PUBLISHER: Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd | PRODUCT CODE: 1198193
PUBLISHER: Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd | PRODUCT CODE: 1198193
The Remote Sensing Satellites Market was valued at USD 2.59 billion in current year, registering a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shockwaves for specific industries, the satellite manufacturing industry was insulated to a greater extent from the effects of the pandemic. This was due to the satellite industry's high dependence on government contracts, where up to 70% of the market in some areas such as Earth Observation. In addition, the highly reliable and survivable nature of satellite communications services which are essential for disaster communications and backup services insulated the industry from some of the more severe impacts of the global pandemic. However, the postponement of launch schedules, the stoppage of many satellite production lines, and the drying up of private financing have disorganized emerging operators, exposing them to a cycle of financial distress.
The technology of remote sensing satellites has witnessed advancements on three fronts: environmental analysis of the atmosphere, ocean, and land for military purposes, sensors that can convert electromagnetic spectrum to electronic signals, and aircraft to satellite platforms.
The concept of remote sensing satellites originated in 1999 with the IKONOS satellite, which was the world's first remote sensing satellite capable of providing high-resolution images. Quickbird, WorldView-1 satellite, GeoEye-1, and WorldView-2 satellites were launched in October 2001, September 2007, September 2008, and October 2009, respectively, with improved resolutions. Remote sensing satellite technology has gained many advancements in the past few years, with various companies developing advanced satellites with artificial intelligence. The remote gathering and obtaining of spatial information is one of the most powerful means to understand and respond efficiently to urgent humanitarian and environmental threats. Such processes were extremely difficult in the past owing to limitations in terms of proper data.
With the continuous improvements in remote sensing technologies and methods in recent years, great strides have been made by countries globally in terms of remote sensing as well as image processing. Satellite, UAV, airborne and terrestrial imaging are witnessing continuous improvements in data variety, volume, and quality. As of the present scenario, the combination of various data sources and faster analysis have led to remote sensing satellites gaining more and more significance for carrying out a broad range of applications.
The regional conflicts, rapid deployment, and flexible response impose a heavy burden on military commanders, their staff, and supporting system to keep abreast with the situation on the ground about enemy activities. Spatial data is crucial for informed decision-making in the defense sector, and it assists in diverse strategic activities such as battlefield simulation, mission briefing, and communications planning, logistics management, and command control. Remotely sensed satellite images and data include spectral, spatial, and temporal resolutions. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) also allows military land and facilities managers to reduce base operation and maintenance costs, improve mission effectiveness, provide rapid modeling capabilities for analyzing alternative strategies, improve communication, and store institutional knowledge.
Advanced nations, such as the US, China, and Russia have reorganized their militaries to adopt space-based technologies such as space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. Several nations are making significant investments to develop space-based satellite constellations that would enable them to command and control their forces worldwide and also with enhanced situational awareness, enabling them to monitor, track, and target hostile forces.
Earth Observation satellites are used for Earth observation from orbit. The satellites are also used to monitor spy satellites and other similar satellites for non-military purposes such as environmental monitoring.
With an increased budget and rising spending capabilities, multiple new projects have been announced to monitor the earth better. For instance,
In January 2022, NASA announced the planned launch of 4 Earth science missions in 2022. These missions are anticipated to provide scientists with new data on core climate systems and processes, including extreme storms, surface water and oceans, and atmospheric dust.
Similarly, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in August 2022, launched a new Earth Observation Satellite (EOS) to be used for multiple purposes across the users in the country. This satellite was also preceded by the country's EOS 4 in February 2022. These satellites were named 'eye in the sky', showcasing their observational capabilities.
Technological companies across the world have been investing in improving the existing earth monitoring capabilities to provide better services to the users on the surface. Owing to this, the need for better observation satellites is expected to grow during the coming years. For instance,
In October 2021, Satellite data provider Planet announced its plans to launch a new fleet of orbiting satellites. The company already operates 200 Earth observation satellites from space and is aiming to launch a new fleet of satellites called Pelican by 2023. This new fleet of satellites will be used for mapping services across the world. Multiple use cases, along with a broad range of industries that find utilization using earth observation satellites, are expected to lead the market during the forecast period.
The United States has become a global power in space technology due to the technological advancements made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The increasing utilization of various kinds of satellites for multiple purposes has generated significant demand across the United States and, consequently, across the world. The country's military is a global firepower and generates significant market growth opportunities across various segments in the remote sensing satellites market. Owing to the demand for various networks, navigation, and entertainment purposes, various satellites are being launched across the country, increasing the market demand. For instance,
In August 2022, Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Lockheed Martin Corporation, designed and built the mission payload of the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO)-6 satellite. This satellite will be used by the United States military for mapping and surveillance purposes, creating fantastic future opportunities. Owing to this, the United States has been launching new communication and media satellites. For instance,
In October 2022, SpaceX's Falcon 9 Heavy launched 2 new satellites, Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 of Intelsat. These new satellites equipped with new technology will provide Intelsat Media customers in the region with high-performance media distribution capabilities.
Canada has been investing significantly in its remote sensing satellite capabilities. The market's defense segment in Canada has witnessed significant developments in terms of investments and technological advancements over the years. Further, the country's excellent diplomatic relations and partnership with the United States have necessitated high defense investments as part of NORAD. As of 2021, StarlinkCanada and Canadian satellite communications firm Telesathave been working on low-Earth Orbit satellite constellations to offer network services by launching and operating hundreds of satellites in 2022. This will significantly increase the demand and initiate the technological advancement toward satellite network connections for commercial applications and drive a huge market growth rate in United States and Canada during the forecast period.
Though the remote sensing satellite market is characterized by the presence of several players, the market is dominated by only a few players, such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Airbus SE, owing to their huge product offering. Since traditional satellite manufacturers are not the sole investors of the market in focus, a radical change in the market dynamics is anticipated to emerge. Hence, to retain their competitive edge, some satellite ventures have plans to manufacture space systems, payloads, or subsystems and components in-house.
Also, major technological shifts such as miniaturization, and the advent of reusable satellite launch vehicle systems would necessitate subsequent adaptation for seizing emerging market opportunities. Moreover, owing to the long R&D period associated with the satellite industry, some companies are exposed to certain risks associated with design responsibility, the development of new production tools, more capital and funding commitments, delivery schedules, and unique contractual requirements. These risks, if not resolved swiftly, can affect the financial status of the market players and expose them to revenue fluctuations.