Global Tethered Drones Market: Introduction

Tethered drone is a low cost tether unmanned aerial vehicle designed for military and commercial operations. Tethered drones consist of multiple components: camera, sensors, battery, tethered cable, drone platform, and controller system. These drones can operate on battery for several hours and with technological advancements, they are operational via technologies, such as the internet and GPS for hours, days, and weeks. The introduction of such technologically advanced drones is helpful to shift power management system of the drone from conventional battery with limited battery backup to high-performing cable using a battery backup with unlimited flight time. Cables used in tethered drones are made of the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) material with high temperature ratings and significant amount of payload carrying capacity, owing to which, they are preferred in rescue operations. Tethered drones are used in various applications such as surveillance, imaging, rescue operation, sporting events, and mapping.

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Global Tethered Drones Market: Competition Landscape


Elistair is headquartered in Champagne-Au-Mont-D’or, France. The company designs and manufactures tethered base stations for commercial drones. In April 2019, the company launched the Light-T version 4, the new generation of rugged and compact tethered drone system at the XPONENTIAL 2019 held in Chicago, Illinois, the U.S.

Hoverfly Technology Inc.

Founded in 2010, Hoverfly Technology Inc. is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. The company designs and manufactures tethered powered drones for military and commercial applications. In September 2018, the company introduced a new tethered LiveSky SENTRY drone, which can operate in all-weather conditions in military application.


Founded in 2010, SKY SAPIENCE is headquartered in Yokneam, Israel. The company designs and manufactures tethered drones for use in military applications. The company invests heavily in R&D, developing new technologies and expanding its product portfolio.

Key players operating in the global tethered drones market are Hoverfly Technology Inc., Elistair, SKY SAPIENCE, Drone Aviation, UAVTEK, Yuneec, Azur Drones, Novadem, and ECA Group.

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Global Tethered Drones Market: Dynamics

Rise in Popularity of Tethered Drones for Use in Various Applications

The use of tethered drones is significant in commercial applications, including monitoring, mapping, imaging, and rescue operations. In hazardous conditions, such as natural disasters and emergency situations, the use of tethered drones is helpful to provide real-time images in all weather and light conditions with the help of high resolution cameras. Moreover, cables used in these drone systems have significant amount of load carrying capacity and high temperature rating due to which they are increasingly being employed in critical conditions. Furthermore, tethered drones are being used for news coverage and sporting events to enhance visual experience. Additionally, tethered drones are available at low cost, owing to which, the popularity of these drones is increasing in commercial applications. As a result of these factors, tethered drones are increasingly being used in multiple commercial applications, which is one of the major factors driving the global market. However, the use of conventional battery powered tethered drones offer low flight time for surveillance application, which is expected to hinder the growth of the market.

Global Tethered Drones Market: Segmentation

The global tethered drones market can be divided based on:

  • Component
  • Application
  • End-use Industry
  • Region

Global Tethered Drones Market, by Component

In terms of component, the global tethered drones market can be classified into:

  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Tether Cable
  • Drone Platform
  • Controller System
  • Others

Global Tethered Drones Market, by Application

On the basis of application, the global tethered drones market can be segregated into:

  • Surveillance
  • Imaging
  • Mapping
  • Others

Global Tethered Drones Market, by End-use Industry

In terms of end-use industry, the global tethered drones market can be bifurcated into:

  • Military
  • Commercial

The report on the global tethered drones market is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by market analysts, and inputs from market experts and market participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macroeconomic indicators, and governing factors, along with market attractiveness of each segment. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various factors on different segments of the market across regions.

Regional analysis of the global tethered drones market includes:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
  • South America

Note: Although care has been taken to maintain the highest levels of accuracy in TMR’s reports, recent market/vendor-specific changes may take time to reflect in the analysis.

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