Satellite Communications

Satellite Constellations, A Critical Assessment, 2nd Edition

PUBLISHED: June 2019

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

NSR’s Satellite Constellations: A Critical Assessment, 2nd Edition (SC2) is the industry’s leading resource for evaluating viability of emerging satellite constellations.  This critical NSR report provides an in-depth competitive assessment of key satellite communication constellations within the HTS and IoT market segments. It reviews various aspects of the business case including funding, manufacture and launch strategy, ground infrastructure costs, licencing, and service distribution. NSR’s assessment considers the market impact of recent announcements, launches, customer demand, changes in project plans and technological development, providing a baseline scenario for the future rollout and growth trends of Non-GEO markets over a ten-year period. 

Amidst a turbulent market for traditional satcom solutions, LEO/MEO constellations promise to change the industry paradigm and ignite the next era of satcom growth.  Potentially expanding customer bases and revenue streams through new applications, more bandwidth, and lower latency, satellite constellations stand to represent the evolution of the satcom industry. However, given the numerous challenges to both their launch and success, NSR’s Satellite Constellations: A Critical Assessment, 2nd Edition report dives into the various aspects of the business, taking a stance on the future viability of satellite constellations. 


Bottom Line: What does NSR foresee as the financial and potential launch viability for the Satellite Constellations Market over the next 10 years.


NSR’s Satellite Constellations: A Critical Assessment, 2nd Edition report provides a comprehensive assessment of the emerging Non-GEO market through an analysis of the leading players in two market segments: HTS and IoT. 

Companies and Organizations Mentioned in this Report: 

Aerial Maritime, Airbus, ALCAN Systems, Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Analytical Space, Arianespace, AstroDigital, Astrocast, Astrome, Astroscale, Audacy, Axelspace, Ball Aerospace, BlackSky Global, Blue Origin, EarthCube, Earth-I, ExactEarth, Fleet, General Dynamics, GeoOptics, GHGSat, Gilat, Hawkeye360, HeliosWire, Hera Systems, Hiber, Hispasat, HNS, Iceye, Innovative Solutions in Space, Iridium, Isotropic Systems, Kepler, Leaf Space, LeoSat, Maxar, Myriota, OneWeb, Phasor Solutions, PlanetIQ, Qualcomm, Relativity, SAS, Sat4M2M, Satellogic, Satlantis, SES, Sky Perfect JSAT, Skyband, Spacebelt, SpaceVR, SpaceX, Spire, Telesat, Thales, ThinKom, Thuraya, Transcelestial, Urthecast, Vector, ViaSat, Virgin Galactic, and Yaliny.

Table of Contents 

Executive Summary

  1. Industry Overview
    1. Announced Constellations – The List Grows 
    2. Constellations – Drivers & Restraints 
    3. IoT Constellations 
    4. Constellations – Current Landscape 
    5. Amazon Constellation: Why?
  2. Key Parameters
    1. Key Parameters – Funding
    2. Key Parameters – Launch Strategy
    3. Key Parameters – Manufacturing Strategy
    4. Key Parameters – FCC & ITU Filings
    5. Key Parameters – Ground Segment
  3. Constellation Status
    1. Non-GEO HTS – Constellations Summary
    2. OneWeb
    3. SpaceX
    4. Telesat
    5. LeoSat
    6. SES
    7. Amazon
    8. Non-GEO IoT – Constellations Summary
    9. Astrocast
    10. Fleet
    11. Hiber
  4. Non-GEO HTS CAPEX Assessment
    1. Non-GEO HTS Constellations – Launch Plans
    2. Non-GEO HTS Constellations – Launch Scenarios
    3. Non-GEO HTS Constellations – CAPEX Assessment
  5. Non-GEO HTS Revenues Forecast
    1. Methodology
    2. Non-GEO HTS – Total Addressable Market
    3. Non-GEO HTS – Revenue Forecast – Capacity
    4. Non-GEO HTS – Revenue Forecast – Capacity & Service
    5. Total HTS Revenue Forecast
  6. Non-GEO HTS Critical Assessment
    1. Non-GEO HTS – CAPEX & Funding Comparison
    2. Non-GEO HTS – Revenues & Expenses
    3. Non-GEO HTS – Additional Revenues
  7. Non-GEO IoT Critical Assessment
    1. Non-GEO IoT – CAPEX Assessment
    2. Non-GEO IoT – Revenue Strategy
    3. Non-GEO IoT – Revenue Forecast
    4. Non-GEO IoT – CAPEX & Revenue Assessment 

 Appendix: Methodology 

  • NSR Forecast Methodology – Base Data 
  • NSR Forecast Methodology – Growth Rates 
  • NSR Forecast Methodology – Assumptions 
  • The NSR Difference 


List of Exhibits 

Executive Summary 

Chapter 1: Industry Overview 

  • Planned Satellite Constellations by Application 
  • Constellations – Drivers & Restraints 
  • IoT Constellations 
  • Constellations – Current Landscape 

Chapter 2: Key Parameters 

  • Funding 
  • Launch Strategy 
  • Manufacturing Strategy 
  • In-House vs Outsourced Production 
  • Non-GEO HTS Ground Infrastructure Complexity Flow Chart 
  • Global FPA Shipped Units – High Growth Scenario 
  • Ground Segment NSR Insights 

Chapter 3: Constellation Status 

  • Non-GEO HTS – Constellation Summary 
  • OneWeb Status Check 
  • SpaceX Status Check 
  • Telesat Status Check 
  • LeoSat Status Check 
  • SES Status Check 
  • Amazon Status Check 
  • Non-GEO IoT – Constellations Summary 
  • Astrocast Status Check 
  • Fleet Status Check 
  • Hiber Status Check 

Chapter 4: Non-GEO HTS CAPEX Analysis 

  • Non-GEO HTS Cumulative Satellites Planned 
  • Non-GEO HTS Constellation Scenario Assumptions 
  • Non-GEO HTS Satellite Launch Scenarios by Constellation 
  • Non-GEO HTS Cumulative Annual Satellite Launched by Scenario 
  • Non-GEO HTS Full System CAPEX by Constellation 
  • Non-GEO HTS Full System CAPEX and Replenishment Cost, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO System CAPEX Split by Constellation – Base Scenario 
  • Non-GEO IoT System CAPEX – 2018-2028 
  • Non-GEO IoT CAPEX and Replenishment Cost, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO IoT System CAPEX Split 

Chapter 5: Non-GEO HTS Revenues Forecast 

  • Global Non-GEO HTS Capacity Revenues by Vertical 
  • Global Non-GEO HTS Service and Capacity Revenues by Vertical 
  • Global HTS Revenues 

Chapter 6: Non-GEO HTS Critical Assessment 

  • Non-GEO HTS Base Scenario CAPEX and Funding Comparison, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO HTS Cumulative Expenses and Capacity Revenues Comparison, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO HTS Cumulative Expenses and Service and Capacity Revenues Comparison, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO HTS – Cumulative Revenue Split, 2018-2028

Chapter 7: Non-GEO IoT Revenues Forecast 

  • Non-GEO IoT CAPEX and Replenishment Cost, 2018-2028 
  • Non-GEO IoT System CAPEX Split 
  • Non-GEO IoT – Revenue Strategy 
  • Non-GEO IoT Smallsat Revenues 
  • Non-GEO IoT SmallSat Cumulative Revenues, 2018-2028 
  • Global IoT Revenues Via Satellite Market 
  • Global IoT Revenues Via Satellite Market, 2018 – 2028 
  • Non-GEO IoT CAPEX and Funding Comparison, 2018-2028 
  • Non-GEO IoT Cumulative Expenses and Revenues Comparison, 2018-2028 
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