The aerospace and defense industry remains a hotbed of innovation, fueled by the pressing need to modernize and the growing importance of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and unmanned systems. According to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in Aerospace, Defense & Security: Drone battery swapping, more than 174,000 patents have been filed and granted in the aerospace and defense industry in the past three years alone.
However, not all innovations are the same, nor are they always on the rise. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects a typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerated adoption before finally reaching stable maturity.
Identifying where particular innovations are on this journey, especially those in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential to understanding current levels of adoption and future trajectory and impact.
180+ innovations shaping the aerospace and defense industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, we plot the S-curve of the aerospace and defense industry using an innovation strength model built on over 262,000 patents, with more than 180 innovation areas shaping the industry’s future.
Within emerging The innovation stage, aircraft powertrain control, remotely operated drones, and aircraft anti-collision systems are disruptive technologies in the early stages of application and should be followed closely. Swarm control for UAVs, lidar for vehicle collision avoidance, satellite image smoothing technology, etc. To accelerate An area of innovation where adoption is steadily increasing.in maturing Areas of innovation are sensor-guided aim assist and aircraft flight control systems, which are now well established in the industry.
The S-curve of innovation internet of things in the Aerospace and defense industry
Drone battery replacement is a key innovation area for the Internet of Things
Drone Battery Swap refers to a system that allows modular batteries to be removed and attached to the drone platform, allowing for quick recharging.
GlobalData’s analysis also reveals the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patent activity across various applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are more than 10 companies, spanning technology vendors, established aerospace and defense companies, and up-and-coming start-ups involved in the development and application of drone battery swaps.
main player drone battery replacement – Disruptive innovation Aerospace and defense industry
“Application Diversity” measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly categorizes companies into “niche” or “diverse” innovators.
“Geographic coverage” refers to the number of different countries in which each patent is registered, reflecting the breadth of intended geographic application, from “global” to “local.”
Number of patents related to drone battery replacement
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
SZ DJI Technology is one of the leading patent applicants in drone battery replacement. The company is a leading manufacturer of commercial and civilian drones, offering products for use in the agriculture, industrial, mining, oil and gas, and logistics sectors. The company’s commercial products include the DJI AGRAS T40 and MATRICE 300 RTK. In order to increase the economic viability of drones in these areas, it is essential to develop related infrastructure such as charging solutions in parallel. Other significant patent applicants include Boeing, which develops electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility (UAM) through its subsidiary Wisk Aero, and his OEM Workhorse Group, which develops electric logistics solutions. And so on.
In terms of application diversity, MinebeaMitsumi stands out from the crowd. NEC and Identified Technologies are in second and third place respectively. In terms of geographic coverage, Nileworks takes the lead, followed by MinebeaMitsumi and Ai Robotics.
Drone battery replacement is a technological development that has the potential to significantly increase the viability of emerging drone sectors such as logistics, which rely heavily on small, unmanned platforms. Quick replacement of the modular battery allows for quick turnaround of the drone with a depleted battery, maximizing the working time of the drone. This has the knock-on effect of reducing the size of the fleet required to perform a particular task (for example, medical delivery in a small town), reducing overall operating costs.
To better understand how the Internet of Things is disrupting the aerospace and defense industry, visit GlobalData’s latest Thematic Research Report – Military Internet of Things.