MINOT, N.D. – One of the world’s top drone-market analysts named North Dakota’s SkySkopes as the #1 drone service provider (DSP) in the U.S., as well as one of the best globally.
Drone Industry Insights (Dii) ranked SkySkopes according to the company’s size, consistent drone-industry development, global UAS market-share, growth, public awareness and online presence and activity.
“North America is the second-largest drone market today and will grow to nearly $12 billion USD in 2025,” Dii CEO Kay Wackwitz said. “This being said, we congratulate SkySkopes to be the leading drone service provider in the USA, constantly pushing the envelope and therewith the entire market forward.”
“I’m truly delighted by Drone Industry Insights’ stratification of SkySkopes as the top DSP in the U.S.,” SkySkopes CEO Matt Dunlevy said. “It validates our safety-based approach to the UAS business model and stands as a testament to the incredible professionalism demonstrated by our pilots and staff every day. I’d have to say this ranking is also born out of the extremely rich UAS ecosystem in North Dakota.”
North Dakota is home to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) — one of seven Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites developing systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting general or commercial aviation.
SkySkopes is no stranger to awards and accolades. Last year, Frost and Sullivan ranked the company as one of the Top 5 Drone Service Providers globally. In addition, SkySkopes is credited with performing some of the most complex UAS operations possible, including power line stringing in the U.S., as well as offering search-and-rescue drone services.
WHAT IS A DSP?
The Dii report is an assessment of more than 750 global companies known as drone service providers.
According to Dii’s report, drone service providers are defined as “companies which use drones to acquire information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object.
Typical outcomes are: aerial images, orthophotos, point clouds, live views, thermal imagery or hyperspectral imagery.”
A Dii media statement also noted:
“This year’s ranking shows that capable drone service providers are located all over the world, not just in Europe, the USA, and China. Moreover, new Drone Service Providers continue to emerge, while established companies continue to grow, which reflects the ever growing drone industry.”