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US Defense Satellite Market, Forecast to 2023

US Defense Satellite Market, Forecast to 2023

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing for a conflict that it expects will take place above the Earth, in space. As the nation with the largest number of satellites, it is taking every precaution to ensure that these systems are safeguarded and constantly operational. US adversaries' threats are evolving with the use of cyber techniques and spoofing tactics and the development of anti-satellite weapons to render these space vehicles ineffective. The protection of satellites is paramount to ensure that US military capabilities (surveillance, missile detection, command and control) are available and operational. Enhancing satellite system signal strength and anti-jamming capability are trends attracting more competitors into the market. Funding for defense space programs is escalating and is opening window of opportunity for companies to enter the defense satellite market; however, those windows close quickly.

Research Scope

The focus of this research is to examine the portion of the US satellite market specifically reserved for use by DoD agencies. It includes spending on the following segments:

Asset Defense: Programs and development efforts to protect the functionality of defense satellite systems.

Asset Development: Research and development efforts intended to enhance the capabilities of defense satellite systems in all categories.

Communications (comms): Satellite communications (SATCOM) systems dedicated to support DoD operations.

Detection/Warning: Development, upgrades, and maintenance of satellite systems that serve as an essential element in the process of alerting US defense entities of an impending attack.

Ground Elements: Support components on the ground that control and track satellite systems. Ground elements are also key nodes that collect and relay information generated by satellite systems.

Meteorological: Developments of satellite systems dedicated to provide weather data for military operational planning and execution.

Position Navigation and Timing (PNT): Global positioning satellites (GPS) provide essential PNT that enhance warfighter capabilities.

Surveillance: This segment focuses on the spending allocated for the observation of space assets, whether from the ground or from space.

Key Issues Addressed

Is the defense satellite market growing, and which segments are landing the highest value of government contracts?

Which companies are leading the market, and how are they ranked?

What factors are driving or restraining the market?

What significant trends are occurring in the market?

Are there any growth opportunities in the market?

Key Conclusion

Detailed spending on the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) and National Intelligence Program (NIP) are not publicly released due to their sensitive nature. Therefore, Frost & Sullivan assumes the forecast presented is somewhat less than what will actually be spent through the research period.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Market Definitions
    • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Drivers and Restraints-Total Defense Satellite Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total Defense Satellite Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Defense Satellite Market: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Defense Satellite Market-Spending Forecast
      • Table Total Defense Satellite Market: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
      • Table Total Defense Satellite Market: Spending Forecast Breakdown by Segment, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis- Total Defense Satellite Market
    • Market Share
    • Market Share Analysis
    • Competitive Environment
    • Top Competitors
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1: Software Development
    • Growth Opportunity 2: Radio Frequency Resilience
    • Strategic Imperatives for Defense Satellite Market Providers
  • Asset Defense Segment Analysis
    • Asset Defense Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Asset Defense Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Asset Defense Spending Forecast
      • Table Asset Defense Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Asset Development Segment Analysis
    • Asset Development Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Asset Development Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Asset Development Spending Forecast
      • Table Asset Development Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Comms Segment Analysis
    • Comms Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Comms Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Comms Spending Forecast
      • Table Comms Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Detection/Warning Segment Analysis
    • Detection/Warning Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Detection/Warning Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Detection/Warning Spending Forecast
      • Table Detection/Warning Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Ground Element Segment Analysis
    • Ground Element Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Ground Element Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Ground Element Spending Forecast
      • Table Ground Element Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Meteorological Segment Analysis
    • Meteorological Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Meteorological Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Meteorological Spending Forecast
      • Table Meteorological Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • PNT Segment Analysis
    • PNT Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table PNT Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • PNT Spending Forecast
      • Table PNT Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Surveillance Segment Analysis
    • Surveillance Segment Key Findings
      • Table Important Segment Characteristics
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Surveillance Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Surveillance Spending Forecast
      • Table Surveillance Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017-2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Additional Sources of Information on Study Topic

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