Northern Sky Research

Small Satellite Markets, 3rd Edition

Published: October 2016

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

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NSR delivers clarity and critical market insight.

Small Satellite Markets, 3rd Edition (SSM3) delivers the next chapter in NSR’s analysis of this fast growing market and the new applications, players, and technologies that facilitate such growth. Assessing satellites between 1 and 100 kilograms, SSM3 takes a critical view of the capabilities and potential of these small platforms for Commercial, Government, Military and University players. Building on NSR’s detailed database of past and current small satellite projects complemented with primary research and conversations with players across the value chain, SSM3 presents a thorough analysis of the present market state and emerging dynamics that will drive future activity.

The now regular emergence of constellation projects and investors placing a stake in their view of the “killer app” of small sats mean expanded opportunities for manufacturers and launch service providers offering the right value proposition. In SSM3, NSR quantifies this opportunity by mass segment, application, and region, providing a detailed look at where the market is headed over the next decade.

SSM3 addresses the key questions, including:

  • Will government and military operators embrace the small sat value proposition?
  • To what extent will launch access remain a barrier to market growth?
  • Can all constellation projects succeed?
  • Which applications will drive activity in the next decade?
  • How will SWaP constraints impact market evolution?

NSR Advantage

This NSR Report offers coverage over and above the competition:

- Complete coverage of all primary applications, including assessment of secondary and up-and-coming uses of small satellites
Most refined mass categories in 1-100 kg range to identify discrete growth in both launch rates and market value
Full 10-year forecasts for each mass range, region, and application
Separate constellation and individual satellite launch and mass forecasts to track trends in both operational models
Studied alongside NSR’s long running analysis of satellites in any mass range, from small sats to multi-ton birds, to take into account dynamics spanning the satellite industry and the trends impacting operator decision-making

The Report Includes:

  • Analysis of the role nano and microsatellites play in the satellite industry value chain
  • A base forecast of the number of satellites to launch in each application, region, mass range, and by which operator types
  • Manufacturing and Launch Revenue forecasts for each application, region, and mass range
  • 2015 Manufacturer and Launch Service Provider market share
  • Pricing trends
  • Assessment of Constellation project landscape

Data Segmentation

NSR’s Small Satellite Markets, 3rd Edition provides a comprehensive assessment of the current and future market through an analysis of six verticals, each vertical further segmented into five regions and five mass categories with an added segment of four operator types.

Executive Summary
Scope & Definitions 
1. Market Characterization
  1.1. Market Overview
    1.1.1. 2015 Market Performance 
    1.1.2. 2011 – 2015 Market Trends
    1.1.3. 2011 – 2015 Manufacturing and Launch Revenue
  1.2. Business Models & Operations
    1.2.1. Main Applications
    1.2.2. Market Drivers
    1.2.3. Market Restraints
    1.2.4. Orbital Trends 
  1.3. Constellations
    1.3.1. Approach
    1.3.2. Communications
    1.3.3. Situational Awareness
    1.3.4. Earth Observation
    1.3.5. Constellation Potential
  1.4. Manufacturing Activities
    1.4.1. Manufacturing Models
    1.4.2. Manufacturing Competitive Landscape 
    1.4.3. Manufacturing Main Players
    1.4.4. Manufacturing Market Share
  1.5. Launch Services
    1.5.1. Launch Practices
    1.5.2. Launch Competitive Landscape
    1.5.3. Launch Provider Market Share 
    1.5.4. Launch Procurement Analysis and Forecast
2. Market Forecasts
  2.1. Global Market
    2.1.1. Global Forecast by Application
    2.1.2. Global Forecast by Mass Category
    2.1.3. Global Forecast by Operator Type
    2.1.4. Global Forecast by Region
    2.1.5. Constellation and Non-Constellation Forecasts
    2.1.6. Comparison with Previous Edition
  2.2. Technology Development Forecasts
    2.2.1. Technology Development Market Landscape
    2.2.2. 1-3 kg
    2.2.3. 3-10 kg
    2.2.4. 10-25 kg
    2.2.5. 25-50 kg
    2.2.6. 50-100 kg
    2.2.7. Comparison with Previous Edition
  2.3. Earth Observation Forecasts
    2.3.1. Earth Observation Market Landscape
    2.3.2. 3-10 kg
    2.3.3. 10-25 kg
    2.3.4. 25-50 kg
    2.3.5. 50-100 kg
    2.3.6. Comparison with Previous Edition
2.4. Science Forecasts
    2.4.1. Science Market Landscape
    2.4.2. 1-3 kg
    2.4.3. 3-10 kg
    2.4.4. 10-25 kg
    2.4.5. 25-50 kg
    2.4.6. 50-100 kg
    2.4.7. Comparison with Previous Edition
2.5. Situational Awareness Forecasts
    2.5.1. Situational Awareness Market Landscape
    2.5.2. 3-10 kg
    2.5.3. 10-25 kg
    2.5.4. 50-100 kg
    2.5.5. Competition & Opportunities in Situational Awareness
    2.5.6. Comparison with Previous Edition
2.6. Communication Forecasts
    2.6.1. Communication Market Landscape
    2.6.2. 1-3 kg
    2.6.3. 3-10 kg
    2.6.4. 10-25 kg
    2.6.5. 25-50 kg
    2.6.6. 50-100 kg
    2.6.7. Comparison with Previous Edition
2.7. Others Forecasts
    2.7.1. Others Market Landscape
    2.7.2. 1-3 kg
    2.7.3. 3-10 kg
    2.7.4. 10-25 kg
    2.7.5. 25-100 kg
    2.7.6. Comparison with Previous Edition
3. Tracing the Industry Impact
  3.1. The New Small Sat Ecosystem
  3.2. Fitting into the Satellite Industry at-large
  3.3. Competition in a Competitive Environment

Appendix: Methodology

List of Exhibits

Executive Summary
    Increasing Launch Rates & Market Value
    1-100 kg Market Trends
    Satellite Launch Rate CAGR
    2015 Mass Distribution
    2025 Mass Distribution
    Constellation & Non-Constellation Launches
    Constellation Satellites to Launch, 2016-2025
Scope & Definitions
    Vertical Definitions
    Regional Definitions
    Mass Definitions
    Operator Definitions
Market Characterization
    1-100 kg Satellite Launch Rate
    Satellites Launched, 2011 and 2015
    Global Satellite Activity by Operator
    Global Satellite Regional Breakdown
    Global Satellite Mass Breakdown
    Manufacturing and Launch Revenue
    Manufacturing and Launch Revenue, 2011-2015 By Vertical and by Mass Segment
    Communications Constellations
    Situational Awareness Constellations
    Earth Observation Constellations
    Constellation Launch Projection
    Benefits of Manufacturing Model for Operator
    Manufacturing Distribution by Operator, 2011-2015
    Manufacturing Distribution by Application, 2011-2015
    Manufacturing Share by Unit, 2011-2015
    Constellation Manufacturing Contracts
    Commercial Manufacturing Activity, 2011-2015
    Type of Launch, 2011-2015
    Launch Service Provider Market Share by Unit, 2011-2015
    Launch Service Provider Market Share by Unit, excluding Cargo, 2011-2015
    Launch Type Forecast
Forecasts
    Global Satellite Launches by Application
    Global Market Value by Application
    Global Satellite Launches by Mass Category
    Global Satellite Mass Launched by Mass Category
    Global Satellite Launches by Operator
    Operator Activity, 2011-2025
    Global Satellite Launches by Region
    Global Market Value by Region
    Constellation & Non-Constellation Launches
    Constellation & Non-Constellation Satellite Launches by Region
    Global Satellite Launches Comparison
    Technology Development Market Evolution
    Tech Dev Satellite Launches by Operator
    Tech Dev 1-3 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Tech Dev 1-3 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Tech Dev 1-3 kg Regional Distribution, 2015 and 2025
    Tech Dev 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Tech Dev 3-10 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Tech Dev 3-10 kg Total Market Value
    Tech Dev 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Tech Dev 10-25 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Tech Dev 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Tech Dev 25-50 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Tech Dev 25-50 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Tech Dev 25-50 kg Satellites Launched by Region
    Tech Dev 50-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Tech Dev 50-100 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Tech Dev 50-100 kg Satellites Launched by Region
    Tech Dev 50-100 kg Total Market Value
    Technology Development Satellite Launches Comparison
    Earth Observation Market Evolution
    Earth Observation Satellite Launches by Operator
    Earth Observation 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Launch Rates, 2016-2025
    Earth Observation 3-10 kg Satellites Launched 
    Earth Observation 3-10 kg Satellite Manufacturing Market Value
    Earth Observation 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Earth Observation 10-25 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Earth Observation 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Earth Observation 25-50 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Earth Observation 25-50 kg Satellites Launched 
    Earth Observation 25-50 kg Satellites Manufacturing and Launch Market Value, 2016-2025 
    Earth Observation 50-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Earth Observation 50-100 kg Satellites Mass Launched
    Earth Observation 50-100 kg Total Market Value
    Earth Observation Satellite Launches Comparison
    Science Market Evolution
    Science Satellite Launches by Operator
    Science 1-3 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Science 1-3 kg Satellites Launched 
    Science 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Science 3-10 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Science 3-10 kg Total Market Value
    Science 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Science 10-25 kg Satellites Launched 
    Science 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Science 25-50 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Science 25-50 kg Satellites Launched 
    Science 25-50 kg Total Market Value
    Science 50-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Science 50-100 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Science 50-100 kg Total Market Value
    Science Satellite Launches Comparison
    Situational Awareness Market Evolution
    Situational Awareness Satellite Launches by Region
    Situational Awareness 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Situational Awareness 3-10 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Situational Awareness 3-10 kg Total Market Value
    Situational Awareness 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Situational Awareness 10-25 kg Satellites Launched 
    Situational Awareness 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Situational Awareness 50-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Situational Awareness 50-100 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Situational Awareness 50-100 kg Total Market Value
    Situational Awareness Satellite Launches
    Situational Awareness Satellite Launches Comparison
    Communications Market Evolution
    Communications Satellite Launches by Region
    Communications 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Communications 3-10 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Communications 3-10 kg Total Market Value
    Communications 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Communications 10-25 kg Satellites Launched
    Communications 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Communications 25-50 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Communications 25-50 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Communications 25-50 kg Satellite Mass Launched
    Communications 25-50 kg Total Market Value
    Communications 50-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Communications 50-100 kg Satellites Launched, 2016-2025 by Region and By Operator
    Communications 50-100 kg Total Market Value
    Communications Satellite Launches Comparison
    Others Market Evolution
    Others Satellite Launches by Operator
    Others 1-3 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Others 1-3 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Others 1-3 kg Satellites Launched by Region
    Others 1-3 kg Total Market Value, 2016-2025
    Others 3-10 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Others 3-10 kg Satellites Launched 
    Others 3-10 kg Total Market Value
    Others 10-25 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Others 10-25 kg Satellites Launched by Operator
    Others 10-25 kg Total Market Value
    Others 25-100 kg Market Share Snapshot
    Others 25-50 kg Satellites Launched and Market Value
    Others 50-100 kg Satellites Launched and Market Value
    Others Satellite Launches Comparison