Small Satellite Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Small Satellite Market is segmented by Type (Minisatellite, Microsatellite, Nanosatellite, Picosatellite, and Femtosatellite), End User (Civil, Commercial, and Military), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:

2016-2024

Base Year:

2019

Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The small satellite market is estimated to register a CAGR of more than 17% during the forecast period.

  • Huge investments by the venture companies, the growing demand for low-cost miniaturized satellites, and increasing demand for Earth observation applications are some of the major driving factors propelling the growth of the small satellite market.
  • However, power-related limitations and regulations related to the launch of small satellites may generate barriers for the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, technological advancements, in terms of miniaturization of electronic components, space 3-D printing, advanced material technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are likely to help the manufacturers to overcome some of the barriers and develop advanced small systems capable of performing multiple missions in the future.

Scope of the Report

The report includes CubeSats, PocketQubes, TubeSat, and SunCubes, which have been classified depending on its mass within nanosatellites, microsatellites, and picosatellites. Small satellites have been segmented into minisatellite (100 kg - 500 kg), microsatellite (10 kg - 100 kg), nanosatellite (1 kg - 10 kg), picosatellite (0.1 kg - 1 kg), and femtosatellite (<100 gm) depending on its mass. Furthermore, the report includes the following aspects:
Type
Minisatellite
Microsatellite
Nanosatellite
Picosatellite
Femtosatellite
End User
Civil
Commercial
Military
Geography
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Military Segment Held the Highest Market Share in 2018

In segmentation by end user, the military segment held a major share in 2018. Armed forces are enhancing their satellite communications, globally, to gain an advantage over other countries. The fact that the large satellites are at risk in the outer space, due to the weapons developed by the countries, like China and Russia, that can destroy large satellites, is making other countries, like the United States, to develop and launch their small satellites. However, the commercial segment is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Investments are being poured on a large scale for commercial launches of small satellites. As the cost for launching these small satellites is less compared to that of conventional satellites, many startups are being formed in this market. This is also expected to drive the growth of the commercial segment of the small satellite market during the forecast period.
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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Grow, With the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

In 2018, North America holds the highest market share, mainly due to a number of small satellite launches by the United States. In the United States, along with many companies and Universities, NASA is also making use of small satellites for conducting advanced exploration, scientific research, and educational investigations, as well as for demonstrating newly emerging technologies. However, the market for small satellites is largely shifting from North America to the Asia-Pacific region, where significant investments are made on space technology. China is making huge leaps in the small satellite technology currently. In addition, countries, like India, Japan, and South Korea, are also developing and deploying their own small satellites. Hence, Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

Planet Labs, SPIRE, Thales Alenia Space, GomSpace, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd are some of the prominent players in the market. The market is becoming fragmented, as the number of startups manufacturing these satellites has increased over the years. The number of schools and universities manufacturing these small satellites are also growing.  In addition, the number of small satellites being sent to the space for government and military purposes is expected to further reduce the market share of the companies launching these satellites for commercial purposes. 

Major Players

  1. Planet Labs Inc.
  2. SPIRE
  3. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
  4. Thales Alenia Space
  5. GomSpace Group AB

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Minisatellite

      2. 5.1.2 Microsatellite

      3. 5.1.3 Nanosatellite

      4. 5.1.4 Picosatellite

      5. 5.1.5 Femtosatellite

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 Civil

      2. 5.2.2 Commercial

      3. 5.2.3 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Vendor Market Share

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Harris Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Thales Alenia Space

      3. 6.4.3 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Blue Canyon Technologies Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Sierra Nevada Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 GomSpace Group AB

      8. 6.4.8 Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Millennium Space Systems

      10. 6.4.10 Adcole Maryland Aerospace

      11. 6.4.11 Planet Labs

      12. 6.4.12 SPIRE*

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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