“Prospects for the Small Satellite Market”, the research released recently by Euroconsult forecasts the launch of 510 small satellites, (smallsats) which include minisats, microsats, cubesats and nanosats throughout the five years to come. This marks an increase of two thirds in annual smallsats compared to the preceding decade. The total is inclusive of fourteen constellations with differing capabilities and sizes representing a combined 140 satellite total. Seventy five percent of the total number of launches during the five years to come will be for governmental defence and civil agencies.
The demand by governments for these services will be greater than commercial operators who are expected to launch 130 satellites. “Large constellation projects such as those announced in 2014 by OneWeb and by SpaceX in association with Google have not been included in our forecasts/scenarios for launch by 2019,” said Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and Editor of the report. “Large constellation projects could, however, represent a very significant component of launches over the following five year period (2020-2024).”