Small-satellite Launch Services Market, Quarterly Update Q1 2018, Forecast to 2030

Small-satellite Launch Services Market, Quarterly Update Q1 2018, Forecast to 2030

This research study covers the following:
Product scope: Small satellites and launch services market forecast
Geographic scope: Global
End-user scope: All companies related to the space industry. Small satellites have evolved from being a technology demonstrator to providing low-cost operational services across distributed industry segments. It is therefore very essential to investigate the past and current state of the small-satellite market and forecast future scenarios. Many small-satellite constellation operators have made progress with their development processes, and will generate continuous and recurring launch demand for installation and replacement missions of their planned satellite constellations. At present, nearly all small satellites use the rideshare capacity as a secondary payload on existing launch vehicles. This makes their project schedule and mission requirements dependent on the primary payload. Further, the existing rideshare capacity will not be sufficient to address all of the small-satellite launch demand in the future. Many incumbent and new players have sensed the upcoming small-satellite demand and have started planning for providing dedicated services and launch flexibility to small satellite operators, in order to capture a good share of the future small-satellite launch market.

What makes our reports unique?:
A bottom-up and detailed approach is applied to forecast the small-satellite launch demand. The study defines multiple forecast scenarios based on the maturity of satellite operators. More than 200 operators across user segments are considered for the forecast. Number of small satellites, payload mass, and launch revenue are forecast on the basis of defined scenarios, satellite mass classes, and user segments. The study also includes the launch capacity forecast for both the rideshare and dedicated launch services segments and analyses the alignment between the small satellite launch demand and capacity supply.

This study forecasts small-satellite launch demand based on operators' maturity, mass classes, and user segments. It also details the projected small satellite launch capacity supply and analyzes the alignment of launch demand and supply for multiple forecast scenarios. The study includes new developments in the small-satellite value chain for Q4 2017.

Key Issues Addressed
What is the future demand for launching small satellites, based on user segments and mass classes and operators’ maturity, in the forecast period 2018-2030?
What is the future payload mass demand for launching small satellites in the forecast period?
What is the projected revenue of the small-satellite launch market?
What is the forecast launch capacity supply and how aligned is it with the small-satellite launch demand?
What are the key small-satellite and launch vehicle developments in the last quarter of 2017?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Definitions and Segmentations
    • Small Satellites-Definition and Forecast Scenarios
    • Segmentation of Small-satellite Users and Mass Classes
    • Small-satellite and Launch Capacity Forecasts
  • Small-satellite Launch Demand Forecast by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes (Number of Satellites)
    • Small-satellite Launch Demand Forecast Total
      • Table Small-satellite Launch Market: Demand Forecast, Global, 2018-2030
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Forecast by User Segment
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Forecast by User Segment
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Forecast- By Mass Class (kg)
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Forecast-By Mass Class (kg)
  • Payload Mass Forecast by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes
    • Small-satellite Payload Mass Launch Demand Forecast- Total
      • Table Small-satellite Launch Market: Payload Mass Demand Forecast, Global, 2018-2030
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Payload Mass Forecast-By User Segment
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Payload Mass Launch Forecast-By User Segment
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Payload Mass Forecast-By Mass Class (kg)
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Payload Mass Forecast-By Mass Class (kg)
  • Launch Revenue Forecast based on Launch Demand by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes
    • Small-satellite Launch Demand Revenue Forecast-Total
      • Table Small-satellite Launch Market: Launch Demand Revenue Forecast, Global, 2018-2030
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Launch Revenue Forecast-By User Segment
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Revenue Forecast-By User Segment
    • Low- and Mid-Scenario Small-satellite Revenue Forecast- By Mass Class (kg)
    • High-Scenario Small-satellite Revenue Forecast-By Mass Class (kg)
  • Launch Capacity Forecast, Rideshare and Dedicated
    • Launch Capacity Forecast Assumptions
    • State of Small-satellite Market-Launch Capacity Supply Forecast
  • Small-satellite Launch Demand Versus Launch Capacity Supply
    • Small-satellite Launch Demand versus Capacity Supply
  • Key Small-satellite Events and Developments in Q4 2017
    • Key Small-satellite Launches in Q4 2017
    • Key Small-satellite Industry Developments Q4 2017
    • Key Launch Service Industry Developments Q4 2017
  • Conclusions

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