Space Sustainability - Thematic Intelligence

Space Sustainability - Thematic Intelligence


Space sustainability describes the practice of improving the safety and integrity of the space environment for continued human use. This includes regulations to control activity in space, the development and implementation of standards, and continued incentivization of better practices in the space industry going forward—to balance demand in the current space economy with the viability of its use for future generations of humans.

Some challenges that fall under the umbrella of space sustainability include orbital debris, damage and interference from space weather, overcrowding in orbit, and ‘end-of-life’ protocols for spacecraft. The potential impact of these issues can range from modest interference with individual satellites to catastrophic damages to crucial spacecraft and satellite constellations that will have a dramatic impact on life and economic activity on Earth by interfering with GPS navigation and communications systems that underpin much of the global economy.

Key Highlights
  • Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the market.
  • Analysis of the various space sustainability programs currently under development, as well historical research initiatives.
Who Should Buy
  • Our thematic research product, supported by our thematic engine, is aimed at senior (C-Suite) executives in the corporate world, decision makers, and institutional investors.
  • Corporations: Helps CEOs, CTOs, and other senior executives of companies understand this key theme, the competitive environment, and the market opportunities.
  • Investors: Helps fund managers and other major investors focus on investment opportunities in aerospace and understand the market around space sustainability.
  • The key sustainability challenges that the space industry faces are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for prime contractors, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole space sustainability value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range of different sustainability programs currently being undertaken by various space companies.
Reasons to Buy
  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the space sustainability theme.
  • Understanding how spending on space sustainability s will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Executive Summary
Theme Briefing
The economic potential of space and the solar system is immense…
…but so are the challenges involved
The link between space and earth sustainability
Drivers of space sustainability
Launch cost trends
Orbital crowding
Space debris
Technology trends
Macroeconomic trends
Regulatory trends
Industry Analysis
Case studies: practical solutions in space sustainability
Active Debris Removal (ADR)
In-orbit manufacturing & servicing, 3D printing, and advanced materials
Reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft
Challenges for space sustainability
Commercialization difficulties
The regulatory environment
Venture financing trends
Value Chain
Ground operations (tracking/GSaaS)
Reusable launch vehicles
In-orbit manufacturing and servicing
Active debris removal (ADR)
Public companies
Private companies
Sector Scorecards
Aerospace, defense & security sector scorecard
Who’s who
Thematic screen
Valuation screen
Risk screen
Further Reading
GlobalData reports
Our Thematic Research Methodology
About GlobalData
Contact Us
List of Tables
Table 1: Technology trends
Table 2: Macroeconomic trends
Table 3: Regulatory trends
Table 4: Venture financing trends
Table 5: Public companies
Table 6: Private companies
Table 7: Glossary
Table 8: GlobalData reports
List of Figures
Figure 1: Who are the leading players in the space sustainability theme, and where do they sit in the value chain?
Figure 2: The falling cost of space launches
Figure 3: In-space manufacturing process
Figure 4: Reusable launch vehicle: typical SpaceX flight profile
Figure 5: The space sustainability story
Figure 6: The space sustainability value chain
Figure 7: The ground operations value chain - Sensing systems and GSaaS
Figure 8: The reusable launch vehicles value chain - Reusable launch vehicles
Figure 9: The in-orbit manufacturing value chain - In-orbit manufacturing and servicing
Figure 10: The active debris removal value chain - Active debris removal (ADR)
Figure 11: Who does what in the aerospace, defense & security space?
Figure 12: Thematic screen
Figure 13: Valuation screen
Figure 14: Risk screen
Figure 15: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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