Space Militarization Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Space Militarization Market Report is Segmented by Capability (Defense and Support), Mode of Operation (Space-Based and Ground-Based), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Space Militarization Market Size

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Space Militarization Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 54.49 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 86.54 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 8.02 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Space Militarization Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Space Militarization Market Analysis

The Space Militarization Market size is estimated at USD 54.49 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 86.54 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.02% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The strategic significance of space for military operations is being increasingly recognized, with space-based assets becoming integral for communication, navigation, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, fueling the expansion of the space militarization market. The reliance on space for military functions leads to a higher demand for such militarization.

While China is a key player in this arena, it faces formidable challenges from nations like the United States and Russia that also heavily invest in space militarization to enhance their military capabilities through space-based assets. This intensifying rivalry compels China to increase its investments in space militarization to maintain its military superiority and strategic position in the market.

Moreover, the advent of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and directed energy weapons, which are being tailored for space applications, is revolutionizing military operations in space. These technological innovations augment military capacities and transform space into an increasingly competitive and potentially hazardous environment.

Space Militarization Market Trends

The Defense Segment will Dominate the Market

The defense segment is expected to dominate the market with the largest share due to the factors that drive space militarization, such as military modernizations, evolving geopolitical dynamics, and imperatives toward national security.

Space-based systems are pivotal in augmenting situational awareness and bolstering intelligence capabilities, enhancing a nation's defense position. With the recognition of space as a strategic domain, nations are channeling resources into creating and deploying military technologies to safeguard their interests, assert influence, and potentially neutralize extraterrestrial threats.

The drive toward space militarization also raises ethical, legal, and diplomatic challenges in ensuring a balance between nations while mitigating the risks associated with its potential weaponization. For instance, in August 2023, the US Space Force formed a new combative unit, the 75th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (ISRS), which was tasked with targeting satellites and ground stations that are part of adversary space forces and counter-space force threats (space attack forces), namely space capabilities designed by the enemy to deny the United States the ability to use its satellite systems during conflict. Such developments are expected to boost the growth of the market.

Space Militarization Market: Number of Active Satellites, in Units, Global, 2018-2023

North America will Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

North America is expected to dominate the space militarization market during the forecast period due to the rising expenditure on the space sector, increasing number of satellite launches for defense applications, and growing space exploration activities from NASA and SpaceX.

Space-based technologies play a vital role in many aspects of daily life and the operations of many industries, such as GPS systems that make transportation and logistics easier, satellites that enable global communication networks, weather monitoring systems that forecast natural disasters, and secure channels for financial transactions. The reliance on these systems means that their security and uninterrupted operation are paramount. Thus, the United States, like many other countries, invests heavily in protecting and advancing its space assets to ensure economic stability and national security, recognizing that the final frontier is more than just a place of exploration; it is a domain of critical infrastructure that must be meticulously guarded.

The presence of key players such as The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, RTX Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation strengthens the region's market position. Such developments are going to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Space Militarization Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Space Militarization Industry Overview

The space militarization market is consolidated and marked by the presence of aerospace incumbents such as The Boeing Company, Airbus SE, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and RTX Corporation.

Strategic collaborations and partnerships between market players are projected to drive the technology transfer between companies in the future. Due to the high growth opportunities in the space sector, many new start-ups and companies have been venturing into the industry through various development programs. For instance, in February 2024, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation an R&D contract to provide a secure, open-source, ground-segment software solution to task, monitor, and control its future space capabilities. Such focused developments in research and development by companies will further drive market growth.

Space Militarization Market Leaders

  1. The Boeing Company

  2. Airbus SE

  3. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  4. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  5. RTX Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Space Militarization Market Concentration
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Space Militarization Market News

In January 2024, the Space Development Agency awarded contracts worth USD 2.5 billion for missile-tracking satellites to a consortium of companies, including L3Harris Technologies Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Sierra Space Corporation, to build and operate 54 satellites equipped with infrared sensors capable of tracking hypersonic missiles in all phases of flight.

In March 2023, the US Space Development Agency awarded a USD 250 million contract to RTX Corporation to build seven missile-tracking satellites.

Space Militarization Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Capability

      1. 5.1.1 Defense

      2. 5.1.2 Support

    2. 5.2 Mode of Operation

      1. 5.2.1 Space-based

      2. 5.2.2 Ground-based

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Airbus SE

      3. 6.2.3 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 The Boeing Company

      5. 6.2.5 RTX Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 General Dynamics Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Saab AB

      9. 6.2.9 THALES

      10. 6.2.10 BAE Systems plc

      11. 6.2.11 China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Space Militarization Industry Segmentation

Space militarization refers to developing and deploying military assets and capabilities in space. It involves strategically placing military satellites, advancing anti-satellite weaponry, establishing space-based missile defense frameworks, and other related activities. The dynamics of the space militarization market are intricately linked with geopolitical dynamics, national defense imperatives, and cutting-edge technological progress.

The space militarization market is segmented by capability, mode of operation, and geography. By capability, the market is segmented into defense and support. By mode of operation, the market is divided into space-based and ground-based. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for major countries globally. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

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Space Militarization Market Research FAQs

The Space Militarization Market size is expected to reach USD 54.49 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 8.02% to reach USD 86.54 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Space Militarization Market size is expected to reach USD 54.49 billion.

The Boeing Company, Airbus SE, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and RTX Corporation are the major companies operating in the Space Militarization Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Space Militarization Market.

In 2023, the Space Militarization Market size was estimated at USD 50.12 billion. The report covers the Space Militarization Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Space Militarization Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Space Militarization Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Space Militarization market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Space Militarization analysis includes a market forecast outlook for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Space Militarization Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)