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Assessment of the Small-Satellite Market 

  • September 2015
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 53 pages

Assessment of the Small-Satellite Market : Persistent Earth-Observation/GIS Analytics and Broadband Connectivity for Remote Locations to Dominate the 2015-2020 Timeline

This market insight covers the small-satellite market from an Earth-imaging standpoint. It touches on the research and commercial versions of small-satellite technology. Other domains such as in-orbit debris mitigation and satellite-based internet services have also been covered. The study attempts to identify the differentiating factors and success factors, and estimates the revenue for the small-satellite imaging market. The small-satellite launch forecast for 2015-2020 has also been provided. The study ends with key pointers for capitalizing on this growing market that can benefit suppliers and service providers in the small-satellite imaging market.

Key Findings

The number of small satellites to be launched between 2015 and 2020 is . More than % of these belong to the micro/mini-satellite segment.

- Small satellites lost in launch failures in 2015 will result in an increase in the demand for small-satellite launch services in 2016. OneWeb’s satellite constellation will account for % of the total small-satellite launch demand during 2015–2020.
- The small-satellite imaging market is estimated to be valued at $ million in 2015 and reach $ million in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of % from 2015 to 2020. However, this revenue only represents the partial revenue that small-satellite imagery will take away from the existing satellite imaging market.
- % of the small satellites to be launched during 2015–2020 will belong to commercial organizations looking to enter the Earth observation/imaging market with diverse imaging data services using cloud/Big Data technologies.
- Recent research efforts of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have resulted in the successful integration of high-resolution sensors onboard small-satellite platforms.
- Although small-satellite imagery data products will compete with existing products, they will account for about % of the existing market in 2020. The evolution of web-based analytics platforms and customized analytics algorithms will bring in new customers that previously had no access to satellite data.
- Upcoming dedicated small-satellite launch services will drive the imaging and analytics market owing to the reducing launch costs for small-satellite missions.



Table Of Contents

Assessment of the Small-Satellite Market 
Table Of Contents
1 ASSESSMENT OF THE SMALL-SATELLITE MARKET

Executive Summary
1 Small Satellites—Conventions and Current Status
2 Key Findings
3 Small-Satellite Market—Key Differentiators
4 Small-Satellite Missions—Pros and Cons

Recent and Upcoming Research Efforts
1 Cubesats in Interplanetary Mission
2 Cubesat for Remote Sensing on Moon
3 Cubesats for Testing Inter-Satellite Communication (ESA)
4 Inter-Satellite Communication Link for Micro-Sats (DARPA)
5 High-Resolution Sensor in a Small-Satellite Platform
6 Small-Satellite Research Efforts—Future Implications

Recent Upcoming Business Efforts—Imaging/GIS Analytics Services
1 Market Overview—Uniting Themes and Success Factors
2 Market Overview—Uniting Themes and Success Factors
3 PlanetiQ
4 Spire Global Inc
5 Planet Labs Inc
6 Urthecast Corp
7 Skybox Imaging Inc
8 BlackSky Global
9 Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology (21AT)
10 GeoOptics Inc
11 OmniEarth Inc

Recent Upcoming Business Efforts—Other Small-Satellite-Based Services
1 Astroscale Pte Ltd
2 OneWeb Ltd
3 Key Trends of Evolving Small-Satellite-Based Services

Small-Satellite Launch Forecast
1 Small-Satellite Launch Forecast
2 Commercial Imagery Small-Sat Launch Forecast
3 Small-Satellite Launch Forecast Discussion

Small-Satellite Imaging Market
1 Small-Satellites Imaging Market—Partial Revenue Forecast
2 Satellite Imaging Market—Revenue Forecast
3 Small-Satellite Imaging Market—Revenue Forecast
4 Small-Satellite Imaging Market—Revenue Forecast Discussion
5 Small-Satellite Imaging Market—Winners and Success Factors

Strategic Recommendations
1 Key Pointers for Capitalizing on the Fast Growing Market
2 Legal Disclaimer

The Frost and Sullivan Story
1 The Frost and Sullivan Story
2 Value Proposition—Future of Your Company and Career
3 Global Perspective
4 Industry Convergence
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6 Implementation Excellence
7 Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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