Northern Sky Research

Smallsat Launch Vehicle Markets

Published: September 2016

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  • Standard: $3,495  
  • Enterprise: $5,995

NSR Report Deliverables

NSR delivers clarity and critical market insight.

Smallsat Launch Vehicle Markets continues NSR’s long-standing practice in superior and unique market research on satellite launchers.  This first ever study on emerging launch vehicle family development builds on NSR’s extensive experience in evaluating satellite production and launch capabilities worldwide, including trends and opportunities to help readers better understand the potential future growth in this market.

As the market research leader on the subject, NSR offers an exclusive view on projects underway, the main actors, the segments involved, the technologies, the impact of smallsats on existing launchers and the potential deployment schedules of launchers along with a ranking of capabilities.  NSR dives into the programs and partnerships needed or currently established between government and industry for testing, demonstrating and certifying smallsat launchers.  The analysis covers regulations and its impact on deployments as well as pricing.

This complete analytical tool helps readers track the development and advances of the evolving market for smallsat launches and answer fundamental questions such as:

  • Who are the main players and where are they in their development roadmap?
  • What are the key advantages of the major smallsat launch providers?
  • What are the capabilities of available and upcoming smallsat launchers?
  • What funding drivers contribute to the progress and delay of the smallsat launch market?
  • How many existing smallsat customers are likely to see their hardware launched over the next five years?
  • What launch price points will the market experience?
  • What is the evolution of prices?
  • What will be the launch rates of smallsat launchers?
  • How do government regulation and launch sites impact progress and cost?
  • Bottom line: How are the emerging smallsat launch players progressing, and which are most likely to succeed in this intensely competitive market?

Unparalleled Satellite Launcher Market Analysis

SmallSat Launch Vehicle Markets provides an in-depth analysis of key parameters to help readers assess the various markets components and includes the following elements:

  • A global comparison of nearly 50 active, in-development, and proposed smallsat launchers
  • An in-depth analysis of the top emerging smallsat launch service providers
  • Announced smallsat customers
  • Projections of launch price and availability

Smallsat Launch Vehicle Markets: Report Segmentation

Who Should Purchase this Report?

  • Smallsat Launch Service Providers
  • Traditional Satellite Launch Service Providers
  • Satellite Designers
  • Satellite Manufacturers
  • Ground Station Operators
  • Satellite Launch Service Integrators
  • Launch Site Planners and Operators
  • Satellite Data Distributors, Analysts, and Users
  • National Space Agencies
  • Government Regulators and Policy Makers
  • Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Financial Institutions

Executive Summary

1. Market Overview
1.1 Definitions
  1.1.1 Definitions & Acronyms
1.2 State of the Market
  1.2.1 Smallsat Launch Vehicle Overview
  1.2.2 Demand Outpaces Launch Supply
1.3 Market Drivers
  1.3.1 Smallsat Customers
  1.3.2 Launch Bottleneck
  1.3.3 Smallsat Launch Vehicle Funding – Government
  1.3.4 Smallsat Launch Vehicle Funding – Private
  1.3.5 Success Factors & Challenges
1.4 Role of Existing Launch Service Providers
  1.4.1 Rideshare & Reliability
  1.4.2 Deployment from the International Space Station & Orbital Debris
1.5 Main Actors by Segment
  1.5.1 Industry – Firefly Space Systems
  1.5.2 Industry – Rocket Lab
  1.5.3 Industry – Vector Space Systems
  1.5.4 Industry – Virgin Galactic
  1.5.5 University – University of Hawaii
  1.5.6 Government – Argentina, Brazil, China, Norway
1.6 Capabilities Comparison
  1.6.1 Active Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicles
  1.6.2 Near Term Emerging Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicles
  1.6.3 Long Term Emerging Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicles
  1.6.4 Dedicated Smallsat Launch Services Provider & Vehicle Comparison

2. Programs & Regulations
2.1 Programs
  2.1.1 Global Look at Emerging Launch Vehicles
2.2 Regulations
  2.2.1 U.S. Regulations

3. New Operational Dynamics
3.1 Rapid Turnaround
  3.1.2 Launch Cadence
3.2 Reusability
  3.2.1 Air Launch & Stage Recovery

4. Pricing & Launch Availability Assessment
4.1 Estimated Price/kg & Cost Drivers
  4.1.1 Projections & Cost Drivers
  4.1.2 Reusability
  4.1.2 Forecasted Initial Price by Capability
  4.1.3 Forecasted Average Launch Price over Next Five Years
4.2 Launch Rate over Next Five Years
  4.2.1 Launch Availability & Rate Forecast over Next Five Years

Appendix

List of Exhibits

Executive Summary
E.1 Smallsat Launch Vehicle Launch Price per kg
E.2 Announced Smallsat Launch Vehicle Target Dates Success Rate
E.3 Forecasted Emerging Near-Term Launch Vehicle Operational Dates Success Rate
E.4 Smallsat Launch Service Providers Pursuing Reusable Launch Systems
E.5 Anonymized Emerging Smallsat Launch Vehicle Forecasted Initial Price per kg (US$)

1. Market Overview
1.1 Smallsat Launch Vehicle Overview: Why
1.2 Launch Vehicle Original Target Operational Date
1.3 Publicly Announced Smallsat Customers by Sector
1.4 Publicly Announced Customers on Emerging Smallsat Launch Vehicles
1.5 Date of Announcement of Customers on Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicles over Past 10 Years
1.6 Date Slippage of Publicly Announced Customers on Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicles over Past 10 Years
1.7 NASA Venture Class Launch Services Awards
1.8 DARPA ALASA Funding
1.9 Sample Investors List in Smallsat Launch Companies
1.10 Highest Publicly Disclosed Private Investment in Emerging Smallsat Launch Vehicles
1.11 Private Investment in Smallsat Launch Vehicles by Geographical Area
1.12 Success Factors & Challenges
1.13 Active Launch Vehicle Success Rate
1.14 Smallsat End-of-Life Options
1.15 Comparison of Dedicated Active Smallsat Launch Vehicles
1.16 Comparison of Emerging Dedicated Near-Term Smallsat Launch Vehicles
1.17 Comparison of Emerging Dedicated Far-Term Smallsat Launch Vehicles
1.18 Dedicated Smallsat Launch Service Providers by Segment
1.19 Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicle Upmass Capability
1.20 Dedicated Smallsat Launch Vehicle Orbit Capability

2. Programs & Regulations
2.1 Global Look at Emerging Launch Vehicles
2.2 FAA Approved Operations over Past Ten Years
2.3 Active FAA Licenses

3. New Operational Dynamics
3.1 Emerging Launch Vehicle Goal Number of Launches per Year at Full Operations
3.2 Number of Launches per Year by Vehicle over Past Five Years
3.3 Fully- or Partially-Reusable Air-Launced Smallsat Launch Service Providers
3.4 Fully- or Partially-Reusable Stage Recovery Smallsat Launch Service Providers
3.5 Active Launch Vehicle Number of Successful Launches Per Year

4. Pricing & Launch Availability Assessment
4.1 Reusability Cycle
4.2 Capability per Forecasted Initial Price
4.3 Forecasted Initial Price by Orbit
4.4 Forecasted Average Launch Price over Next Five Years
4.5 Total Forecasted Launches over Next Five Years
4.6 Cumulative Forecasted Launches over Next Five Years