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NSR Report Projects Satellite Earth Observation Market to Reach $4.5 Billion in Next Decade

Improved Imagery Resolution, Data Supply Growth and Information Products are Foundation for Strong EO Industry Expansion


Cambridge, MA – August 24, 2015 – NSR’s, Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 7th Edition  report, released today, forecasts that data, value-added services and Information Products markets from Earth Observation (EO) will reach $4.5 billion by 2024, from $2.3 billion in 2014.  A thriving Information Products segment will drive the EO market as the industry transitions to an era of very-high resolution imagery and increased adoption of ‘big data’ analytics products in the face of decreasing data prices for medium and high resolution imagery. The market saw a sizable increase of $200 million in 2014 due to an economic recovery leading to greater expenditure by governments, and a thriving Information Products segment.

“From traditional operators to the recent cash-rich EO start-ups, there is definite excitement and apprehension as to what the EO market will look like in the coming years,” said Claude Rousseau, co-author of the report. “The industry is at a point in its development cycle where vast, new, untapped markets could open up. But, this assumes that quality of data and its ease of use and integration in Information Products will continually improve to meet requirements of an increasing large and more sophisticated end-user market,” stated Rousseau.

The supply of sub-meter resolution imagery is likely to explode as multiple small satellite constellations are launched. This trend will require distribution models to be more efficient and secure and put pressure on pricing of medium- and high-resolution data but at the same time, opportunities will grow with very-high resolution (below 50 cm) data for both optical and SAR imagery.

“Commercial satellite EO markets are rapidly transforming, with competing technologies and innovative business models, into data-driven and end-application oriented markets. Though the government is expected to continue as the premium customer for commercial EO satellite operators, large untapped markets like agriculture are gaining interest over Oil & Gas and Location-based services, which have slowed in the past year,” states NSR.

However, margins are shaken up at the satellite operator level, which means the long-awaited shortening of the EO value-chain is well on its way, with vertically-integrated players able to touch almost all parts of the downstream industry.  The market dynamics in commercial satellite EO point to more consolidation in the near future, as operators try to leverage each other’s strengths to better compete for government and commercial market share.


About the Report

NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 7th Edition provides a detailed and thorough analysis of trends affecting the satellite-based EO market and includes a new segmentation on very high resolution data for SAR data and satellite-based imaging.   The report examines the data, value-added services and information products markets. It offers unique analysis of 6 different vertical markets across 5 regions for 4 different type of instrument resolution and 3 types of imagery (optical, SAR, video).  Furthermore, the study includes new analysis of the impact of imagery from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as video images from space-based sensors. It also include forecast for data prices by resolution and type of imagery.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.


About NSR

NSR is one of the top international market research and consulting firms with a core focus on the satellite sector and related industries. Founded in 2000, NSR’s analysts have a combined 150 years of industry experience and are locally based in all regions. NSR specializes in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space, providing unparalleled market insight for global clients across the value chain.