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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Satcom & Imaging Markets, 4th Edition

Published: January 2018

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NSR’s UAS Satcom and Imaging Markets, 4th Edition is the industry standard report for assessing UAS opportunities across global markets and applications.  This new report explores opportunities across the UAS services industry value chain, with focus on markets for satellite operators and geospatial imaging/analytics companies.

This 4th edition study provides the industry’s most comprehensive outlook on satcom market analysis and forecast for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) and Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS such as Global Hawks, Reapers, Shadow drones and Herons.  The report also provides insights on imaging and analytics revenue 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 coverage, this study provides an exhaustive analysis of UAS markets and the associated revenue opportunity for stakeholders, from satellite operators to geospatial data analytics companies, over the next ten years.

The report covers Satcom and Imaging applications for UAS markets:

  • 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 market HALE and MALE UAS, by region and frequency band. The Satcom portion also includes additional military scenarios (pivots and regional strengths) 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. Forecasts are provided 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:

  • How large is the Satcom market for HALE and MALE UAS in the next 10 years?
  • Which frequency bands will play a key role in supporting UAS Satcom services, and what will be the impact of HTS?
  • What is the Satcom opportunity provided by Civilian UAS industry?
  • How will various market verticals, investments and regulations impact the commercial sUAS industry?
  • What is the market size of sUAS imaging and analytics, and how will it evolve in the next ten years?
  • What are the market sizing scenarios to be considered, and the impact of commercial sUAS imaging industry compared to Satellite-Earth Observation, by vertical market?
  • What are the UAS Satcom equipment trends, and which emerging technologies could disrupt this market?

Report Segmentation

NSR’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Satcom & Imaging Markets, 4th Edition is divided into two market segments with further segmentation by customer type, region, by frequency band, and by industry vertical. Data and forecasts are provided on:

Who Should Purchase this Report:

  • Satellite Operators
  • UAS Satcom Service Providers
  • Satcom Equipment Manufacturers
  • Large UAS Manufacturers
  • Strategic Advisories to Nations
  • Government Regulators and Agencies Involved in Procurement, Planning, and Operations of UAS
  • sUAS Operators and Imaging Providers
  • 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 in NSR’s Government/Military Satcom & Earth Observation 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 and Analytics services market, with UAS-as-a-services revenues presented in three different scenarios to capture the market uncertainties
  • Overall assessment of UAS payload and sensors, government programs, policy & regulatory landscape, technology trends, and future markets

Executive Summary
Table of Contents

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 State of the Market – In Focus Middle East
   1.3.3 State of the Market – In Focus Asia
   1.3.4 State of the Market – Capacity
   1.3.5 Key Government UAS Deals
   1.3.6 Military UAS Technology Trends
   1.3.7 Satcom Opportunities (LALE UAS, HTS, FPAs)
   1.3.8 Competitive Analysis of UAS Satcom Industry
1.4 UAS Imaging Markets: Commercial Markets
   1.4.1 Key Events in the Industry
   1.4.2 Technology Trends
   1.4.3 Business & Service Model Assessment
   1.4.4 UAS Imaging vs Satellite Imaging
   1.4.5 Upcoming UAS Use Cases
1.5 Assessment of UAS for Logistics & Supply Chain
   1.5.1 Drones Delivery: Reality or Still a Dream?

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 by Region
   3.2.5 Capacity Demand & Wholesale 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 by Region
   3.3.4 Capacity Demand & Wholesale 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 by Region
   3.4.4 Capacity Demand & Wholesale 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 & Wholesale 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 & Wholesale 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 & Wholesale 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. Methodology