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UAS Satcom & Imaging Markets, 3rd Edition

Published: December 2016

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NSR's UAS Satcom & Imaging Markets, 3rd Edition study provides the most comprehensive market analysis and forecasts of Satcom markets for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) and Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as well as for imaging and services revenues for the commercial sUAS industry. Building on more than a decade of data and analysis from NSR’s popular Global & Military Satellite Communications and Satellite-Based Earth Observation research practice, this study provides an exhaustive look at the UAS markets and the associated revenue opportunity for the stakeholders, from satellite operators to geospatial data analytics companies, over the next ten years.

The report covers Satcom and Imaging applications of UAS. The Satcom portion forecasts retail revenues, capacity demand and revenues, and equipment sales the satellite industry can expect for both Defense and Intelligence (D & I) and Civilian Government HALE and MALE UAS, by region and frequency band, and includes additional scenarios to build a holistic overview of how the UAS and Satcom ecosystem will grow in the next ten years. The UAS Imaging portion of the report analyses and forecasts the global market for commercial sUAS services for imaging and analytics applications across five industry verticals and five regions. The forecasts are made for two additional scenarios, projecting the revenue opportunity for UAS operators engaged in imaging and analytics applications.

The report answers critical questions regarding UAS Satcom & Imaging:

  • What will be Satcom market size for UAS in the next 10 years?
  • What is the Satcom opportunity provided by Civilian UAS industry?
  • How are regulations impacting the commercial sUAS industry?
  • What is the impact of commercial sUAS imaging industry on Satellite-Earth Observation business, by vertical market?
  • What is the market size of sUAS imaging and analytics, and how will it evolve in the next ten years?
  • Which frequency bands are going to play a key role in the next ten years for providing UAS Satcom services?
  • What are the UAS Satcom equipment trends, and emerging technologies that could disrupt this market?

This report is aimed at Communication satellite operators, UAS Satcom service providers, sUAS operators, investors, Earth Observation satellite operators, UAS Satcom equipment manufacturers, and geospatial analytics companies to understand and capitalize on the market opportunities that the growing UAS industry offers. This report features the most detailed analysis of the UAS services markets than publicly available, providing actionable intelligence to the buyer in each market of interest. 

Report Segmentation

NSR’s UAS Satcom & Imaging Markets, 3rd Edition is divided into two market segments with further segmentation by customer type, region, frequency band, and by industry verticals. Data and forecast segmentation is presented in the chart below.

Who Should Purchase this Report:

  • Communication Satellite Operators
  • Satcom Equipment Manufacturers
  • Large UAS Manufacturers
  • Strategic Advisories to Nations
  • Government Regulators and Agencies Involved in Procurement, Planning, and Operations of UAS
  • UAS Satcom Service Providers
  • sUAS Operators
  • Investors and Banks
  • Geospatial Analytics Companies
  • Earth Observing Satellite Operators

The NSR Advantage

This NSR report offers coverage over and above the competition:

  • Comprehensive analysis of the UAS market, built on over a decade of research and analysis for its GMSC and EO reports.
  • The most granular study on this topic, providing detailed analysis of revenue opportunities for communication satellite operators and commercial sUAS imaging industries, with full global coverage for all vertical and regional markets.
  • Independent and an industry-first analysis of sUAS Imaging services market, with UAS-as-a-services revenues presented in three different scenarios to capture market uncertainties.
  • Exhaustive assessment of UAS payload and sensors, government programs, policy & regulatory landscape, technology trends, and future markets.  

1. Global Market Overview
1.1 Scope, Definitions & Acronyms
1.2 Verticals & Terminology
1.3 UAS via Satcom: Government Markets
   1.3.1 State of the Market
   1.3.2 Key Government UAS Programs
   1.3.3 Military UAS Technology Trends
   1.3.4 Satcom Opportunities with LALE UAS
   1.3.5 Competitive Analysis of UAS Satcom Industry
1.4 UAS Imaging Markets: Commercial Markets
   1.4.1 Macroeconomic Analysis
   1.4.2 Key Events in the Industry
   1.4.3 Technology Trends
   1.4.4 Business & Service Model Assessment
   1.4.5 UAS Imaging vs. Satellite Imaging
1.5 Assessment of UAS for Logistics & Supply Chain
   1.5.1 Drones Delivery: Reality or Still a Dream?
   1.5.2 The Impact of UAS Traffic Management

2. Global UAS Satcom Forecasts
2.1 Description of Forecast Scenarios
2.2 Aggregate UAS Airframe In-Service Units
2.3 Aggregate UAS Satcom In-Service Units
2.4 Equipment Revenues
2.5 Service Revenues
2.6 Satcom Capacity Demand
2.7 Satcom Capacity Revenues
2.8 Comparison with Previous Editions
 
3. Defense & Intelligence UAS Satcom Forecast
3.1 Forecast Summary
3.2 Defense & Intelligence Aggregate Forecasts
   3.2.1 Airframes In-Service Units
   3.2.2 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   3.2.3 Equipment Revenues
   3.2.4 Service Revenues
   3.2.5 Capacity Demand & Revenues
3.3 Defense & Intelligence HALE UAS Forecasts
   3.3.1 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   3.3.2 Equipment Revenues
   3.3.3 Service Revenues
   3.3.4 Capacity Demand & Revenues
3.4 Defense & Intelligence MALE UAS Forecasts
   3.4.1 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   3.4.2 Equipment Revenues
   3.4.3 Service Revenues
   3.4.4 Capacity Demand & Revenues
 
4. Civilian Government UAS Satcom Forecast
4.1 Forecast Summary
4.2 Civilian UAS Forecasts
   4.2.1 Airframes In-Service Units
   4.2.2 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   4.2.3 Equipment Revenues
   4.2.4 Service Revenues
   4.2.5 Capacity Demand & Revenues
4.3 Civilian HALE UAS Forecasts
   4.3.1 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   4.3.2 Equipment Revenues
   4.3.3 Service Revenues
   4.3.4 Capacity Demand & Revenues
4.4 Civilian Government MALE UAS Forecasts
   4.4.1 Satcom Terminal In-Service Units
   4.4.2 Equipment Revenues
   4.4.3 Service Revenues
   4.4.4 Capacity Demand & Revenues

5. UAS Imaging Global Forecast
5.1 Forecast Summary
   5.1.1 By Vertical Market
   5.1.2 By Region

6. UAS Imaging Vertical Market Forecast
6.1 Managed Living Resources
6.2 Energy & Natural Resources
6.3 Industrial
6.4 Entertainment
6.5 Services

7. UAS Imaging Regional Market Forecast
7.1 NAM
7.2 LAM
7.3 EU
7.4 MEA
7.5 Asia

8. UAS Imaging Big Data Forecast
8.1 Forecast Summary
8.2 Managed Living Resources
8.3 Energy & Natural Resources
8.4 Industrial
8.5 Entertainment
8.6 Services

Annex
Forecast Methodology
Regional Nomenclature

List of Exhibits

Chapter 1
 -  UAS Airframe by type, 2015
 -  UAS Airframe by Region, 2015
 -  North American and European Milsatcom capacity,
 -  UAS Capacity Revenues, 2015
 -  Cost Comparison of UAV vs Satellite Imaging

Chapter 2
 -  UAS Airframe In-Service Units By Scenario
 -  UAS Airframe In-Service Units by Region
 -  Global UAS In-service Units by Scenario
 -  Global UAS Base Scenario, In-service units by Capacity
 -  Global UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Capacity
 -  Global UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region
 -  Global UAS Capacity Demand, by Capacity
 -  Global UAS Capacity Revenues by Region
 -  Comparison: UAS Airframe In-service Units
 -  Comparison: UAS Satcom Retail Revenues

Chapter 3
 -  D&I UAS In-service Units Distribution by Freq. band, 2015
 -  D&I UAS In-service Units Distribution by Freq. band, 2025
 -  D&I UAS In-Service Units by Freq. band
 -  D&I UAS Retail & Wholesale Revenues
 -  D&I UAS Airframe In-Service Units By Scenario
 -  D&I UAS In-Service Units by Region
 -  D&I UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  D&I UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region
 -  D&I UAS Capacity Demand, by Capacity
 -  D&I UAS Capacity Revenues, by Capacity
 -  D&I HALE UAS In-Service Units By Scenario
 -  D&I HALE UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  D&I HALE UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region
 -  D&I HALE UAS Capacity Demand, by Capacity
 -  D&I MALE UAS In-Service Units by Region
 -  D&I MALE UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  D&I MALE UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region, Ku-band
 -  D&I MALE UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region
 -  D&I MALE UAS Capacity Revenues, by Capacity

Chapter 4
 -  Civilian UAS Airframe In-Service Units By Scenario
 -  Civilian UAS Retail & Wholesale Revenues
 -  Civilian UAS Airframe In-Service Units by Region
 -  Civilian UAS In-Service Units by Region
 -  Civilian UAS In-service Units Distribution by Freq. band, 2025
 -  Civilian UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  Civilian UAS Total Retail Revenues
 -  Civilian UAS Retail Services Revenues
 -  Civilian UAS Capacity Demand, by Capacity
 -  Civilian UAS Capacity Revenues, by Capacity
 -  Civilian HALE UAS In-Service Units By Scenario
 -  Civilian HALE UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  Civilian HALE UAS Retail & Wholesale ARPU
 -  Civilian HALE UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region
 -  Civilian HALE UAS Capacity Demand, by Capacity
 -  Civilian HALE UAS Capacity Revenues, by Capacity
 -  Civilian MALE UAS In-Service Units by Region
 -  Civilian MALE UAS In-Service Units by Freq. band
 -  Civilian MALE UAS Retail Equipment Revenues by Region
 -  Civilian MALE UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region: L-band
 -  Civilian MALE UAS Retail Services Revenues by Region: Ku-band
 -  Civilian MALE UAS Capacity Revenues, by Capacity

Chapter 5
 -  Global UAS Imaging Market
 -  Global UAS Market by Vertical - Base Scenario
 -  Global UAS Market by Region, 2015
 -  Global UAS Market by Region, 2025

Chapter 6
 -  UAS Imaging - Managed Living Resources by Region
 -  UAS Imaging - Energy & Natural Resources by Region
 -  UAS Imaging - Industrial by Region
 -  UAS Imaging – Entertainment by Region
 -  UAS Imaging – Services by Region
 -  Comparison: UAS Imaging Revenues

Chapter 7
 -  UAS Imaging - NAM by Vertical
 -  UAS Imaging - LAM by Vertical
 -  UAS Imaging - EU by Vertical
 -  UAS Imaging - MEA by Vertical
 -  UAS Imaging - Asia by Vertical

Chapter 8
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics Forecast
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics - Managed Living Resources by Region
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics - Energy & Natural Resources by Region
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics - Industrial by Region
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics - Entertainment by Region
 -  UAS Geospatial Analytics - Services by Region
 -  Global UAS Geospatial Analytics by Region