicles and drones for controlled unmanned traffic management airspace.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Demand for Unmanned Traffic Management?

The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the global economy with a loss of trillions of dollars in just a few months. More than 100 countries either faced full lockdowns or partial ones, and nearly 200 countries were effected with the coronavirus outbreak. This resulted in global disruption of import and export across borders.

However, the scenario for unmanned traffic management is little bit different; the market was not affected so badly like other sectors, because of the applicability aspect.

Three cases where drones are deployed in response to COVID-19

  • Lab samples pick-up & delivery and transportation of medical supplies
  • Aerial spraying in context to disinfect contaminated areas
  • Monitoring public space and awareness during quarantine

In this environment, modest but progressive tightening of reinsurance capacity that we forecasted at the beginning of the year has been accelerated. It remains to be seen whether the volume of new capital that enters the market between now and the year-end is sufficient to influence market dynamics and improve surveillance, navigation, and communication infrastructure for unmanned traffic management.

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Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • the Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • GCC

Key Segments Covered

  • Type
  • System
  • Airspace
  • Environment
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • AirMap
  • Altitude Angel
  • Wing
  • Analytical Graphics, Inc.
  • Delair
  • Unifly
  • DJI
  • Frequentis
  • Nova Systems
  • PrecisionHawk
  • Thales Group
  • Leonardo

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Key Market Segments Covered

  • Type

    • Persistent Unmanned Traffic Management
    • Non-persistent Unmanned Traffic Management
  • System

    • Technical Infrastructure Systems
      • Communication Infrastructure
      • Navigation Infrastructure
      • Surveillance Infrastructure
      • Spatial Infrastructure
    • Human Interface Components
      • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
      • UAS Registration Systems
      • UAS Traffic Management Systems
  • Airspace

    • Controlled Unmanned Traffic Management
    • Uncontrolled Unmanned Traffic Management
  • Environment

    • Urban Unmanned Traffic Management
    • Rural Unmanned Traffic Management
    • ATM (Airport) Unmanned Traffic Management
    • Others
  • End User

    • Drone Operators
    • Drone Pilots
    • Recreational Users
    • Airports
    • Emergency Service Public and Local Authorities
  • Region

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

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Market to register a CAGR close to 18% by value across the 2021-2031 assessment period. Higher penetration in the UAV and drone industry will bolster growth of unmanned traffic management service providers.

The U.S. is expected to hold a pivotal role driving demand for unmanned traffic management. Surge in demand from e-Commerce and agriculture industries is set to be observed across the country.

Prominent players manufacturing unmanned traffic management systems include AirMap, Altitude Angel, Wing, Analytical Graphics, Inc., Delair, Unifly, DJI, Frequentis, Nova Systems, PrecisionHawk, Thales Group, and Leonardo.

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