Remote Sensing Satellite Market Takes Off, Driven by SmallSat Deliveries

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

JPSS-1 meteorological satellite. Source: NOAA

Annual deliveries of remote sensing satellites are increasing at high rates. Only 18 remote sensing satellites launched in 2013, but 177 were launched in 2017.

This trend can be expected to continue. During the 2018-2032 forecast period, civil and commercial satellite operators will take delivery of 3,979 satellites, representing an estimated $39 billion in value of production. Continue reading

As Remote Sensing Satellite Deliveries Spike, Small Satellites Could Increase in Importance

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

WorldView-3

WorldView-3

The remote sensing satellite market is growing rapidly, and it remains to be seen whether a recent trend toward larger satellites will continue.

Forecast International recorded the launch of 63 civil and commercial remote sensing satellites between 2010 and 2014. Launch rates held steady at between nine and 13 per year from 2010 to 2013; however, in 2014, launches spiked to 20. This increase corresponds with a higher satellite delivery rate, which is partially due to a number of programs – such as Europe’s Copernicus – reaching the production phase. Commercial satellite deliveries have also increased. Deimos-2, WorldView-3, SkySat-2, and SPOT 7 were all delivered in 2014. As the number of commercial remote sensing satellite operators increases, commercial deliveries will account for a larger share of overall deliveries.

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