Small satellite market to see decade of robust growth

Small satellite market to see decade of robust growth

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By Wisse Hettinga

The US$ 2.31 Bn small satellites market is expected to reach beyond US$ 8.9 Bn in revenues by the end of 2028.

During the assessment period, the small satellites market is anticipated to encounter a few challenges such as space debris problems, insufficiency of skilled resources, and multiple regulatory hurdles. However, advances in space technology and strong governmental support will collectively mitigate such restraints.

By satellite type, nano-satellites are presumed to remain the largest as well as fastest growing segment throughout the forecast period. With around 41 percent revenue share of the market attained in 2017, nano-satellites segment will continue to gain traction due to growing applications in cellular communication. Innovations in IoT technology has also been a significant factor positively impacting the demand for nano-satellites. Up from US$ 946.8 Mn achieved in 2017, this segment is expected to reach beyond US$ 3,000 Mn by the end of 2028.

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Within this 10-year period, nano-satellites segment will reportedly expand at a healthy CAGR of 14 percent. Other satellite type segments are also anticipated to see impressive growth, including mini-satellites, micro-satellites, and pico-satellites. While micro-satellites represent a substantial market value share of above 25 percent, the mini-satellites segment will continue to hold a considerably large share of above 22 percent by value, over the forecast period. Future Market Insights sees growing demand for mini-satellites for weather forecasting and R&D applications.

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Among end-users, defence sector is likely to represent the largest shareholding segment by 2028 end, whereas commercial sector is anticipated to witness higher growth. Defence area has been generating substantial demand for small satellites, covering over 42 percent market value share by 2017 end, whereas the consumption from commercial sector is slated to increase at a high rate and bring in above 31percent share of the market value for commercial segment during the assessment period. As per the regional segmentation analysis, North America will remain the largest market share contributor through to 2028. Western Europe, and SEA and others of APAC will exhibit significant growth over the decade.


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