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Senior Industry Analyst

Frost & Sullivan

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Frost & Sullivan

7550 West Interstate 10 Suite 400

San Antonio, Texas 78229

United States

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Why GoPro's Karma drone came crashing down - The Verge [cached]

It's really not," says Michael Blades, a drone industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan.

"DJI has gone through the Phantom, P2, P3, and P4 as well as the Inspire (which has had it's own hiccups) to work out the kinks in stabilization of the aircraft and robustness of their subsystems," says Blades.

"Both the Army and US Special ... [cached]

"Both the Army and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) are seeking more expeditionary UAS that do not require prepared surfaces for launch and recovery," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defense Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades.

"Defense companies need to sign strategic mergers and acquisitions with companies in overlapping markets to enhance their abilities to manufacture and upgrade platforms," noted Blades.

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Michael Blades, Senior Industry Analyst for Aerospace & Defense at Frost & Sullivan, and Steve Petrotto, Brand Manager at Horizon Hobby, will also join as panelists.

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Michael Blades, a senior analyst at the market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, said the training and simulation market is attractive because while other programs in the defense budget are experiencing cuts, funding for training remains stable. Blades projected that the combined annual growth rate from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal year 2020 for total spending on training and simulation would increase about 1.7 percent per year. That number is close to the rate of inflation, which means training and simulation is a steady market, he said.

Another reason companies like Lockheed would be interested in investing in such systems is because militaries in general want to do more with less, he said. "They want to be able to do more training for readiness with the same amount of dollars."
One solution to that problem is using immersive virtual training as opposed to expensive live training, Blades said.
Blades said it could be difficult for Lockheed to maintain its role providing the training and the sustainment on the F-35 in years to come. They have the advantage up front because they are the original equipment manufacturer, he said.

"Until now, drone racing has been ... [cached]

"Until now, drone racing has been mostly populated by pilots that are gamers or RC model aircraft pilots," said Michael Blades, aerospace and defense senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

"The large audience that ESPN draws will undoubtedly produce interest from sports fans that may not have known about the sport," he told the E-Commerce Times.
Investment in the sport has been significant, however. Steve Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, and his venture capital firm invested some US$1 million, Blades said.
"Interest in the sport is growing rapidly and the market for platforms, [first-person viewer] devices and accessories will grow accordingly," said Blades.
Moreover, drones likely will continue to evolve with improvements in controllers, platforms, motors, FPV devices, propellers and other accessories as the sport gains popularity, he suggested.
"It's a sport where someone doesn't need athletic talent, so it will appeal to many," added Blades. "Furthermore, investment by wealthy individuals and firms as well as significant monetary prizes for winners will draw even more interest -- a 15-year-old young man from the UK recently earned $250,000 by winning the World Grand Prix of drone racing in Dubai."
Crash and Burn?
For ESPN, the stakes aren't that high. "It is low risk as they can only benefit if the broadcast is a success, and if not they will move on to other opportunities," said Blades.
"The stakes for the IRDA are higher, although low viewership does not translate to failure," he noted.
"The idea must be attacked with safety in mind for both operators and spectators," said Blades.
"Currently, drone racing employs spotters and nets, and there will need to be standardized safety procedures and specifications for platforms and communications," he added.
However, if an aircraft loses communication and flies away -- or worse, a spectator is hurt -- the liability involved could cripple the sport.
"Operators and/or organizers will need insurance, and I'm not sure underwriters understand the risks," Blades said.

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