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Airborne LiDAR Market Trends

ID: MRFR//4558-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Sejal Akre| May 2024

Global Airborne LiDAR Market Overview


Airborne LiDAR market Size is anticipated to USD 5.2 billion register more than 16.30% CAGR during the review period of 2022-2030.


In general, the LiDAR refers to Light Detection and Ranging. The LiDAR instrument is usually mounted on drones, helicopters, and others. The LiDARhas have been considered emitting up to 150,000 pulses per second. In other words, the LiDAR is a trusted and modern technology that is helpful to obtain accurate and fast terrain models and imagery across the globe. Moreover, the LiDAR imagery and models are widely used in various industries, including forestry, agriculture, aerospace & defence, mining, infrastructure development, and construction.


In the mid-1990s, airborne LiDAR systems commercially emerged across the world. Further, it offers explicit 3D laser scanning and profiling rather than the 2D planimetric remote sensing data. Moreover, the 3D coordinates the axis and explains the 3D topographic profile of human-made objects, vegetation area coverage, and the earth’s surface. Also, the airborne LiDAR technique is efficiently used for generating Digital Terrain Model (DTM), Digital Elevation Model (DEM), and Digital Surface Model (DSM).


The U.S. military sector is projected to invest a large amount in procuring UAVs or unmanned aerial systems in the recent fiscal year budget, resulting from driving the Airborne LiDAR Market Growth in the assessment period. In the last few years, it has been witnessed that airborne LiDAR has an increasing demand for civil infrastructure and military projects, which surge the global market growth in the forecast period. In addition, many government investments in different industries are also projected to enhance market growth. 


COVID-19 Impact Analysis


In the first half of 2020, the unprecedented covid-19 pandemic has arrived with many interruptions in the marketing sector. Many markets have faced unpredicted challenges due to the lockdown, shutdown, and social distancing norms globally. Among these, the Airborne LiDAR Market Trends was one of those markets whose market demand slowed down during the pandemic. Many factors have been responsible for the market's slowdown, such as lack of workforce, transportation, no production, no availability of raw materials, and many more. For instance, the Airborne LiDAR Market supply chain has been disrupted.


However, the unprecedented challenge could not break the strong bond between the market and key players. The key players have taken various safety measures and adopted strategies to thrive the global Airborne LiDAR Market Size in the upcoming years. 


Key Market Driver


The global Airborne LiDAR Market is driving its growth during the forecast period due to the rising inclination for cost-effective air travel and substantial growth in general aviation across the globe. Moreover, the 


In March 2019, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory declared a USD 8.2 million contract with JASR. This contract has proposed developing chip-scale optical phased lidar systems and arrays using the technology of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks (MOABB) project for long-range communications navigation, and3-D mapping. This kind of initiative fuels the Airborne LiDAR Market Growth during the assessment period. 


Market Opportunities


The global Airborne LiDAR Market has experienced a positive impact due to the massive opportunities in GIS applications. Moreover, many country's governmental organizations are doing massive investments in airborne LiDAR industry systems to get the accuracy of the operation, which is bringing lucrative opportunities for the market leaders and vendors to show their effective work. 


In addition, the increased demand in infrastructure projects has significant opportunities to thrive the Airborne LiDAR Market Size during the review period. 


Market Restraints


The lack of awareness about Airborne LiDARamong end-users might hinder the global  growth during the assessment period. Moreover, the technological constraints may create market restraints in the research timeframe. 


Additionally, the high cost of the Airborne LiDAR may restraint the worldwide Airborne LiDAR Market Value.


Market Challenges


The global Airborne LiDAR Market might experience challenges with the technological constraints while using LiDAR. 


Apart from that, the coronavirus outbreak has brought more challenges for the Airborne LiDAR Market,which has disrupted the manufacturing and supply chain. 


Cumulative Growth Analysis


The Airborne LiDAR Market has witnessed significant growth in the past few years. Further, the global market is estimated to continue the significant Airborne LiDAR Market Value in the forecast period. 


Furthermore, the technological advancement of the airborne LiDAR is expected to bring more scope or the Airborne LiDAR Market in the upcoming years. 


Airborne LiDAR Market Segmentation


The Airborne LiDAR Market Outlook report highlights that the current market is segmented based on type, solution, and platform. 


By platform

Based on the platform segment, the global Airborne LiDAR Market has been segregated into Rotary Wing Aircraft, Fixed Wing Aircraft, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).


The fixed-wing aircraft segment is projected to generate the largest Airborne LiDAR Market Share during the review period. 


By Type

In terms of type segment, the worldwide Airborne LiDAR Markethas been divided into Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR and Airborne Topographic LiDAR. 


Here, the topographic airborne LiDARsegment is the most commonly used LiDAR system. Moreover, the topographic LiDAR segment is projected to grow in the forecast period due to the increasing number of survey activities like cartography, seismology, and meteorology; and the increasing demand for enhanced situational awareness in different parts of the world. 


By Solutions

The current Airborne LiDAR Market is segregated into Industry Services and System Component based on solution segment.


Further, the system component is sub-segmented into software and hardware (GPS/Position Systems, Lasers, Ranging Devices, Inertial Measurement Systems, Interface Devices, and Scanner). On the other hand, the industry services are sub-segmented into Oil and Gas, Defense & Aerospace, Mining Industry, Forestry & Agriculture, Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics, and others. 


Airborne LiDAR Market Regional Analysis


The global Airborne LiDAR Market is geographically divided based on North America, Europe, Middle East Africa, Asia Pacific, and others. 


As per the Airborne LiDAR Market Analysis the North American region is predicted to create the largest share during the review period. In this region, the countries like Canada and the U.S. are the major leading countries contributing largely to generating Airborne LiDAR Market Share.


The U.S. market is fueling the regional market growth due to the increasing base of LiDAR service providers and the collective use of LiDAR systems in surveying and mapping applications. In addition, the U.S. nation has some major application areas of LiDAR sensors, which includes military mapping, industrial survey, oceanographic surveys, and forest management. For instance, airborne LiDAR sensors are widely used in Canada for infrastructural improvement purposes. Recently, the U.S. government has been spending a lot on airborne LiDAR for defence and civil engineering applications to decrease the involved risk factors and enhance operational accuracy at a lesser time.


Airborne LiDAR Market Competitive Landscape Analysis


The Airborne LiDAR Market Analysis mentioned that the key players have significant competition worldwide because of the growing demand for airborne LiDARamong many relevant industries. These important market leaders are:



  • Faro Technologies Inc. (U.S.)

  • Teledyne Technologies (U.S.)

  • Saab AB (Sweden)

  • FLIR Systems (U.S.)

  • Leica Geosystems (Switzerland)

  • 3D Laser Mapping (England)

  • Leosphere SAS (France),

  • RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Northeast Africa)

  • Firmatek (U.S.)

  • Raymetrics S.A. (Greece)

  • Quanergy Systems, Inc. (U.S.)


These market players implement new strategies like a new product launch, technologically advanced innovation, promotion, and others. Additionally, the Airborne LiDAR Market is expanding significantly because the key market players are investing in research and development. 


Recent Developments


In May 2019, two pilot projects were completed by Terra Drone Indonesia. This project demonstrated how construction firms could benefit from drone mapping and surveying services by using drones equipped with LiDAR technology.


Report Overview


As per the Airborne LiDAR Market Forecast report brief global market analysis has been conducted using qualitative and quantitative research methods. In this report, a secondary source has gathered industry-related information. Also, the primary research method, like the interview method, has been involved in getting the insight views of the key players, vendors, and others. 


Furthermore, the Airborne LiDAR Market Trends report is consists of various information such as market segmentation, regional analysis, competitive analysis, market overview, market dynamics, and covid-19 analysis. For instance, it has also discussed the recent developments in the Airborne LiDAR Market. 


Airborne LiDAR Market Segmental Table


By platform



  • Rotary Wing Aircraft

  • Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • UAVs


By Type



  • Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR

  • Airborne Topographic LiDAR


By Solution



  • Industry Services¬†

  • System Component

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