What can drone system simulation analyze?

A drone system comprises of different kinds and quantities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), human operators, ground control stations, communication network, IT systems and other components. Due to the complex nature involving multiple variables, a simulation model of the drone system helps to better design and operate a UAV fleet. Simulation modeling of UAV systems can help in:

Capital & Operating Expense Budgeting

Help determine what assets to invest in and how best to use them

Capability Assessment

Determine the optimal load capacity and flight times for various jobs

System Constraints

Operate system in a virtual environment to test constraints and identify bottlenecks

Restrictions Modeling

Study impact of various regulatory restrictions on your system

Technology Selection

Simulate your business process using different drone systems before making capital commitments

Predictive Maintenance

Assess impact of maintenance and unscheduled downtimes on your system productivity

``Fall from the sky`` risk

How reliable is your system to handle unexpected failures and disruptions

Drone Recall & System Disaster Recovery Planning

Conduct disaster recovery planning and exercises in a virtual environment

Data Storage & Management

Simulate you information volume handling capability for your overall system

Communication Network

Test communication protocols at both operational and business levels of the system

Day in the Life Simulation

Use 3D simulation models to communicate the typical use of UAVs to stakeholders, both inside and outside, your organization

Drone system simulation improves decision making in these areas:

Man vs. Machine

Using a simulation model to decide on the cost of using humans vs. UAVs to address a business problem.
Identifying locations for ground stations for best coverage.

Law Enforcement

Experiment with best ways to integrate UAV fleet with existing processes. Test different architectures for control: central vs. distributed. Conduct training and practice runs for surveillance and daily route planning.

Inspection and Mapping

Route planning and optimization across a range of applications like firefighting, agriculture & pest control, insurance assessment, aircraft inspection, soil and moisture sampling, pipeline inspection and leaks detection


Support UAV selection to meet the target payload and coverage requirements, define routes, compare demand and fleet capacity to meet business need.

Safety and Non-profit

Model recent developments in medicine deliveries via drones to asses suitability for your non-profit. Use a UAV fleet to provide emergency support services to affected populace.

How drones can benefit your industry

“Commercial drones will change the way we do our jobs, improve our decision-making and save lives.”

Jonathan Downey, Founder and CEO of Airware USA Today

How drones can help

Surveying and mapping lands to identify problems or manage growth; Reduce labor costs and boost production; Monitor cattle and other livestock.

Economic benefits

Agricultural drones will generate an estimated $350 million in revenue in the next 10 years.

Environmental benefits

Drones can map a landscape in an effort to reduce wildfires and protect wildlife.

Available relevant technologies

Sensefly eBee Ag

How drones can help

Survey stockpiles with impressive accuracy at a fraction of the cost; Create 3-D maps of mines, allowing for more accurate production estimates; Dramatically increase productivity while mitigating safety hazards; Mineral exploration.

Economic benefits

Renting a helicopter for site inspection can cost as much a $2,000 per hour whereas hiring a drone operator costs as little as $200 per hour.

Environmental benefits

Drones can assess and measure environmental impacts on the land.

Available relevant technologies

Sensefly eBee RTK

How drones can help

Oil pipeline inspections; Oil spills and damage detection; Gas emission monitoring; Flare stack inspections.

Economic benefits

Drones can inspect the flare stacks while still in production, avoiding a plant shutdown and saving more than $4 million; Using drones for mapping of pipeline routes can identify animal dens in advance, whereas in the past, coming within 5 miles of a polar bear den, for instance, would have meant replanning of routes at a cost of millions of dollars to avoid the animals.

Environmental benefits

The oil spill detection technology allows swift emergency response in order to minimize damage to the surrounding environment.

Available relevant technologies

AeroVironment Puma AE

How drones can help

More frequent track inspections at a fraction of the cost; Help reduce derailments and other safety problems.

Economic benefits

Lower labor costs in the long run: the average salary of a private rail inspector is more than $71,000 per year so equipping those inspectors with drones could allow the same work to be done by far fewer people.

Environmental benefits

With the amount of oil imports to California alone jumped over 500% to 6.3 million barrels in the last 2 years, the volume of oil being transported by rail has swelled, also leading to an increase in derailments and oil spills. The use of drone technology to monitor rail tracks will significantly reduce the number of derailments and reduce the risk to the environment in proximity to the track.

Available relevant technologies

Marcus UAV Zephyr2

How drones can help

Use smart drone for transportation. Send things through the air — magically, with the touch of a button. UAVs have the potential to revolutionize last-mile logistics, transforming the way you access things locally.

Economic benefits

More than two thirds of the goods we access everyday weigh less than 1 kilogram. Medicine, documents, electronic goods — our need to transport lightweight goods on-demand, efficiently and cost-effectively is growing every day.

Environmental benefits

A network of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operating 24/7/365 is able to meet this demand at minimal cost and the smallest carbon footprint of any transportation system ever invented.

Available relevant technologies

MatterNet One

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How we build a Drone System Simulation model

  • We actually think that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) will change the world like the internet did; right when it first came out we played with it, now we can hardly go an hour without using it. -KFYRTV.com

    Tommy Kenville, Founder of UAI (Unmanned Applications Institute International)
  • These jobs are made easier, not to mention cheaper, with the reduced costs and eventual legality of the drones. -wuft.org

    Reza Ehsani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida
  • [This drone technology is] an important tool that we’re not going to see go away in the conservationist’s toolbox. -Washington Post

    Steve Schill, Senior Scientist with the Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program 
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