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    Satellite Bus Market Trend & Forecast | 2023-2028

    Satellite Bus Market Trend & Forecast | 2023-2028
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    Satellite Bus Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis: 2023-2028
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    Market Insights

    The satellite bus market is estimated to grow from USD 11.14 billion in 2022 to USD 15.67 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 5.80% during the forecast period.

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    What is a satellite bus?

    The core platform or framework of a satellite that offers the essential infrastructure and functionality to accomplish its mission goals is referred to as a satellite bus. Consider it the satellite's "backbone" or chassis. The payload is referred to as the instruments or equipment that carry out the planned mission duties, whereas the satellite bus often houses a variety of subsystems and components required for the satellite's operation.

    Power generation and distribution, heat management, attitude and orbit control, communication and data handling, command and control, and other essential tasks are all carried out by the satellite bus.

    Satellite Bus Market Report Overview

    Market Size in 2028

    USD 15.67 Billion

    Market Size in 2022

    USD 11.14 Billion

    Market Growth (2023-2028)

    CAGR of 5.80%

    Base Year of Study


    Trend Period


    Forecast Period



    Depending on the demands of the individual mission, satellite buses are frequently made to be adaptable and modular, enabling modification and integration of different payloads and equipment. Satellite producers can expedite the development process and reuse the bus design for several missions by separating the bus from the payload, increasing the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of satellite production.

    Market Dynamics

    The smart factory market is driven by a host of factors, some of which are noted below

    • The demand for satellite buses that are specially made to meet the needs of these smaller payloads has increased along with the demand for small satellites. Some ways in which the increasing deployment of small satellites has influenced the market are miniaturization and standardization, cost reduction, rapid development and deployment, technology advancements, and emerging players.
    • Earth observation satellites are made to gather information on the surface, atmosphere, and other environmental aspects of our planet. Applications including climate monitoring, disaster management, agriculture, urban planning, and resource management all heavily rely on these satellites.
    • Sending spacecraft beyond Earth's orbit allows for the investigation of celestial bodies, scientific research, and the gathering of important information about the cosmos. This spacecraft's foundation is made up of satellite buses, which offer vital services like power, propulsion, communication, and navigation.
    • The market for satellite buses has been significantly impacted by technological developments, which have sparked innovation and made it possible to create satellite systems that are more powerful and effective.
    • The market for satellite buses has been significantly impacted by emerging economies' rising space budgets. The strategic value of space activities for a variety of fields, including communication, earth observation, navigation, scientific research, and national security, is being acknowledged by emerging economies.
    • The need for satellite buses increases as these nations invest more money in their space programs, stimulating the expansion of the satellite bus industry.
    • The commercialization of space technologies, innovation, and competition are all being driven by private space businesses, which become major players in the space industry.

    Segment Analysis

    By Satellite Size Trends

    The market is segmented into small, medium, and large sizes. Large size currently dominates the market with the highest share in 2022 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, driven by a host of factors including the presence of a large number of satellite buses and solar cells in order to allow a large number of functions including greater solar production and processing capacity

    It is also expected that the small-size segment is likely to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The demand for small satellites is growing due to sharply reduced launch costs from commercial space companies as well as increased demand for small satellites from earth observation to communications to networking applications

    Furthermore, the low cost and short development time in the integration of small satellites is other factors substantiating the growth of the segment in the market.

    By Application Trends

    The market is segmented into earth observation and meteorology, communication, scientific research & exploration, surveillance & security, and mapping & navigation. The earth observation and meteorology segment held the largest market share in 2022 & is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period

    Owing to their capability to monitor situations, such as cyclones, storms, floods, fires, volcanic activities, earthquakes, landslides, oil slicks, environmental pollution, and other such calamities. There has been a high focus on the development of small satellites targeting key areas including earth observation, communications, and networking.

    By Subsystem Trends

    The market is segmented into structures & mechanisms, thermal control, electric power systems, attitude control systems, propulsion, telemetry tracking & command (tt&c), and flight software. The electrical power system segment dominated the market in 2022 & is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

    The electric power system plays a vital role in the generation, storage, conditioning control, and distribution of power within the satellites. The electric power system helps in managing the power input of solar cells, charging onboard batteries, and distributing the electric power, to all other subsystems of the satellite at the required voltage.

    Regional Insights

    North America dominated the market with a significant share in 2022, driven by the presence of major spacecraft OEMs and tier players. The USA is the growth engine of the region’s market as the country has the highest space budget in the world, which is almost six times the country with the second-highest space budget.

    Also, NASA is the largest space agency in the world, which is largely involved in space-related activities located in the USA. Furthermore, major spacecraft OEMs, such as Orbital ATK, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell International, have a presence in the USA.

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    Europe and Asia-Pacific are also likely to offer good growth opportunities during the forecast period. Europe will be driven by space investments by ESA and Russia. Asia-Pacific is likely to be the fastest-growing market in the foreseen future, driven by a host of factors, including the emergence of India and China in the space sector, investments in small satellite projects, and an increased number of start-ups involved in space activities across the region.


    This report studies the market covering a period of 12 years of trend and forecast. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision-making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.

    The market is segmented in the following ways:

    by Subsystem Type:

    • Structures & Mechanisms
    • Thermal Control System
    • Electric Power System
    • Attitude Control System
    • Propulsion
    • Telemetry Tracking & Command
    • Flight Software

    by Satellite Size Type:

    • Small (1-500 kg)
    • Medium (501-2,000 kg)
    • Large (>2,001 kg)

    by Application Type:

    • Earth Observation & Meteorology
    • Communication
    • Scientific Research & Exploration
    • Surveillance & Security
    • Mapping & Navigation

    Region Insight:

    • North America (Country Analysis: the USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: Germany, France, the UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, Japan, India, and the rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Sub-Region Analysis: Latin America, the Middle East, and Others)

    Satellite Bus Market Segmentation

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    Key Players

    The supply chain of this market comprises ram material suppliers, component manufacturers, satellite bus system providers, spacecraft OEMs, space agencies, and space research institutes.

    The following are some of the key satellite bus manufacturers are-

    • Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Thales Alenia Space
    • Airbus Group
    • China Academy of Space Technology
    • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
    • The Boeing Company
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    • Ball Corporation
    • Macdonald
    • Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
    • Sierra Nevada Corporation.
    • Orbital ATK, Inc.

    Advancement in the technology and formation of a long-term relationship with OEMs are some of the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.

    Research Methodology

    For calculating the market size, our analysts follow either Top-Bottom or Bottom-Top approach or both, depending upon the complexity or availability of the data points.

    Our reports offer high-quality insights and are the outcome of a detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders, and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools.

    We leverage a multitude of authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, government sources, trade associations, journals, investor presentations, white papers, and articles to gather the data.

    More than 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts are usually executed to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This report, from Stratview Research, studies the satellite bus market over the trend period of 2012 to 2017 and forecast period of 2018 to 2023. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.

    What Deliverables Will You Get in this Report?

    Key questions this report answers

    Relevant contents in the report

    How big is the sales opportunity?

    In-depth Analysis of the Satellite Bus market

    How lucrative is the future?

    The market forecast and trend data and emerging trends

    Which regions offer the best sales opportunities?

    Global, regional, and country-level historical data and forecasts

    Which are the most attractive market segments?

    Market segment analysis and Forecast

    Which are the top players and their market positioning?

    Competitive landscape analysis, Market share analysis

    How complex is the business environment?

    Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, Life cycle analysis

    What are the factors affecting the market?

    Drivers & challenges

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    Company Profiling

    • Detailed profiling of additional market players (up to 3 players)
    • SWOT analysis of key players (up to 3 players)

    Market Segmentation

    • Current market segmentation of any one of the satellite size type by application type  

    Competitive Benchmarking

    • Benchmarking of key players on the following parameters: Product portfolio, geographical reach, regional presence, and strategic alliances

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Driven by a number of factors like Increasing deployment of small satellites & increasing space exploration missions, the satellite bus market is expected to witness an impressive growth of 5.5% CAGR During 2018-23.

    Orbital ATK, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Group, China Academy of Space Technology, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, The Boeing Company, Honeywell International Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Ball Corporation, Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., and Sierra Nevada Corporation. are among the key players in the satellite bus market.

    Asia-Pacific is likely to be the fastest-growing market in the satellite bus market during the forecast period of 2018-23.

    Large size is expected to dominate he satellite bus market in the coming five years.

    The earth observation and meteorology segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the satellite bus market during the next five years.

    Electrical power system segment is expected to grow at the highest rate in the satellite bus market during the forecast years.


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