The FAA’s 105-page Aerospace Forecast, which provides aviation predictions through 2039, states that the number of drones available for commercial use has experienced steady growth around the world.
The FAA also notes the current pace of registration (15,000 drones per month) is three times higher than the same time last year.
Engadget reports that 277,000 commercial drones are currently registered with the FAA. This number is expected to grow to 835,000 registered drones over the next five years.Comment on this story
The report also notes that although the 1.25 million personal drones in the US currently dwarf commercial drones, their numbers will see a lower increase in the same time span, according to Engaget.
The FAA predicts that the number of model drones — which don’t require registration — is expected to hit 1.4 million by 2023.
Commercial drones are classified as drones under 55 pounds used for commercial or government purposes, according to the FAA. These drones are permitted to carry external loads which could make them viable for companies like Amazon, which has dabbled in drone deliveries.