Eyes in the Sky: Resources to Learn about Drones

Exciting research is happening at Penn’s GRASP Laboratory in the fields of robotics and drones, and the applications of drone technology are being seen in ever-expanding industries. Entrepreneurs on campus, such as Josh Phifer, Vince Kuchar and Nichin Sreekantaswamy, the founders of Barn Owl Systems,  are developing business ideas which include drones, entering business plan competitions and launching businesses. As librarians, we can begin to identify trends based on the number of questions we receive from our students, faculty and staff about specific topics. We can tell you, drones are hot!

You can search databases to which Lippincott Library subscribes to learn more about drones. As you search, note that drones are known by other names. Keywords such as unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV, unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, unmanned combat air vehicles and  UACV are all related to drones.

IBIS World Industry Reports provide broad overviews of industries in the US and China. Here you will find a report for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturing which outlines industry performance, operating conditions and more.

drones-by-typeIf you are looking for a global perspective on the drone industry, use BCC Research. In this database, you will find more details about the technology of drones and their markets by application, type, subsystem and region. The report, Drone Technology and Global Markets is 111 pages of market information and analysis. In BCC, you will also find reports about the sensors and batteries used in UAVs.

For even more specific market applications of drones, Marketresearch.com Academic has a report titled: Commercial and Military Drones: Technologies, Solutions, Market Outlook, and Forecasts 2016 – 2021. Details about enabling technologies and applications are covered in this 186 page report.

In EMIS, you can access company profiles, research reports and more. One of the market research report providers in EMIS is Technavio which produces country, regional and global reports. In EMIS, search for Technavio and click on Technavio Regional Market Assessment Reports, and then switch to their Global Market Assessment Reports. A search for drone will yield reports such as: Global Commercial Purpose Drone Market, Global Defense Drones Market, Global Civilian Drones Market, and more. A search for unmanned will reveal reports such as:  Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market and Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Payload Market. Technavio reports often include a Five Forces Analysis.

Business Source Complete contains trade, academic and news articles which cover unmanned aerial vehicles. Search for words such as: drones OR uav OR unmanned aerial vehicles. From the results you can limit using the filters on the left side of the page. Here, you will find everything from an article with consumer drone ratings in Consumer Reports to video from the Associated Press of drone competitions.

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Our technology focused industry research databases, Gartner, Forrester and IDC also offer some articles about drones.

Beyond the library’s subscription databases, industry associations and governmental websites in this field are also important to consult. The FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems web page links to regulations and resources. The AUVSI is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and UAVSA is a subsidiary of the Tesla Foundation Group. Both associations connect people within the industry.

In rapidly changing industries, information is being added to our databases on a regular basis. Contact the Lippincott Librarians, and we will be happy to direct you to resources to assist in your research!

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