(UAV), autonomous or remotely piloted, are an emerging technology with a wide range of possible commercial applications. According to military sources, the first experiments with unmanned aircraft were already conducted at the end of the First World War. The knowledge gathered in nearly a century of development has made it possible to extend the original capabilities of military vehicles and their ease of use, thus favoring their use in civil applications. With technological maturity and consequent cost reductions, unmanned vehicles are now considered a key technology capable of introducing potentially disruptive innovations in many contexts. In particular, one of the natural market niches of UAVs is dull, dirty or dangerous missions, which can often occur in a large number of situations such as surveillance, firefighting, industrial plant inspection as well as agriculture, logistics, disaster recovery, etc. As a consequence of the important potential benefits in so many business areas, significant growth in the global market is inevitably expected in the near future. A recent economic analysis of the drone value chain, reported in SESAR's European Drone Perspective Study (2016), reveals a potential European market that exceeds ā‚¬ 10 billion per year by 2035 and further grows by over 15 billion euro per year by 2050, with the value added services sector ("Drones-As-A-Service") representing the most consistent link in the value chain, where the most interesting business opportunities will materializeĀ