Northern Sky Research

Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 6th Edition

Published: April 2016

Available Licenses:

  • Standard: $4,195  
  • Enterprise: $8,195

NSR Report Deliverables

NSR delivers clarity and critical market insight.

NSR’s Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, now in its 6th year, provides the industry’s most thorough analysis of the dynamics surrounding design, construction, and launch of new satellites. Encompassing global demand across all satellite applications and from LEO to GEO and beyond, SMLS6 presents an in-depth view into prospects for manufacturers and launch service providers over the next decade.

After a year of lower order and launch rates reflective of an evolving environment for operators both commercial and government, this assessment of global activities and opportunities provides the market intelligence critical to today’s heightened competitive environment. From LEO constellations to commercial GEO communications to Government Earth Observation and more, SMLS6 offers a detailed view into each satellite segment while providing top-level perspective on market potential.

Supported by a detailed proprietary database of satellite specifications, extensive first hand perspective from players, and years of data, the forecasts and analysis of SMLS6 present a grounded assessment of today’s market dynamics. Further leveraging NSR’s industry-leading analysis in each market segment, from commercial EO to government communications, the report is built on a comprehensive characterization of the evolving shape of operator demand that in turn drives manufacturing and launch services markets.

Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 6th Edition tackles the key questions of this challenging market:

  • How will HTS adoption and the dramatic increase in on-orbit capacity impact annual satellite procurement?
  • In what ways will the rapidly growing small satellite market and New Space mindset affect the traditional industry?
  • What challenges will announced constellations face in delivering on their proposals?
  • How will the mass profile of GEO satellites evolve alongside use of electric propulsion and a changing launch landscape?
  • Can today’s global GEO market support 8+ prime manufacturers and 5+ launch service providers?
  • In what ways will the open – captive market division change moving forward?
  • Will government spending on space activities continue to generate the largest share of manufacturing and launch revenue? 


Data Segmentation

NSR’s Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 6th Edition, is presented through seven verticals comprising three applications (Communications, Earth Observation and Others), two orbits (GEO and Non-GEO) and two customer types (Commercial and Government/Military). Recent and upcoming activity in each vertical is assessed regionally through the number of satellites to be ordered and launched, satellite mass distribution, manufacturing market size, launch market size, and open/captive market balance.

Regions Covered:

  • North America
  • Western Europe
  • Central & Eastern Europe
  • Asia
  • Rest of World (Middle East & Africa and Latin America)

Who Should Purchase the Report:

  • Satellite Manufacturers and Integrators
  • Sub-system Manufacturers
  • Satellite Operators
  • Launch Service Providers
  • Launch Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Investors
  • Regulatory Agencies and Policy Makers

Executive Summary

1. State of the Market
  1.1. 2015: Temporary Decline or Transition Year?
  1.2. State of the Market: Manufacturing
    1.2.1. Global Overview
    1.2.2. Communications Markets
    1.2.3. Earth Observation Markets
    1.2.4. Others Markets: Navigation, Science & Situational Awareness
    1.2.5. Who are the Customers?
1.3. State of the Market: Launch Services
    1.3.1. GEO Launch Services Market
    1.3.2. Non-GEO Launch Services Market
    1.3.3. GEO and Non-GEO Launch Services Markets Comparison
    1.3.4. Risk & Reliability
  1.4. NewSpace and Satellite Manufacturing Discussion
    1.4.1. Broadening Architectures & Financing Practices
    1.4.2. Return on Investment
    1.4.3. Payload Technology
    1.4.4. Manufacturing Approaches
    1.4.5. Launch and Early Orbit Trade-Offs
    1.4.6. Satellite Servicing
  1.5. Constellations Assessment
    1.5.1. A New Take on an Old Model
    1.5.2. Communications
    1.5.3. Earth Observation

2. Competitive Landscape
  2.1. Competitive Dynamics
    2.1.1. Open and Captive Market Dynamics
    2.1.2. Open and Captive Markets: 2015
    2.1.3. Current and Emerging Players
    2.1.4. International Trade Environment
  2.2. Manufacturing Competitive Landscape
    2.2.1. Manufacturing Market Share
    2.2.2. Manufacturer Strategic Profiles
    2.2.3. Platform Comparative Assessment: GEO and non-GEO
    2.2.4. Upgrades & Next Generation Platforms
  2.3. Launch Services Competitive Landscape
    2.3.1. Launch Service Provider Market Share
    2.3.2. Launch Service Provider Strategic Profiles
    2.3.3. Domestic Launch Market Updates
    2.3.4. Launch Vehicle Strategic Index
    2.3.5. Upgrades & Next Generation Launchers
    2.3.6. Reusability

3. Forecasts
  3.1. Global Forecasts
    3.1.1. Global Manufacturing and Launch Services Forecast
    3.1.2. Global Forecast by Market Segment
    3.1.3. Global Forecast by Orbit
    3.1.4. Global Forecast by Customer Type
  3.2. Satellite Manufacturing Forecasts
    3.2.1. Commercial GEO Communications
    3.2.2. Government & Military GEO Communications
    3.2.3. Non-GEO Communications
    3.2.4. GEO Earth Observation
    3.2.5. Government & Military Non-GEO Earth Observation
    3.2.6. Commercial Non-GEO Earth Observation
    3.2.7. Others: Navigation, Science, & Situational Awareness
  3.3. Satellite Launch Services Forecasts
    3.3.1. GEO Launch Market
    3.3.2. GEO Launch Market Size
    3.3.3. GEO Launch Costs
    3.3.4. Non-GEO Launch Market
    3.3.5. Non-GEO Launch Market Size
    3.3.6. Non-GEO Launch Costs
    3.3.7. Comparison to Previous Editions

Appendix Methodology & Definitions

List of Exhibits

Ex. 1.1 Global Satellites Ordered and Launched, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.2 Global Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services Market Size, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.3 2015 Satellite Manufacturing Market, by region
Ex. 1.4 2015 Communications Satellite Manufacturing Market, by vertical
Ex. 1.5 2015 Communications Satellite Manufacturing Market, by region
Ex. 1.6 2015 EO Satellite Manufacturing Market, by vertical
Ex. 1.7 2015 EO Satellite Manufacturing Market, by region
Ex. 1.8 2015 Navigation, Science, & Situational Awareness Satellite Manufacturing Market, by vertical
Ex. 1.9 2015 Navigation, Science, & Situational Awareness Satellite Manufacturing Market, by region
Ex. 1.10 GEO Communications Satellite Operator Profile, 2011 – 2015 Orders
Ex. 1.11 Earth Observation Satellite Operator Profile, 2011 – 2015 Orders
Ex. 1.12 2015 GEO Launch Services Market, by vertical
Ex. 1.13 2015 GEO Launch Services Market, by region
Ex. 1.14 2015 Non–GEO Launch Services Market, by vertical
Ex. 1.15 2015 Non–GEO Launch Services Market, by region
Ex. 1.16 Launches & Satellites Launched by Orbit, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.17 Launch Technical Reliability Record, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.18 GEO Launch Delay Distribution, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.19 Non– GEO Launch Delay Distribution, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.20 Commercial GEO and MEO Satellites in Orbit
Ex. 1.21 Evolution of Cost per Gbps in Orbit
Ex. 1.22 How to Use Mass Savings from EP
Ex. 1.23 Commercial GEO Electric vs Hybrid Propulsion Orders, 2011 – 2015
Ex. 1.24 Addressable Market for GEO Life Extension, EOY 2015
Ex. 1.25 Planned Communications Constellation Deployments

Ex. 2.1 Benefits and Drawbacks of Captive Market from Commercial Perspective
Ex. 2.2 2015 Manufacturing Revenue, Open & Captive by orbit
Ex. 2.3 2015 Launch Revenue, Open & Captive by orbit
Ex. 2.4 2015 Open and Captive Markets, by Region
Ex. 2.5 Global Satellite Manufacturing Capabilities
Ex. 2.6 2015 Satellite Manufacturers Market Share, Commercial GEO Satcom
Ex. 2.7 2011 – 2015 Satellite Manufacturers Market Share, Commercial GEO Satcom
Ex. 2.8 2011 – 2015 Satellite Manufacturers Market Share, Commercial Non–GEO Earth Observation
Ex. 2.9 2011 – 2015 Satellite Manufacturers Market Share, Commercial Non–GEO Communications
Ex. 2.10 Satellite Manufacturer Strategic Profiles 1
Ex. 2.11 Satellite Manufacturer Strategic Profiles 2
Ex. 2.12 Satellite Manufacturer Strategic Profiles 3
Ex. 2.13 GEO Platforms Mass Efficiency vs Payload Power
Ex. 2.14 Non–GEO Platforms Mass Efficiency vs Payload Power
Ex. 2.15 2015 Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial GEO Satellites
Ex. 2.16 2011 – 2015 Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial GEO Satellites
Ex. 2.17 2016 & Backlog, Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial GEO Satellite
Ex. 2.18 2015 Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial Non GEO Satellites
Ex. 2.19 2011 – 2015 Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial Non GEO Satellites
Ex. 2.20 2016 & Backlog, Launch Services Provider Market Share, Commercial Non GEO Satellite
Ex. 2.21 Launch Service Provider Strategic Profiles 1
Ex. 2.22 Launch Service Provider Strategic Profiles 2
Ex. 2.23 Launch Service Provider Strategic Profiles 3
Ex. 2.24 Launch Service Provider Strategic Profiles 4
Ex. 2.25 GEO Launch Vehicle Competitiveness Index
Ex. 2.26 Non–GEO Launch Vehicle Competitiveness Index
Ex. 2.27 Commercially Available GTO Capabilities
Ex. 2.28 Commercially Availability of non–GEO Vehicles

Ex. 3.1 Global Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.2 Global Satellite Launches, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.3 Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services Revenue, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.4 Satellite Launches by Application, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.5 Satellite Manufacturing Market Size by Application, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.6 Launch Services Market Size by Application, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.7 Satellite Launches by Orbit, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.8 Satellite Manufacturing Market Size by Orbit, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.9 Launch Services Market Size by Orbit, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.10 Satellite Launches by Customer, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.11 Satellite Manufacturing Market Size by Customer, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.12 Launch Services Market Size by Customer, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.13 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.14 2016 – 2025 Regional Trends, Commercial GEO Communications
Ex. 3.15 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Payload Type, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.16 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Payload Power Distribution, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.17 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Propulsion Type, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.18 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.19 2011 – 2025 Propulsion Trends, Satellite Orders
Ex. 3.20 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.21 Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Manufacturing Open and Captive Market Sizes, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.22 Comparison of Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.23 Comparison of Commercial GEO Communications Satellite Manufacturing Forecasts
Ex. 3.24 G&M GEO Communications Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.25 2016 – 2025 Regional Trends, G&M GEO Communications
Ex. 3.26 G&M GEO Communications Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.27 G&M GEO Communications Satellite Manufacturing Revenue, 2015 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.28 G&M GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 - 2025
Ex. 3.29 Comparison of G&M GEO Communications Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.30 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.31 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Launches, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.32 Non–GEO Communications Market Players
Ex. 3.33 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.34 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Manufacturing Revenue, 2016 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.35 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Orders, 2016 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.36 Non–GEO Communications Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.37 Comparison of Non–GEO Communications Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.38 GEO EO Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.39 2016 – 2025 Regional Trends, GEO EO
Ex. 3.40 GEO EO Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.41 GEO EO Satellite Manufacturing Revenues, 2015 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.42 GEO EO Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.43 Comparison of GEO EO Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.44 G&M Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.45 2016 – 2025 Regional Trends, G&M Non–GEO EO
Ex. 3.46 G&M Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.47 G&M Non–GEO EO Satellite Manufacturing Revenue, 2015 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.48 G&M Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.49 Comparison of G&M Non–GEO EO Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.50 Commercial Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.51 Non–GEO EO Market Players
Ex. 3.52 Commercial Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.53 Commercial Non–GEO EO Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.54 Commercial Non–GEO EO Satellite Manufacturing Revenue, 2015 – 2025, Open vs Captive
Ex. 3.55 Comparison of Commercial Non–GEO EO Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.56 Others Satellite Orders, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.57 2016 – 2025 Regional Trends, Others
Ex. 3.58 Others Satellite Orders & Manufacturing Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.59 Others Satellite Manufacturing Market Size, 2016 – 2025
Ex. 3.60 Others Satellite Orders – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.61 Comparison of Others Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.62 Comparison of Others Satellite Manufacturing Forecasts
Ex. 3.63 GEO Satellite Launches, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.64 GEO Launch Services by Application, 2016 – 2030
Ex. 3.65 GEO Satellite Launches – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.66 GEO Satellite Launch Services Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.67 GEO Satellite Launches - Open & Captive, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.68 GEO Launch Services Open & Captive Market Size, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.69 GEO Launch Services , 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.70 GEO Satellite Launch Services Launch Cost, Open & Captive, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.71 2011 – 2025 Regional Trends, GEO Satellite Launch Services Launch Cost
Ex. 3.72 Non–GEO Satellite Launches, 2011 – 2030
Ex. 3.73 Non–GEO Launch Services by Application, 2016 – 2030
Ex. 3.74 Non–GEO Satellite Launches – Mass Distribution, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.75 Non–GEO Satellite Launch Services Market Size, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.76 Non–GEO Satellite Launches - Open & Captive, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.77 Non–GEO Launch Services Open & Captive Market Size, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.78 Non–GEO Launch Services, 2015 – 2025
Ex. 3.79 Non–GEO Satellite Launch Services, Launch Cost, Open & Captive, 2011 – 2025
Ex. 3.80 2011 – 2025 Regional Trends, Non–GEO Satellite Launch Services Launch Cost
Ex. 3.81 GEO – Comparison of Satellite Launch Forecasts
Ex. 3.82 Non-GEO – Comparison of Satellite Launch Forecasts