Like the internet and GPS before them, drones are evolving beyond their military origin to become powerful business tools. They've already made the leap to the consumer market, and now they're being put to work in commercial and civil government applications from firefighting to farming. That's creating a market opportunity that's too large to ignore.
Between now and 2020, we forecast a $100 billion market opportunity for drones—helped by growing demand for the commercial and civil government sectors.
Source: Goldman Sachs Research
Drones got their tart as safer, cheaper and often more capable alternatives to manned military aircraft. Defense will remain the largest market for the foreseeable future as global competition heats up and technology continues to improve.
Source: Goldman Sachs Reaseach
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