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Small Satellite Value Chain Assessment, 2017

Small Satellite Value Chain Assessment, 2017

Small satellites have evolved from being mere technology demonstrators to providing low-cost operational services across the distributed industry segments. Hence, it becomes important to track the evolving small satellite value chain and the various aspects creating ripples in the value chain, having a cascading effect. Many small satellite constellation operators, amounting to more than 2,500 satellites in the low Earth orbit (LEO), have advanced in their development processes, growing to have the potential to disrupt the downstream services market by providing low-cost solutions across the industrial segments. With new operators entering the space industry with small satellite missions, the value chain dynamics will evolve to accommodate constellation satellite requirements. Multiple ongoing growth opportunities include high-volume subsystem demand, dedicated launch services for small satellites, capacity expansion of ground station services, and standard platforms for downstream services. The key benefit of small satellites is the creation of an upstream recurring demand for high-volume manufacturing and low-cost downstream services, resulting in a sustainable small satellite ecosystem evolution.

What makes this study unique?
An intensive study, comprising more than 300 companies, is carried out for the detailed segmentation and positioning of these companies, based on region, products, services, and value propositions. The stakeholders in the value chain, i.e., component manufacturers, subsystem manufacturers, satellite manufacturers, satellite operators, ground station operators, launch service providers, and downstream service providers, will benefit by understanding the industry trends, segmented competitive landscape, evolving technologies, new entrants value propositions, and the involvement of governments. The study also profiles key participants/technologies with the potential to revolutionize the space industry as a whole, such as serial production, single-manifest launch services, and the ‘uberization’ of ground stations.

Research Scope
This research service focuses on the small satellites value chain assessment.
Geographic scope of the study: Global
End-user scope of the study: All companies related to the space industry

Key Issues Addressed
How is the small satellite value chain dynamics evolving?
Who are the major participants in the value chain, and how are they segmented?
What is the impact of each value chain segment on the small satellite industry?
How do the identification and segmentation of the companies with extended roles in the value chain impact the value chain at large?
What are the value propositions and the effect of the following on the small satellite value chain?

o New entrants
o New products and technologies
o Potential disruptors
o New business models
o New services
o Government involvement


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Research Scope and Segmentation
    • Research Scope
    • Definitions and Segmentations
    • Small Satellites-Subsystem Manufacturers
    • Component Manufacturers and Launch Vehicles
    • Ground Stations and Service Providers
  • Small Satellites Value Chain
    • Value Chain
    • Value Chain Dynamics
    • Analysis and Discussion
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Industry Ecosystem
    • Major Growth Opportunities
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Satellite Manufacturers
    • Segmentation by Region
    • Segmentation by Mass and Mission
    • Regional Positioning of Satellite Manufacturers
  • Subsystem Manufacturers
    • Cube-Sat Subsystem Manufacturers
    • Cube-Sat Subsystem Manufacturers-Positioning
    • Micro-Sat Subsystem Manufacturers
    • Micro-Sat Subsystem Manufacturers-Positioning
    • Small Sat Subsystem Manufacturers
    • Small Sat Subsystem Manufacturers-Positioning
  • Component Manufacturers
  • Launch Service Providers
    • Small Satellite Launch Vehicles
  • Small Satellite Operators and Service Providers
    • Constellations Operators
    • Constellations Operators and Service Providers
    • Analysis and Discussion
    • Service Providers
    • Positioning of Service Providers
  • Small Satellite Ground Stations
    • Ground Stations
    • Ground Station-Locations
  • Extended Roles in Value Chain
    • Extended Role in Value Chain
    • Analysis and Discussion
  • New Entrants-Value Propositions and Case Studies
    • New Entrants-Value Propositions
    • OneWeb-Case Study
    • Cubecab-Case Study
  • New Technologies and Products
    • Serial Production, IIoT, and Additive Manufacturing
    • SAR on Small Satellite Platform
    • Space-based Relay Station
    • Electric Propulsion
    • De-orbit System
  • Potential Disruptors-Case Studies
    • Uberization of Ground Stations
    • Planet-Case Study
  • New Business Models
    • Uberization of Ground Stations
    • Analysis and Discussion
    • eCommerce for Small Sat Systems and Services
    • eCommerce-Analysis and Discussion
  • New Services
    • Connectivity Services
    • GIS Services
  • Government Agencies
    • NASA and Small Satellites
    • ESA and Small Satellites
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix

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