Small satellites are the hot button issue and much has been written including forecasts of the future for these miniatures. Most recently ResearchAndMarkets.com has released an update for the "Small-satellite Launch Services Market, Quarterly Update Q3 2018, Forecast to 2030".
As ResearchAndMarkets.com explain their report...
Small-satellites are at the spotlight of the evolution of space industry. Small-satellite ecosystem is expanding at an increasing pace, with new entrants offering new space solutions and existing players expanding their portfolio by investments in the small-satellite value chain. It becomes very important to investigate the past and current state of the small satellite market and forecast the future scenarios.
Many small satellite constellation operators have advanced in their development processes and will generate continuous and recurring launch demand for their constellation installation and replacement missions. At present, nearly all small satellites use the rideshare capacity as a secondary payload on the existing launch vehicles. This makes their project schedule and mission requirements dependent on the primary payload.
Moreover, the existing rideshare capacity will not be sufficient to address all the small satellite launch demand in 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 the small satellite operators, in order to capture the future small satellite launch market.
What makes this report unique?
The report tracks the changing dynamics every quarter and updates the forecast based on the latest events. The report exposes the readers to the latest forecast numbers and the major changes, empowering them to the most informed decision making. 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 250 operators across the user segments are considered for the forecast. A large number of small satellites, payload mass, and launch revenue have been forecast on the basis of defined scenarios, satellite mass classes and user segments. The study also includes the launch capacity forecast for both rideshare and dedicated launch services segment and analyses the alignment between the small satellite launch demand and capacity supply.
Key Topics Covered
1. Executive Summary
2. Definitions and Segmentations
3. Major Changes with Respect to Q2, 2018 Forecast
4. Small-satellite Launch Demand Forecast by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes (Number of Satellites)
5. Payload Mass Forecast by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes
6. Launch Revenue Forecast based on Launch Demand by Scenarios, User Segments and Mass Classes
7. Launch Capacity Forecast, Rideshare and Dedicated
8. Small-satellite Launch Demand Versus Launch Capacity Supply
9. Key Small-satellite Events and Developments in Q2 2018
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