Here are 13 companies investing, selling or benefiting from unmanned aerial vehicle technology, from the battlefield to your backdoor.

(As an example) AeroVironment’s advanced unmanned aircraft systems are used by the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services to provide real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. Its 6.5-inch tall nano-hummingbird prototype aircraft is the first to operate using only its flapping wings for propulsion and control. The 2/3 ounce aircraft is capable of flying in all directions and can fit into tight spaces.

Most of these come from the usual suspect list. However there are three we don’t hear much about:
  • AeroVironment makes the nano air vehicle (aka hummingbird) featured above.
  • Matternet in Silicon Valley is working on small, low cost drones that can be readily deployed in urban environments.
  • Denel Dynamics is part of South Africa’s largest defense builder and focuses on large UAVs.



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