Small Satellites Market Report
Small Satellites Market is Segmented by Type (Minisatellite, Microsatellite, Nanosatellite, and Picosatellite), by Application Type (Earth Observation, Technology Development, Communications, and Scientific), by Operator Type (Commercial, Government, Civil, and Military), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World).
Small Satellites Market is Segmented by Type (Minisatellite, Microsatellite, Nanosatellite, and Picosatellite), by Application Type (Earth Observation, Technology Development, Communications, and Scientific), by Operator Type (Commercial, Government, Civil, and Military), and by Region...
Covid-19 has impacted the market dynamics, competition, and global supply chain. The revenues have gone down in 2020 and may resume an uptrend gradually from 2021. Companies optimizing their operation and strategy will sustain and beat the competition.
Note: The summary below might not have included insights on covid impact since we have large number of reports.
Miniaturized satellites having a wet mass of under 500 KG are considered under the small satellites category. The weight of the small satellites varies as per the components and sensors installed in them. These satellites have a shorter development team and cycles; thus, can be developed and launched at a lower cost in comparison to traditional large satellites. Developments in computational technology and data analytics drove the miniaturization of satellite systems.
The number of small satellites launched in the past few years has surged substantially owing to its low cost, easier launch vehicle integration, and technological developments. SpaceX’s robust plan of launching about 12,000 satellites in the Starlink constellation, of which half of them are targeted to be launched by end of 2024, is signaling a highly optimistic near-term outlook of the industry, especially of small satellite ones.
The small satellites market plunged in 2016 mainly due to launch failures. It further dropped slightly in 2018 when compared to 2017, owing to the decline in the number of small satellite launches. However, the market witnessed a robust pace in 2020 especially due to the launch of the Starlink internet satellite by SpaceX. The COVID-19 outbreak had a negligible impact on the small satellites market due to the longer project timelines for launching and establishing services. However, the temporary halt of satellite production lines, postponement of launches, and limited availability of funding led to some turbulence amid the pandemic.
Based on the type, the small satellites market is segmented as minisatellite, microsatellite, nanosatellite, and picosatellite. The minisatellite is expected to remain the largest and the fastest-growing segment of the market during the forecast period. Minisatellites are satellites weighing between 201-500 kg. These satellites are simpler and use similar technologies as larger satellites. SpaceX is the leading player in the minisatellite sector and is primarily employing these satellites for communication and broadband internet services.
Based on the application type, the market is segmented as earth observation, technology development, communications, and scientific. Communications are expected to remain the largest segment of the market during the forecast period. Rising demand for high-speed internet services coupled with growing digitalization across various verticals is augmenting the demand for smallsats, especially for communication purposes.
In terms of regions, North America is projected to remain the largest market for small satellites in the foreseen future. The USA is the pioneer in the smallsats market. In the year 2020, new small satellite launches in the USA grew six-fold from that of 2019-level, mainly driven by SpaceX’s Starlink constellation. Leading players, such as Planet Labs and SpaceX, are vertically integrated, having a stronghold from raw material procurement to the provision of internet services.
Asia-Pacific is likely to recoup at an impressive rate during the forecast period. The strong growth of the region is mainly attributable to the growing emphasis on the production and launch of smallsats to cater to the need for broadband connectivity solutions, military support, and weather forecasting. China is the leading contributor in the region in the wake of strong expenditure in space exploration and defense activities.
The market for small satellites is highly consolidated with the strong presence of key players such as SpaceX, Planet Labs, and OneWeb Satellites. These major players are focusing on production as well as the launch of smallsats to cater to the need for remote sensing and communication applications. SpaceX offers ride-share missions to other smallsat manufacturers, which further strengthens its position in the industry.
The supply chain of this market comprises several nodes including raw material suppliers, component manufacturers, system integrators, satellite manufacturers, ground station operators, and end-users. The following are the key players in the small satellites market.
The development of smallsats for communication, long-term agreements among the key players, and funding provided by VCs & government entities to smallsat start-up companies are the key trends shaping the market as well as competitive dynamics.
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The small satellites market is segmented into the following categories.
Small Satellites Market, by Type
Small Satellites Market, by Application
Small Satellites Market, by Operator Type
Small Satellites Market, by Region
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The small satellites market is estimated to grow at an impressive CAGR of 18.7% by 2026.
SpaceX, OneWeb Satellites, Planet Labs Inc., Swarm Technologies, Inc, Spire Global, Satellogic, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., and Kepler Communications Inc. are the leading players in the small satellites market.
North America is estimated to remain dominant in the small satellites market in the foreseen future.
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