The UAV Payload and Subsystems Market 2011-2021

26 Oct 2011 • by Natalie Aster

Visiongain spoke with president and chief executive of micro-UAV specialist and payload manufacturer Aeryon Labs, David Kroetsch, in September 2011. Canada’s Aeryon Labs is based in Waterloo, Ontario, and is the producer of the manportable Scout micro-UAV. The company develops its own payloads, which can include zoom-capable video cameras, still cameras and FLIR cameras. Among its imaging devices are its VideoZoom 10x Camera, Daylight Still Camera, FLIR 360 and FLIR 640. The company also produces customised payloads and is able to integrate third-party sensors, including devices for CBRNE applications. The Scout, which comes at a base price of about $120,000, can be carried in a backpack and is used by military, law enforcement and civilian customers. The micro-UAV was used by the rebel Libyan Transitional National Council in their efforts to oust former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in mid-2011. The company was founded in 2007.

Visiongain: Could you elaborate on Aeryon Labs’ current activity within the UAV and UAV payload segment?

David Kroetsch: Our area of expertise is in control systems and in digital videos and it just happens to be the case that micro-UAVs are a perfect marriage of those two technologies. As a founding team we had worked together before at various companies including Cisco Systems, L-3 Communications and others before we came to form Aeryon Labs. The big difference between what we do and what a lot of smaller rivals do is that we produce a full, complete system designed especially around ease of use. We design that system from the bottom up, whereas a lot of players in the small- or micro-UAV space start with the remote-control system but these are generally not designed to be ruggedized for proper military or high-demand users. We design every component of the system ourselves – including batteries, IMUs [inertial measurement units], payloads, hardware and software. We like to think that as Apple is to the computer industry, we are to the UAV industry, in the sense that things snap together and they just work.

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The UAV Payload and Subsystems Market 2011-2021
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Leading Companies in the UAV Payload and Subsystems Market:

Aeronautics Ltd

Aeronautics Ltd is a defence company based in Yavne, Israel that produces UAVs, along with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Aeronautics has developed the Dominator, a MALE UAV that has a maximum take-off weight of 800 kg. It is also developing the Picador VTOL UAV. The company also produces the Aerostar tactical UAV, which can aloft for over 12 hours and has a range of up to 300 km, the Aerolight UAV, intended for training and light tactical roles, and the Orbiter mini UAV, which is launched by a light catapult and has an endurance of two to three hours.


AeroVironment is a leading developer of mini UAVs. The US company is based in Monrovia, California.. Its RQ-11A/B Raven is the US Army and Marine Corps's standard small UAV, with thousands of units ordered. The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has also acquired AV's small Wasp III UAV as well as the Puma AE, which can on land or water.

AeroVironment has also developed the Switchblade manportable lethal UAV and the Global Observer, a stratospheric UAV that can loiter for five to seven days. It is also developing the 10-gram Nano Air Vehicle (NAV). AeroVironment was founded in 1971 and developed a series of vehicles including the Solar Challenger, the Sunraycer, and the General Motors Impact. During the 1990s, the company expanded its focus from contract-based research and development to include production.

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