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Space Systems in Aerospace and Defense – Thematic Research

The development of space systems will shape the future defense industry. The commercialization of space is a key driver in the contemporary space systems market, with technological advances not only improving the capabilities of satellites but reducing costs throughout the supply chain. Increasingly powerful smallsats, in conjunction with retrievable and reusable launch vehicles, will mean that the global space commons are likely to be dominated by massive commercial constellations, such as SpaceX’s Starlink and Amazon’s Kuiper constellations. However, this commercialization will bring benefits to defense space systems, as cost will reduce, and capabilities increase. It is likely that space will increasingly become a theatre in which peer adversary contest are fought.


Demand in Space Systems in aerospace and defense will be driven by a number of economic and technological factors such as new technologies including smallsats, new launch capabilities, and ASAT weapons, as well as geopolitical incentives.

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Key Players

Accion Systems, Astra Space, BlackSky, Blue Origin, Celestia Technologies Group, EaglePicher Technologies, Exotrail, Inmarsat, iSpace, Leaf Space, Relativity Space, Rocket Lab, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Skygate Technologies, SpaceX, SpinLaunch, Terran Orbital, Tesat, ThinKom, ThrustMe, United Launch Alliance, Ursa Space Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Amazon, ArianeGroup, Arianespace, Avio, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace, Boeing, Cilas, Garmin, IHI, Intelsat, Israel Aerospace Industries, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, L3Harris Technologies, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Magellan Aerospace, Maxar Technologies, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Moog, Northrop Grumman, NovAtel, Nucletudes, Raytheon Technologies, Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Electronics & Defense, Saft Batteries, Sodern, Teledyne Defense Electronics, Thales Group, ViaSat

Table of Contents

Executive summary


Thematic Briefing

Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Mergers and acquisitions


Value chain


Public companies

Private companies


List of Tables

Space capability, Technology trends, macroeconomic trends, regulatory trends, Mergers and acquisitoins, Public companies, Private companies, glossary, further reading

List of Figures

Players, Global Satellite population, timeline, space-based hardware value chain, space-based software value chain, ground-based software value chain, ground-based hardware value chain, laucnh operations value chain, service value chain


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