There are about 2.5 thousand drones in the Russian sky today. They are used for fire safety of forests, search for missing people, monitoring of crops: there is great number of variants. Now Nizhny Novgorod state agencies use foreign drones, but the region has been already developing such devices.
According to the Association of operators and developers of unmanned aviation systems (AERONET) and market participants, in 2017 the market of unmanned aircraft systems in Russia amounted to about 10 billion rubles. Of them light drones were purchased on about 1 billion rubles. Deliveries of vehicles in the medium weight category amount to another 1.5 billion rubles. Services account for the largest part of the market (7.5 billion rubles): data obtained by drone in flight.
The drone market significantly changed: over the past 2 years the area and length of the studied objects in Russia (forests, land plots, gas and oil pipelines, electricity lines) increased 10-fold, while the number of applications for flight permits – 8-fold. Preparation for the aircraft launch by professionals takes no more than 15 minutes. The flight speed is up to 120 km/ h, flight time - up to 4 hours, weight with payload - up to 10 kg.
Source: GIS-Association information portal
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