Satellite Communications

Optical Satellite Communications, 2nd Edition

PUBLISHED: February 2020

Available Licenses: Standard: $4,595 Enterprise: $8,595

  • Report Summary
  • Key Features
  • Table of Contents
  • Supporting Articles

NSR’s Optical Satellite Communications, 2nd Edition (OSC2) is the industry’s only report analyzing the evolving space-based laser communication ecosystem, diving deep into the various connectivity and Earth Observation market segments. Free-space optical communication (FSOC) systems have risen in recent years as a potential alternative to increasingly crowded RF communication channels, with power savings, higher bandwidth, lower mass and antenna sizes. This report offers key insights into trends shaping the optical satcom market, the different target segments, as well as a complete assessment and forecast of manufacturing and service revenue opportunities for shipped equipment globally.

NSR’s OSC2 report is segmented by optical link types: Space-Space (Inter-Satellite Links) and Space-Ground (Direct-to-Earth) and analyzes the market demand for space-based laser communications terminals (LCTs) across these segments. The report further categorizes these links across the major target applications identified: Constellations, Earth Observation and Data Relay Systems.

Apart from being the only market report on the LCT industry, this report leverages NSR’s leading research into the small satellite, constellations, VSAT and EO markets.

Key Questions Answered in this Report: 

  • In which applications will space-based laser communication have the greatest impact in the near-term?
  • What are the key market trends driving this industry?
  • What will be the market size for LCTs over the next ten years? Where is the growth story?
  • What is the revenue forecast for services in the industry?
  • Who are the main LCT manufacturers, and data downlink players? What is their current status and when will their products/services be available for customers?
  • What is the revenue forecast for FSOC equipment in space? How is this split across applications, regions and scenarios?

Bottom Line: How does NSR see the market for optical satellite communications evolving over the next ten years?

NSR’s Optical Satellite Communications, 2nd Edition report tracks developments in the FSOC market landscape and target applications, combining information from interviews with prominent industry players with through secondary research.

Who Should Purchase this Report?

  • Satellite Communications Equipment Manufacturers
  • EO and HTS Satellite Operators
  • Data Downlink Service Providers: Relay Network and Ground Station Operators
  • Financial Institutions and Investors
  • Agencies Funding FSOC Research
  • Opto-Electronic Systems Players
  • System Integrators
  • R&D Organizations

Companies and Organizations Mentioned in OSC2

Airbus, Amazon, Analytical Space, Archangel Lightworks, Astrogate Labs, ATLAS Space Operations, Ball Aerospace, Boeing, BridgeComm, Cloud Constellation, Empower Space, ESA, Es’hailSat, EXA, GHGSat, Honeywell, ICEYE, KSAT, Laser Light Communications, Loon, LyteLoop, Maxar Technologies,  mBryonics, Mynaric, NASA, Odysseus Space, RBC Signals, Sinclair Interplanetary, SKY Perfect JSAT, SpaceX, SSC, Telesat, Tesat-Spacecom, Thales Alenia Space, Transcelestial Technologies, and Xenesis.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Definitions, Overview & Scope 

  1. Market Overview
    1. FSOC: Overview
      1. FSOC: Market Considerations
    2. Market Trends
      1. Riding the Mega-Constellation Wave
      2. Small Satellite Downlink Demand
      3. Secure Communications & QKD
    3. Key Industry Updates: Deals
  2. Market Landscape
    1. Equipment Manufacturers
      1. Ball Aerospace
      2. BridgeComm
      3. Mynaric AG
      4. Odysseus Space
      5. Sinclair Interplanetary
      6. Tesat-Spacecom
      7. Thales Alenia Space
      8. Other Early Stage Manufacturers
    2. Connectivity Market
      1. nGEO Constellations
      2. Data Relay Networks
        1. Airbus (SpaceDataHighway)
        2. Analytical Space
        3. Skyloom
      3. Space-based Data Storage Networks
    3. Earth Observation Market
    4. Optical Ground Segment
      1. Established Players vs. Emerging Players
  3. Market Forecasts
    1. Global Market Forecasts
      1. Shipped Units
        1. Shipped Units (Comms & EO)
        2. Equipment Revenues
        3. Service Revenues
        4. Forecast Comparison: Communications
        5. Forecast Comparison: Earth Observation
      2. Space-Space Link Forecasts
        1. Shipped Units – Communications
        2. Shipped Units – Earth Observation
        3. Equipment Revenues
      3. Space-Ground Link Forecasts
        1. Shipped Units
        2. Equipment Revenues
      4. The Bottom Line

Appendix: Report Methodology 

List of Exhibits

  1. Market Overview
    • Industry Deals & NSR Insights
  2. Market Landscape
    • OSC Market Landscape
    • OSC Equipment Players Market Readiness
  3. Market Forecasts
    • Optical Satcom Terminals, by Scenario
    • Optical Satcom Terminals for Communication, by Scenario
    • Optical Satcom Terminals for Earth Observation, by Scenario
    • Optical Satcom Equipment Cumulative Revenues, by Application
    • Optical Satcom Equipment Revenues, by Link
    • Optical Satcom Service Revenues, by Application
    • Optical Satcom Service Revenues, by Region
    • Optical Satcom Terminals for Comms, by Edition
    • Optical Satcom Equipment Revenues for COMMS, by Edition
    • Optical Satcom Terminals for EO, by Edition
    • Optical Satcom Equipment Revenues for EO, by Edition
    • Optical ISL Terminals for Communications, by Scenario
    • Optical ISL Terminals for Earth Observation, by Scenario
    • Optical ISL Equipment Revenues, by Region
    • Optical ISL Equipment Revenues, by Application
    • Optical DTE Terminals, by Scenario
    • Optical DTE Terminals, by Region
    • Optical DTE Equipment Revenues, by Region
    • Optical DTE Equipment Revenues, by Application
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