The Global Medical Drones Market size was valued at USD 265.72 Million in 2022 and is expected to surpass USD 1.07 Billion by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of 16.8% during the forecast period, 2023–2031. Until recently, drone applications in healthcare were limited. Drones are now being employed in the healthcare field; however the industry is still in its early stages. Drones are utilised in distant places to transfer vital blood products and emergency drugs weighing up to 5 pounds.
In 2016, medical drones began delivering critical pharmaceuticals and blood supplies in Rwanda, assisting individuals in gaining access to biologics and saving lives. Regulatory policies have traditionally placed various restrictions on the use of drones. Several countries are already adopting drones in healthcare and creating regulating laws for their use. The government is working on a number of projects to build medical drones in order to provide services in specific fields. As a result, the sector is expected to register significant expansion in the upcoming years.
Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities
Drones for medical applications are in high demand, which is expected to propel the market.
Increasing experimentation, testing, and certification approval of medical drones is expected to drive the market.
Scarcity of unified skilled pilots and air traffic management is anticipated to hamper the market growth up to some extent over the forecast period.
Increasing government initiatives to develop unarmed aerial vehicles is expected to drive technical advancements.
Scope of Medical Drones Market Report
The report on the global medical drones market includes an assessment of the market, size, share, trends, segments, and regional markets. Overview and dynamics have been included in the report.
Medical Drones Market - Global Industry Analysis, Growth, Share, Size, Trends, and Forecast
Types (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing, and Hybrid) Technology (Fully Autonomous and Semi-autonomous), Remotely Operated) Package Size (Less than 2 KG, 2 – 5 KG and Greater than 5) Service Types (Hospital-based, Independent, Government) End-users (Emergency Medical Service, Blood Banks, Hospitals, and Others (Field Hospital, Virological Laboratory, Pathological, Laboratory, Telemedicine Service, Government Institutions, and Humanitarian and Healthcare NGO)) Logistical Applications (Emergency Blood Logistics, Vaccine Logistics, Emergency Organ Logistics, Others (Medicinal Drugs Logistics, Medical Equipment Logistics, Surgical Equipment Logistics, and Emergency Ambulatory Support))
Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East & Africa
Company Share, Market Analysis and Size, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends, and Revenue Forecast
Key Players Covered in the Report
Zipline, Volocopter GmbH , Volansi, Inc, Matternet Inc., Manna Drone Delivery, SKYPORTS LIMITED, EBREDRONE, LLC, Swoop Aero, Skyfarer LTD, and Technische Universiteit Delft
Medical Drones Market Segment Insights
High use of hybrid drones to drive the market
Based on types, the global medical drone market is segmented into fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and hybrid. The hybrid segment is expected to expand rapidly, due to its increased need for extended durability and range, heavy and big payload carrying capabilities, and a vast area of coverage for clinical uses.
The Wingcopter 198, an all-electric VTOL fixed-wing UAV (Hybrid UAV) that is a conversion in drone-based logistics for a range of medical, commercial, and manufacturing uses, was released in April 2021 by Wingcopter, a company based in Germany that specializes in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for medical applications.
High rate of adoption of fully-autonomous drones to drive the market
Based on technology, the global medical drones market is split into fully autonomous and semi-autonomous. The fully-autonomous segment is expected to expand rapidly, due to the high rate of adoption of remote-operated devices for various medical purposes.
Zipline company included the high autonomous drone-based medical delivery network, which has grown as a result of several agreements with government departments and the government.
2-5 KG segment to hold significant market share
Based on package size, the global medical drones market is split into less than 2 kg, 2 – 5 kg, and greater than 5.
The 2–5 kg segment is the fastest-growing segment in the market, due to technical advancements in drone payload capacities by manufacturers globally for next-generation logistical applications, including medical supply logistics. The 2-5 kg segment is used by Zipline and other medical supply logistics OEMs and service providers.
Hospital-Based segment held substantial market share in 2020
Based on service types, the global medical drones market is split into hospital-based, independent, and government. The hospital- based segment is expected to hold a substantial market share, due to increased demand among hospital facilities for UAV-based deliveries for different human organ logistics, medical supply logistics, and other medical activities.
The hospital-based segment is expected be the fastest-growing segment in the market during the projected period. In May 2021, Mission Go, a global leader in UAV logistics solutions, Mercy Hospital, an Allina Healthcare system hospital, and LifeSource, a US-based organ procurement company in the upper Midwest, delivered the first trial flight of a human pancreas organ via a healthcare drone.
Emergency Blood Logistics Segment to hold significant market share
Based on Logistical Applications, the global medical drones market is split into emergency blood logistics, vaccine logistics, emergency organ logistics, and others. The emergency blood logistics is expected to dominate the market, and it is expected to continue to do so over the projected period.
Rising adoption of unmanned system logistics to deliver blood samples and pathological blood products is responsible for this segmental growth. Sub-Saharan African countries such as Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Malawi have been using an unmanned logistics network to deliver blood samples on demand across their sovereign regions and difficult locations.
Blood Bank segment held substantial market share in 2020
Based on end-users, the global medical drones market is split into emergency medical service, blood banks, hospitals, and others. During the forecast period, the blood bank segment is expected to uphold its dominance in the market. Blood is required on a regular basis by many end-users, such as field hospitals, hospitals, and others, which accounts for the segmental growth.
Expansion of the segment is attributed to rising demand for blood and plasma from COVID-19 infected individuals around the world. For example, Ghana's government committed to using an autonomous drone-based network to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver critical vaccine, blood, and medical supplies to hospitals and field hospitals in affected areas.
Middle East is expected to be the fastest growing region
In terms of regions, the global medical drones market is split into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa During the projected period, the market in the Middle East is expected to be grow rapidly. Governments such as Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, and others invested heavily in different medical applications, resulting in regional market growth.
The existence of OEMs such as Flytrex in Israel affected market expansion. The market in major regions of the world is expected to grow at a moderate pace. Growing adoption of drones as well as expansion of industry market players is expected to boost the market.
- Fixed Wing
- Rotary Wing
- Fully Autonomous
- Remotely Operated
By Package Size
- Less than 2 KG.
- 2 – 5 KG.
- Greater than 5
By Service Types
- Emergency Medical Service
- Blood Banks
- Others (Field Hospital, Virological Laboratory, Pathological Laboratory, Telemedicine Service, Government Institutions, and Humanitarian and Healthcare NGO)
- Emergency Blood Logistics
- Vaccine Logistics
- Emergency Organ Logistics
- Others (Medicinal Drugs Logistics, Medical Equipment Logistics, Surgical Equipment Logistics, and Emergency Ambulatory Support
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
By Key Players
- Volocopter GmbH
- Volansi, Inc
- Matternet Inc.
- Manna Drone Delivery
- SKYPORTS LIMITED
- EBREDRONE, LLC
- Swoop Aero
- Skyfarer LTD
- Technische Universiteit Delft
Key players in the global medical drones market are Zipline, Volocopter GmbH , Volansi, Inc, Matternet Inc., Manna Drone Delivery, SKYPORTS LIMITED, EBREDRONE, LLC, Swoop Aero, Skyfarer LTD, and Technische Universiteit Delft. These players engage in mergers & acquisitions, collaborations, agreements, and partnerships to strengthen their geographical presence.