Spacecraft Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

The Spacecraft Market is segmented by Type (Manned Spacecraft and Unmanned Spacecraft) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

North America


12 %

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Market Overview

The spacecraft market is expected to register a CAGR of over 12%, during the forecast period.

The global race among the countries for space exploration and an increase in spending in the space sector are expected to be the key driving factors for the market, during the forecast period.

The leading countries in space exploration, like the United States and Russia, despite their competitive rivalry, are coming together in the space sector, for venturing new space projects. This may support the growth of the spacecraft market, during the forecast period.

Growing technological advancements in spacecraft technologies and the efforts for the miniaturization of the spacecraft components are likely to provide growth opportunities for the market in the future.

Scope of the Report

The report includes the following aspects:

By Type
Manned Spacecraft
Unmanned Spacecraft
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Unmanned Spacecraft Segment is Expected to Have the Highest Market Share During the Forecast Period

  • In terms of segmentation by type, the unmanned spacecraft segment is expected to have more share in the spacecraft market, during the forecast period. Unmanned missions are now frequently being planned onto the Moon and Mars.
  • Although a few countries in the world can go to as far as Mars, many countries are trying to explore the Moon. Moreover, the launch of new satellites into the orbits may drive the market for unmanned spacecraft in the future. Additionally, research is being done to infuse AI technologies in developing the spacecraft.
  • For instance, in January 2018, NASA granted funds to the University of Akron (Ohio), for developing spacecraft, which can “think” for themselves using deep-learning AI process that works over an Ethereum blockchain network. The factors, like the unmanned spacecraft being cheaper than manned spacecraft and safer, are also making many countries to go for these spacecrafts than the manned ones.

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North America is Expected to Lead the Market During the Forecast Period

  • Currently, North America has the highest market share in the spacecraft market, mainly due to high space budget by NASA. Additionally, many companies in the United States, like The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., are making huge investments in spacecraft technologies.
  • In March 2018, NASA was given a grant of around USD 20.74 billion by the US Government. With investments and government spending amounting to sum as much as this, North America is expected to continue its dominance in the spacecraft market, during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

  • The Boeing Company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Airbus SE, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Thales Alenia Space are some of the prominent players in the market. Strategic collaborations and partnerships between both established companies and smaller startups are projected to drive the technology transfer between the companies in the future. 
  • For instance, in November 2018, NASA announced that it is partnering with nine US aerospace companies to send small robotic landers to the Moon. The companies include prominent players, like Lockheed Martin Corporation, and other companies, like Astrobotic, Moon Express, Masten Space Systems, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond.
  • Furthermore, many of these companies are comparatively small aerospace companies. Some of the companies have partnered with other organizations for their projects. For example, Draper previously announced a partnership with Japanese startup ispace, General Atomics, and Spaceflight Industries, all of whom may work together, to create lander capabilities for NASA. Another company, Moon Express announced that it may be teaming up with other companies, like Sierra Nevada Corporation, NanoRacks, Paragon Space Development Corporation, and Odyssey Space Research, to manufacture its lunar landers.

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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 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


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Manned Spacecraft

      2. 5.1.2 Unmanned Spacecraft

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Israel

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 The Boeing Company

      2. 6.2.2 Airbus SE

      3. 6.2.3 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

      5. 6.2.5 Thales Alenia Space

      6. 6.2.6 Sierra Nevada Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 QinetiQ

      8. 6.2.8 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Berlin Space Technologies GmbH

      10. 6.2.10 Millennium Space Systems Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 OHB SE

      12. 6.2.12 IHI Corporation


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