Global Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Services Market 2021

Market Overview

The global market for space situational awareness (SSA) services was valued at $125.2 million in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% from 2022 to 2032, reaching $172.7 million by 2032. This growth is primarily attributed to the increasing deployment of small satellite constellations in the low Earth orbit (LEO).

During the period from 2022 to 2030, it is expected that 45,131 constellations will be installed, leading to a steady growth of the NewSpace market. Previously, most SSA capabilities were developed in-house by operators with limited access to data. However, commercial service providers have now entered the market, compiling diverse datasets and integrating them into digital platforms to provide actionable insights to the space industry.

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USD 172.7 Mn incremental growth between 2021 and 2026

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Orbit, End User, Service, Region



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The number of satellites launched by commercial operators has significantly increased in recent years. According to the latest Research space database, an estimated 45,131 satellites will be launched between 2022 and 2032, with over 95% of them operating in LEO. This concentration of satellites in one orbital segment creates congestion and increases the risk of collisions and space debris.

Furthermore, the entry of multiple commercial satellite operators will result in even more satellite launches, exacerbating the congestion and risk of space debris. This emphasizes the critical need for space situational awareness services, which is expected to persist in the future.

Investments in small satellites in LEO are driving the demand for space situational awareness services. The increasing deployment of large satellite constellations in LEO during the forecast period will contribute to congestion, thus necessitating enhanced SSA services.

Commercial SSA service providers are investing in collision avoidance services to proactively predict impacts at least one week in advance. This proactive approach is expected to drive the demand for SSA services.

The drivers for the global SSA services market include the increase in the number of satellites in LEO, natural orbital decay of satellites, growing space debris clouds, evolving regulatory frameworks mandating collision avoidance maneuvers, the need for predictive actionable insights, evolving constellation operational requirements, automation of mission operations, frequent exchanges with satellites, inclusive spectrum allocations, concerns about signal interference events, adverse space weather events, emerging in-orbit service capabilities, risk of defunct satellites and launch vehicle parts, the need for diverse proximity operations, presence of compatible space hardware, increase in space weather events (solar flares), and growing threat perception among constellation operators and the aviation industry.

On the other hand, the challenges faced by the global SSA services market include the lack of a global regulatory framework for enforcing space policies, availability of open-source data sets and in-house capabilities, expensive customized solutions, lack of global space data exchange, availability of free versions of the service, insufficient relevant computing and space infrastructure, absence of automation predictive capabilities, reduced customer interest, lack of compatible space hardware, limited demand for the service, low frequency of proximity services, lack of sufficient space weather data, and low frequency of space weather events.

There are various opportunities for different stakeholders in the global SSA services market, such as satellite operators, launch service providers, ground station operators, satellite manufacturers, subsystem and components suppliers, regulatory agencies, and national space agencies.

Market Segmentation

The market is segmented based on various factors, including orbit, end user, service, and region.

Segmentation by Orbit
Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)
Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO)

Segmentation by End User
Satellite Operators
Ground Station Service Providers
Launch Service Providers
National Space Agencies
In-Orbit Service Providers
Satellite Manufacturers
Satellite Subsystem and Component Manufacturers

Segmentation by Service
Mission Operation Support
Collision Avoidance and Tracking
Interference Avoidance
Rendezvous Support
Space Weather

Segmentation by Region
North America

The low Earth orbit (LEO) is expected to dominate the global space situational awareness (SSA) services market based on orbit during the forecast period. According to data, there are 19,563 satellites operating in LEO, with 1,544 of them flying at an altitude of 500km and below. These satellites experience atmospheric drag, leading to more perturbations and greater orbital decay. Consequently, satellites operating at or below 500 km require constant inputs from space situational awareness service providers for effective station-keeping operations.

On the other hand, there are 18,019 satellites operating at altitudes between 501 km and 1,500 km, primarily commercial satellites that will be replaced in the future. This altitude range is expected to remain active, resulting in increasing congestion and potential threats due to close proximity operations. The growing number of satellites operating in close proximity increases the risk of collision and signal interference. As a result, satellite operators at these altitudes are likely to subscribe to commercial SSA services to mitigate these risks.

Satellite operators rank highly among the end users of space situational awareness services because they need to locate their satellites and maintain uninterrupted communication with ground stations to provide services to their customers.

In terms of service, mission operation support is expected to slightly dominate the global SSA services market during the forecast period. With the increasing number of conjunctions in space, satellite operators have a heightened concern for conducting safe operations, leading to greater investments in mission operation support and increased demand for SSA services. The global market for mission operation support in space situational awareness services is projected to reach $99.2 million in 2032, growing at a CAGR of 3.5% from $70.7 million in 2021. The rise in satellites and debris in space contributes to the high growth of the mission operations service market.

North America holds a dominant position in the space situational awareness services market, with substantial investments and revenue expected from the U.S. and Canada. Currently, the U.S. accounts for 80% of global space situational awareness services. This strong presence positions North America as a leading region in the market. The U.S. is heavily investing in research, development, and regulatory frameworks for SSA services, further solidifying its prominence in the market throughout the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The selection of the profiled companies was based on input obtained from primary experts, as well as an analysis of their coverage, service portfolio, and market penetration.

Key companies profiled in this report include AstriaGraph, Astroscale Holdings, Inc., Digantara, D-Orbit SpA, Elecnor Deimos, Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc., GMV Innovating Solutions S.L., Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. , L3 Harris Technologies, Launchspace Technologies Corporation, LeoLabs, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, NorthStar Earth & Space, Inc., Orion Space Solutions, Parsons Corporation, Peraton, Privateer Space, Share My Space, Space Domain Awareness, Inc., Space-Track.Org, Swedish Space Corporation, Vision Engineering Solutions, LLC, Orbit Recycling.

Recent Industry Developments

In April 2022, Astroscale Holdings, Inc. extended its agreement with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to develop robotic hand and arm technologies for servicing satellites in orbit and to remove space debris.

In March 2022, Swedish Space Corporation announced its intention to establish a new office and relocate the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna city center, with plans to launch satellites from the new location starting in 2023.

In March 2022, NorthStar Earth & Space, Inc. partnered with SES S.A. to enhance space sustainability and improve space situational awareness by leveraging NorthStar’s space monitoring system. This collaboration aims to assist satellite operators in avoiding collisions and effectively managing their fleets.

In March 2022, NorthStar Earth & Space, Inc. entered into an agreement with Spire Global to develop CubeSat technology equipped with space-based sensors. These CubeSats will collect crucial data for NorthStar’s space situational awareness services, providing valuable insights for space traffic management and safe navigation for satellite operators.

In February 2022, GMV Innovating Solutions S.L. secured a multi-year contract with Eumetsat to deliver high-precision optical data services and orbital determination solutions. The information provided by GMV Innovating Solutions will support Eumetsat in precise orbital determination, maneuvering estimation, and ground station calibrations.

Key Questions Answered

What are the current trends in the global space situational awareness services market, and what is the projected growth of the market from 2022 to 2032?

What are the main drivers and challenges faced by SSA service providers in the space situational awareness services market?

What opportunities exist for SSA service providers to expand their businesses in the SSA services market?

Which region is expected to emerge as the leader in the space situational awareness services market by 2032?

What are the key strategies being implemented by major players in the market?

What are the key aspects of evolving customer requirements in the SSA services market?

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