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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

AAI Corp.

124 Industry Lane

Hunt Valley, MD 21030-0126


An operating unit of Textron Systems Corp., AAI designs, produces and supports unmanned aircraft systems, including the Shadow tactical UAS and the Aerosonde small UAS.




181 W. Huntington Drive, Suite 202

Monrovia, CA 91016


AeroVironment develops UASs for a wide range of applications, including unmanned aircraft for communications, reconnaissance and research as well as high-altitude unmanned solar-electric airplanes.



Airborne Autonomous Systems

517 Crow Ave.

Weatherford, TX 76085


Airborne Autonomous Systems’ primary focus is the civil and commercial UAS market with a proprietary aircraft (HOVTOL). The company expects to make manned versions in addition to UASs.



Aurora Flight Sciences

9950 Wakeman Drive

Manassas, VA 20110


Aurora Flight Sciences develops robotic aircraft, rapid prototyping of UASs, composite and metal manufacturing, fault-tolerant software and UAS flight services.




BAE Systems

1601 Research Blvd.

Rockville, MD 20850-3173


BAE Systems, through its Taranis, MANTIS and Herti programs, is well positioned to be a leading player in the UAS market. Additionally, in 2009 BAE Systems acquired Tucson, Ariz.-based Advanced Ceramics Research, which designs, develops and manufactures small UASs for defense and scientific applications, including the Silver Fox, Manta and Coyote.



BAI Aerosystems

9040 Glebe Park Drive

Easton, MD 21601


BAI Aerosystems is a full-service UAS manufacturer that offers a complete family of aircraft (ranging from back-packable electric to ultra-light in class); digital flight controllers (autopilots); datalinks (command/control, video/telemetry); EO/IR/ChemBio/Radar/Psyops payloads; and many support equipment items, including pneumatic launchers and starters. The company has produced more than 1,000 small UASs, mostly for the U.S. Department of Defense.




PO Box 2515

Seal Beach, CA 90740


Boeing produces UASs through its Phantom Works division as well as Insitu (, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that has been a pioneer and leading provider of small, tactical UASs since 1994.



Brock Technologies

3774 E. 43rd Place

Tucson, AZ 85713


Brock Technologies offers a broad range of innovations for the unmanned systems market, including aerial and ground systems, sensors, custom composites, field support equipment and software.



Draganfly Innovations

2108 St. George Ave.

Saskatoon, SK S7M0K7


306-955-9907 or 800-979-9794 (toll free)

Draganfly Innovations designs and manufactures small UAVs, including the Draganflyer X6, a GPS-guided, high-definition, aerial video and digital photography platform. There’s an X6 package for photographers, video production, police, military and education use.



9A Crittenden Road
Findon, SA 5023
+61 (0) 8-8133-1370
DroneMetrex specializes in automatic, accurate and rigorous mapping using in-house designed and built TopoDrones. The company’s systems offer unsurpassed accuracy (10mm horizontal, 25mm height), a dynamic-stabilized active mount (near-nadir position of each photo with no “crab”), a calibrated mapping camera (Zeiss lens), direct georeferencing (mapping without ground control), NIR imagery and underwater mapping.


DRS Unmanned Technologies

7600 Wisconsin Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814


DRS develops close-range, low-weight, low-noise, medium-duration UASs that support military special operations missions. Applications for these products include tactical short-range surveillance; radio relay; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. DRS Unmanned Technologies was formerly the U.S.-based UAV business of Meggitt Defense Systems.




Ottergemsesteenweg 439/11

9000 Gent


+32 9 335 05 15

Gatewing is a Belgium-based Trimble company and one of the leaders in the design and manufacturing of UASs for rapid terrain mapping. Based on the revolutionary X100 lightweight unmanned aircraft, Gatewing built a high-tech terrain mapping solution that allows mapping and surveying professionals to create orthophotos and digital surface models fast and with survey accuracy.



General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

14200 Kirkham Way

Poway, CA 92064


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) develops transformational technologies that deliver paradigm-changing results. An affiliate of privately held General Atomics, GA-ASI is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems. The company is dedicated to providing long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with the integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness and rapid strike capabilities.

Geomares Publishing

Nieuwedijk 43
8754 HK

The Netherlands

0031 514 561854 is an independent product-comparison website for professional hardware and software for geomatics, hydrography and adjacent fields. Find detailed spec-based comparisons for more than 500 products, including unmanned aircraft systems, digital aerial cameras, terrestrial laser scanners, digital photogrammetric workstations, airborne laser scanners and remote sensing image processing software.



Global Marketing Insights

6801 Brecksville Road, Suite 206

Cleveland, OH 44131


Since 1997, Global Marketing Insights (GMI), a woman-owned firm, has provided Geospatial Business Intelligence Experts™ for a wide range of aerospace, geospatial and remote sensing strategic business planning, sales and marketing implementation services and highly customized market research services. These services include developing targeted product/service market studies and competitive market research for government agencies and private-sector firms whose goal is to increase their market share. As authors of the USGS and NOAA 2005-2020 International Remote Sensing Studies for Asia, Africa, North America and Europe (with South America in progress), GMI possesses the world’s largest database of remote sensing research (available in online interactive maps) and social and cultural trend information by country, providing GMI with expertise in technology transfers among all market sectors.



Marcus UAV Systems

PO Box 98

Mauk, GA 31058


Marcus UAV Systems manufactures low-cost UASs for the private sector, offering video and sound on demand. The systems are an alternative to flying traditional aircraft for surveillance, aerial photography, exploration, disaster recovery and other uses.



Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology

3 Iber Road

Ottawa, ON K2S 1E6



Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology produces the SnowGoose UAS, an aerial cargo delivery system with up to 575 pounds of autonomous cargo delivery. The SnowGoose offers safe, accurate delivery of critical supplies and aerial services to support search and rescue, humanitarian relief and military operations in hostile environments. The company also produces GPS-guided parachute delivery systems used by various national military organizations.



MLB Company

2551 Casey Ave., Suite B

Mountain View, CA 94043


MLB Company manufactures small, low-cost UASs. The company offers complete turnkey systems, UAS flight services, instruction and custom UASs.



Proxy Aviation Systems

12850 Middlebrook Road, Suite 250

Germantown, MD 20874


Proxy Aviation Systems develops advanced UASs for use by the U.S. military, the Department of Homeland Security, and in emerging civil and international applications. The company offers two UAS platforms: the SkyWatcher and the SkyRaider heavy payload UAV. The aircraft operate concurrently in flight, with as many as 12 air vehicles, to achieve Group Tactical Goals under the SkyForce Distributed Management




Remote GeoSystems

3307 S. College Ave., Suite 224

Fort Collins, CO 80525


Remote GeoSystems designs and builds geospatial digital video recording systems and project mapping software for unmanned and manned aerial mission preservation. The company offers commercial-off-the-shelf tools for simple but powerful video data capture, editing, geographic video analysis and project packaging, thereby leveraging your existing geographic information system data.




459 Jessen Lane, Suite C

Charleston, SC 29492-7979


Rotomotion designs, manufactures and operates helicopter robots and aerial robotic systems designed to be affordable aerial platforms for small cameras and other sensor payloads for aerial photography, surveillance and research.



Topcon Positioning Systems

7400 National Drive

Livermore, CA 94550


Topcon Positioning Systems designs and manufactures precise positioning solutions for the mapping, surveying, construction and agriculture markets. Topcon has developed an array of integrated positioning technologies to meet changing demands, including the Sirius Pro, a high-accuracy unmanned aircraft system that uses GNSS RTK instead of ground control points.