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Small Satellite Market to Reach $10.75 Billion by 2028; Stoked by Increasing Adoption of 5G Networks

June 28, 2021 | Aerospace & Defense

The global small satellite market size is expected to gain momentum by reaching USD 10.75 billion by 2028. This information is published by Fortune Business Insights in its report, titled “Small Satellite Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Mini, Micro, Nano), By Component (Structure, Payload, Electric Power System, Solar Panel & Antenna Systems, Propulsion Systems, and others), By Application (Communication, Earth Observation, Navigation, Technology Development, and Others), By End User (Commercial, Military, Civil, and Government), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028.” The report further mentions that the market stood at USD 4.08 billion in 2020 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 12.55% between 2021 and 2028.

Lockheed Martin Secures USD 5.8 Million Contract from DARPA to Deploy Satellites

In April 2020, Lockheed Martin secured a USD 5.8 million worth contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the contract, the company will be providing satellites under the Blackjack program that aims to leverage the commercial advances of the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). It further aims to develop a high-speed network in LEO that will prove beneficial for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Besides, Lockheed will manage and define interfaces between Blackjack’s payload, bus, and Pit Boss, an autonomous, space-based data processor. Sarah Reeves, Vice President of Lockheed, said, “Lockheed Martin has a great track record in building and integrating several types and sizes of payload to suit every mission, and this experience is expected to favor the Blackjack program.”

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Increasing Adoption of 5G Network to Aid Growth

The significant evolution in technology has led to the adoption of 5G technology. This technology has enabled enhanced user experience owing to its high-speed network. Additionally, 5G helps to reduce the latency compared to 4G networks. The integration of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and IoT propels the adoption of 5G networks across several industrial applications. The sectors include power, healthcare, smart grids, energy, and others. Therefore, the surging significance of 5G and its implementation is expected to bode well for the global small satellite market growth during the forecast period.  

Contract Signing by Major Companies to Expand Their Product Portfolio and Boost Sales Revenue

The market comprises small, medium, and large companies striving to maintain their presence by signing strategic contracts with government agencies and private companies. Moreover, other key players are adopting strategies such as merger and acquisition, partnership, and facility expansion that will favor the growth of the market during the foreseeable future.

Industry Development:

  • December 2020 – NASA awarded a combined contract to Firefly Black, Relativity Space, and Astra Space. The contract worth USD 16.7 million is aimed at launching several small satellites in orbit.

List of the Companies Operating in the Global Market

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation (The U.S.)

  • ST Engineering (Singapore)

  • Airbus S.A.S (The Netherlands)

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) (The U.S.)

  • The Boeing Company (The U.S.)

  • Thales Group (France)

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (The U.S.)

  • L3Harris Technologies Inc. (The U.S.)

Further Report Findings:

  • North America stood at USD 2.11 billion in 2020 and is expected to hold the largest global small satellite market share during the forecast period. This is attributable to the increasing military spending in countries such as the U.S. that will propel the adoption of the product in the region. According to a report by SIPRI, the overall military spending of the United States in 2020 was 3.7% of its GDP. This means the U.S. spent around USD 778 billion on its military.

  • The market in Europe is expected to experience considerable growth backed by the increasing adoption of internet-based services across several applications that will bode well for the adoption of advanced small satellites in the region between 2021 and 2028.

  • Based on the type, the microsatellite segment held a market share of about 24.40% in 2020 and is expected to remain at the forefront during the forecast period. This is owing to the growing adoption of small type of satellites such as CubeSat for several scientific applications globally.

Table of Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



Value (USD Billion)


By Type

  • Mini Satellite

  • Micro Satellite

  • Nano Satellite

By Component

  • Structures

  • Payload

  • Electric Power System

  • Solar Panel and Antenna Systems

  • Propulsion Systems

  • Others

By Application

  • Communication

  • Earth Observation

  • Navigation

  • Technology Development

  • Others

By End-User

  • Commercial

  • Military

  • Civil

  • Government

By Geography

  • North America (By Type, Component, Application, End User, Country)

    • The U.S. (By Type)

    • Canada (By Type)

  •  Europe (By Type, Component, Application, End User, Country)

    • The U.K. (By Type)

    • Germany (By Type)

    • France (By Type)

    • Russia (By Type)

    • Rest of Europe (By Type)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, Component, Application, End User, Country)

    • China (By Type)

    • India (By Type)

    • South Korea (By Type)

    • Japan (By Type)

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Type)

  • Rest of the World (By Type, Component, Application, End User, Country)

    • South America (By Type)

    • The Middle East & Africa (By Type)

Small Satellite Market
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