Satellite-based Earth Observation Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Satellite-based Earth Observation Market is segmented by Application (Data and VAS), End-user Vertical (Defense and Intelligence, Infrastructure and Engineering, and Energy and Power), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


13 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The satellite-based earth observation market is expected to register a CAGR of 13% during the forecast period (2020-2025). With the huge number of research and technological advancements going on in the market, including big data, the utilization of the data generated and the activities in the industry are expected to increase, thereby, driving the market growth. 

  • Satellite observation from the orbit enables a differentiated set of options to monitor the planet from different angles, which can enhance the exploitation and management of the resources currently present on Earth.
  • Enhancement of equipment for geographical information and image processing has led to broad improvisation in performance and reduction of the price of the tools being used, owing to which the adoption rate is increasing, thereby, fueling the market.
  • However, despite many advantages offered through the data collected and value-added services from Earth observation, the presence of open data, like EOSDIS from the US, Copernicus from Europe, etc. is likely to act as a strong challenge to the market growth.


Scope of the Report

Satellite-based earth observation is done with the help of satellites orbiting around the planet to view and identify environmental changes, map making, etc. The satellite-based earth observation technology captures and stores information from satellites relating to the physical, biological, and chemical compositions of the Earth for monitoring, surveillance, and decision-making in various verticals, such as defense and intelligence, infrastructure and engineering, natural resource management, energy and power, and disaster management.

By Application
By End-user Vertical
Defense and Intelligence
Infrastructure and Engineering
Energy and Power
Other End-user Verticals
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Big Data to Drive the Market Growth

  • The satellite-based earth observation market is currently in an expanding state and is expected to boom over the next coming years, owing to the recent technological breakthroughs regarding data collection and storage. There is an increasing availability of high-quality earth observation data, both in terms of variety and quality of resolution.
  • The increasing growth of the market is also due to the global recognition of EO as an important tool to tackle the important challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change, resources management, or disaster mitigation.
  • EO satellites provide vital information regarding societal challenges and industrial activities in multiple end-users, such as agriculture, change detection, meteorology, etc.
  • Business opportunities are arising from the increased number of satellites being launched every year and the massive amount of data they provide. Globally, natural resources management, engineering, infrastructures, and defense are expected to be the main application areas supporting the growth in big data in EO.

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North America to Hold the Largest Market Share

  • North America consists of a good number of players that have emerged primarily with the increase of digitalization and sales of mobile gadgets and portable equipment in the region.
  • The rise in the demand for data, technological improvement, the emergence of high-resolution data, awareness and sales of satellite-based products, and an increase of consumer-oriented products are drivers for the market in recent times.
  • With the technological advancements in sensing and imaging technologies in the past years, the creation of advanced observation satellites for monitoring purposes has been increasing in the North American region, thus, driving the growth in the market.

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Competitive Landscape

The satellite-based earth observation market is highly competitive and moving toward fragmented stage, because of the presence of many players in the market. The major players in the market are Airbus Defense and Space, MDA Corp., UrtheCast Corp., and Harris Corporation, among others.

  • April 2019 - German aerospace center and the University of Stuttgart tested the transmission of EO data using laser communications technology. The transmission tests have been carried out using the optical space infrared downlink system (OSIRIS) laser communications terminal, which was developed by the German Aerospace Center.
  • October 2018 - Two remote sensing satellites were launched into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellites, both part of the Yaogan-32 family, have entered their planned orbits and may be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.


Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Generation of Big Data in Earth Observation

      2. 4.3.2 Emerging Technologies Associated with Satellite and Payload

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Presence of Open Data From Major Countries

    5. 4.5 Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry



    1. 6.1 By Application

      1. 6.1.1 Data

      2. 6.1.2 VAS

    2. 6.2 By End-user Vertical

      1. 6.2.1 Defense and Intelligence

      2. 6.2.2 Infrastructure and Engineering

      3. 6.2.3 Agriculture

      4. 6.2.4 Energy and Power

      5. 6.2.5 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Airbus Defense and Space

      2. 7.1.2 Satcom Technologies

      3. 7.1.3 GeoOptics Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 ImageSat International NV

      5. 7.1.5 MDA Corp.

      6. 7.1.6 Planet Labs Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 PlanetIQ LLC

      8. 7.1.8 UrtheCast Corp.

      9. 7.1.9 Harris Corporation

  8. *List Not Exhaustive


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