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SpaceWorks Announces Release of 2019 Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
January 29, 2019
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ATLANTA (SpaceWorks PR) — SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) announced today the release of its annual nanosatellite and microsatellite market forecast. The 9th edition of this report details the latest observations and trends in the nano/microsatellite market.  

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Projections indicate as many as 2,800 nano/microsatellites will require launch over the next 5 years. The report is available in presentation form as a free download on the website

Coming off an excellent performance in 2018, SpaceWorks analysts projectbetween 294 – 393 nano/microsatellites (1 – 50 kg) will launch globally in 2019, an 18% increase over last year. Of the 262 spacecraft SpaceWorks predicted to launch in 2018, 253 actually launched. “SpaceWorks showed unprecedented accuracy in last year’s forecast, with our prediction coming within 5% of actual nano/microsatellites launched.” stated Caleb Williams, Lead Economic Analyst at SpaceWorks, “Changes to our forecasting methodology, in combination with greater launch consistency and better execution on the part of small satellite operators contributed to our ability to accurately forecast market growth.”

2019 projections remain strong and have been updated to reflect the advancements of dedicated small satellite launch vehicles, changing attitudes of civil and military operators, and the rapid progress of commercial satellite IoT ventures. SpaceWorks analysts continue to gain confidence in the small satellite market as operators begin promising less and delivering more. “The rapid progress of operators focusing on IoT applications is expected to continue and communications applications are expected to quadruple their market share over the next 5 years” says Stephanie DelPozzo, SpaceWorks Economic Analyst, “overall, the maturing capabilities of small satellites are expected to open additional opportunities for growth and keep investors interested in the market during the near-term.”

The Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast, 9th Edition by SpaceWorks shows that annual nano/microsatellite launches have grown by over 150% in the last 5 years. Analysis of development trends by operator type show that the commercial sector continues to rule the industry, even in the face of re-surging interest from civil operators. Analysis of trends by application indicate that Communications will make up over 20% of nano/microsatellites launched in the next five years, decreasing the Earth Observation and Remote Sensing sector’s dominant position by as much as 15% market share.

Since 2008, SpaceWorks has actively monitored global economic activity in the space sector to provide its clients with valuable insights into the changing space market landscape. SpaceWorks internally maintains a broad Launch Demand Database (LDDB) to track all historical and future satellites and their characteristics, which serves as the basis for SpaceWorks satellite market assessments. Currently, SpaceWorks is tracking 75+ planned constellations and 250+ unique nano/microsatellites in various stages of development that are expected to launch within the next 5 years. SpaceWorks routinely completes economic analysis and strategic advisory engagements for customers across the industry to help clients understand the competitive market forces at play and enable them to make sound strategic investment decisions.

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