Since my last posts on this topic a few months ago on this blog, the Prairie Business magazine put out a good article out about the growth adapting issues in the agriculture remote sensing market. The story mentions that the market has not taken off like some have expected because of the farmers/agriculture managers do not see the Return on Investment for UAV flights right now.
Some of it which is not mentioned in the article is the recent decrease in commodity prices, which means UAVs do have to compete with tighter budgets than in times with higher prices.
Also, as the article mentions, UAVs are still in the test and experimental stages with tweaking sensor returns, increasing flight times to cover more area with each flight, and other issues.
This is just the agriculture market, UAVs are still expanding and exploring new applications and markets for viable profitable flights. Some will be long term revenue generators, some will not, time will tell how the eventual UAV market shakeout will bring about changes as the market matures in coming years.
(c)2015 Charles Schoeneberger