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Unique UAV Business Models

Sense-and-avoid tech updates and beyond-line-of-sight milestone moments have us all excited every time either is announced, but these business plans are also interesting.
By Luke Geiver | June 11, 2015

Sense-and-avoid tech updates and beyond-line-of-sight milestone moments have us all excited every time either is announced. As we wait for more of each announcement to happen, we can’t forget about the unique and interesting happenings in the business model side of the UAS industry. Two stories from this week’s newsletter highlight how different companies are pursuing financial success from UAVs.

Check out what Aero Kinetics is doing. The UAV manufacturer may not have the distribution network prowess of DJI, so it is taking a different approach to growth. The company has announced that it wants to be the United Rental of the UAV world. For $499 down and $4k per month, a client can lease a UAV package that includes the platform, necessary payloads, insurance coverage, training, tech support and spare parts. The idea is to give entities looking to utilize the data gathering capabilities made possible by UAVs an option to do so if that entity does not have the need, want or desire to fully implement a UAV business segment into day-to-day operations.

We’ve previously heard and written about the idea of drones-as-a service. The idea is that some entities will simply want to hire a job done, like an expanding business would with a general contractor for a site remodel, and a UAV service provider would step in and perform the preflight, flight, post-flight work necessary to accomplish a given objective.

The rental case is certainly different, but no less interesting and impressive. Each option shows yet another reason why the UAS industry will continue to expand in the near- and short-term.

Another business-themed story from this week shows that some firms are so excited to being using UAVs, they are making announcements about using UAVS before they even have the ability to implement them. Check out Emily Aasand’s story this week on OxySure. When we first came across it, we weren’t sure if we should pursue it, but, after finishing the piece, we were glad we did.