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Nanosatellites and microsatellites are miniature satellites that are generally launched into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) in the form of constellations, especially for data gathering and scientific observation at low cost. Miniature satellites are classified according to their mass. A microsatellite has a mass ranging from 11 kg and 100 kg, whereas a nanosatellite has a mass in the range of 1 kg and 10 kg.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

This market study provides information about the major vendors providing nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions and outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within our criteria. Vendor evaluations are based on two broad categories, namely product offerings and business strategies. Each category has various criteria, based on which, the vendors have been evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under product offerings include the breadth of offerings, delivery (based on industries that the vendors cater to, deployment models, and subscriptions), support (based on pre- and post-sale support services), product features and functionalities. The evaluation criteria considered under business strategies include reach (based on geographic presence), industry coverage (based on end-users that the vendors cater to), viability, and inorganic growth strategies (partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions).

VISIONARY LEADERS

These players have built their position in the nanosatellite and microsatellite market by offering highly customized engineering as well as launch services for clients. The companies have also adopted various strategies to drive their growth in the nanosatellite and microsatellite market.

INNOVATORS

These companies offer an innovative portfolio of solutions and services for the nanosatellite and microsatellite market and hold strong potential to build strategies for driving their business growth to bring it on par with the vanguards. These vendors have been providing innovative and customized nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions and services to their customers.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

They have an innovative portfolio of solutions and services, along with an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their services across a multitude of verticals. The dynamic vendors have been generating considerable revenue in the nanosatellite and microsatellite market, and their market position is supported by their organic and inorganic ventures undertaken in recent years.

EMERGING COMPANIES

The emerging players specialize in offering highly niche and customized solutions and services to their clients. A majority of the emerging vendors have been undertaking multiple acquisitions and increasing their sales capabilities across regions to offer integrated services to a wide range of clients. Nanosatellites and microsatellites are being widely used in various industry verticals, such as government, civil, commercial, defense, energy & infrastructure, and maritime & transportation. Advancements in space technology, in terms of electronics miniaturization as well as vehicle launchers, are creating a demand for miniature satellites. Enterprises requiring scalability, such as those in the government, civil, commercial, defense, energy & infrastructure, and maritime & transportation industries have adopted hardware, software, and data processing software, thereby fueling the growth of the nanosatellite and microsatellite market. Over the past few years, nanosatellites and microsatellites have changed the space exploration scenario and proved to be the most advantageous disruptive technology in numerous space missions. In addition to being cost-effective and reliable, the use of nanosatellites and microsatellites enables timely achievement of tasks. These qualities of nanosatellites and microsatellites provide a potential set of opportunities for smaller companies. The increased adoption of miniature satellites is encouraging small companies to test advanced methods and technologies, such as open source hardware and software, and formation flying, among others. GOVERNMENT The government vertical includes all nanosatellite and microsatellite developments carried out by government agencies such as NASA, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), China National Space Administration (CNSA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), among others, for a range of applications. Small satellites provide geographic transparency of a country with consistent imagery that is further integrated with geospatial tools to monitor urban growth and track illegal logging. These images are used for better regional transportation management, land use policy, and disaster management, and help in implementing economic development plans. CIVIL The civil vertical includes nanosatellites and microsatellites developed for non-defense applications by research organizations, academic institutes, and universities. These satellites can be used for tracking civil aircraft and ships, monitoring weather conditions, tsunami, and earthquake, among others. Recently, China launched three microsatellites into LEO to read flights’ coordinates, altitude, speed, direction, and other information automatically in real-time for avoiding tragedies, such as the missing flight MH370. Advancements in terrestrial computing and the ability of satellites to communicate with one another have helped to enhance the utility of small satellites in civil development. COMMERCIAL Small satellites are ideal for investments by private enterprises, as they are cheaper, faster to build, and can be launched for commercial missions as well. The geospatial technology using earth-imaging small satellites for agriculture, education, intelligence navigation, mapping, and other uses, has driven the growth of the commercial vertical in the past decade. Nanosatellites or microsatellites help commercial companies to gather and distribute global real-time data at a surprisingly low price across a wide geographic area to customers. Nanosatellites and microsatellites are used for commercial purposes, such as communication, in the form of voice, data, and videos, internet communication, and video chat, among other applications.

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Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Solutions

Comparing 25 vendors in Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Solutions across 8 criteria.
  • 360 Score: 4.6

    GS Sweden AB (GomSpace) provides a wide range of solutions for applications, including IoT, communication, tracking, surveillance, and remote sensing. The company provides several sub-systems for CubeSats and nanosatellites that can be integrated as plug-and-play solutions. It offers sub-systems for onboard computers, power supplies for nanosatellites, integrated and tested software, GomSpace NanoDock, ground stations, lab equipment, cold-gas propulsion systems compatible with the GomSpace ADCS systems, ADCS systems, batteries, GomSpace solar panels, and radio communication solutions.

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    • SME
    • Aalborg East, Denmark
    • Founded: 2001
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 360 Score: 4.62 Reviews
    • Enterprise
    • Maryland, USA
    • Founded: 1995
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 360 Score: 4.6
    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.6

    Raytheon Company is a leading provider of product and solutions in the satellite industry. The company offers sensors and imaging, command and control systems, and mission support and training in the nanosatellite and microsatellite market to government and commercial customers. The command & control systems offered by the company gather information, analyzes it and provide the required information in real-time. The company’s mission support includes maintenance, implementation, and upgrades of solutions.

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    • Enterprise
    • Massachusetts, USA
    • Founded: 1922
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
  • 360 Score: 4.6

    RUAG Group provides a wide range of products and solutions in the nanosatellite and micro microsatellite market. The company provides launcher structures and separation systems, including launcher fairings & structures, adapters & separation systems, satellite dispensers, and sounding rocket guidance. The company also provides satellite structures, mechanisms and mechanical equipment, satellite mechanisms, digital electronics for satellites and launchers, satellite communication equipment, and satellite instruments. RUAG Group also provides solutions for climate monitoring and planetary and asteroid
    exploration. 

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.59

    Clyde Space offers various systems, equipment, and components for CubeSats, including Electrical Power Systems (EPS), power distribution and protection, ADCS, de-orbit devices, propulsion, communication systems, solar panel connection harness set, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE), payload structures, ground stations, and accessories. Clyde Space also provides an end-to-end nanosatellite mission development kit, Nanosatellite Applications and Operations Bench for Engineering and Demonstration (NANOBED), which enables rapid development of nanosatellite subsystems and payloads within weeks and months rather than years. Clyde Space offers a wide range of products, but faces challenges in streamlining its processes related to designing and operations of nanosatellites and microsatellites.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.442 Reviews

    Surrey Satellite Technology LTD company specialized in designing and operating small satellites. Surrey Technologies is the global leader in accomplishing space missions for a wide range of applications, including communications, earth observations and scientific researches. The company excels in providing innovative solutions for space missions. The state-of-art Nanosatellite and Microsatellite solutions used by SSTL have introduced exemplary advancements in space technology.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • SNC provides a wide portfolio of products in the nanosatellite and microsatellite market through its different business divisions. Through its space technology division, the company provides mission architecture and engineering, satellite production, hosted payloads/rideshare, and disaggregation. Through its spacecraft systems division, the company provides spacecraft electrical power systems, pointing systems and motion control, launch support products and services, thermal control systems, spacecraft deployable systems, mechanical & structural systems, electronics, and docking and berthing
    systems. Through its space exploration systems division, the company provides dream chaser spacecraft to design and build a commercial system capable of transporting crew and cargo to and from LEO.

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    • Enterprise
    • Nevada, USA
    • Founded: 1963
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 1,001 to 5,000
  • 360 Score: 4.412 Reviews

    Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) is leading organization specializing in designing, manufacturing and operating small satellite missions. The company holds leadership in a dedicated segment. It has expertise in offering cost-effective, turn-key nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions. To power its small satellite missions, ISIS utilizes the expertise of its 90 space professionals belonging to 25 different nationalities. Through its measured approach of vertical integration, the company can carry out all tasks of satellite operation in-house.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.372 Reviews

    A microsatellite is an artificial satellite that weighs between 10 to 100 kg, and a nanosatellite is an artificial satellite that weighs between 1 to 10 kg. SPACE QUEST is one of the leading developers of an advanced satellite. They are specialized in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing hi-tech spacecraft for government, universities and commercial uses. They also manufacture gadgets of space and grounds for operations with low-earth orbiting satellites.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.312 Reviews

    TYVAK INC specialized in end-to-end, cost practical space system engineering, electronics design and payload interfacing to maximize efficiency. It designs custom deployment systems for nanosatellites and microsatellites using agile aerospace processes. Offers small satellites for critical missions and accelerates on-orbit success. The company specializes in designing and development of spacecraft, launch services and on-orbit operations. It works on various applications in GEO, LEO, and beyond Earth orbit, and vehicle classes, that includes nanosatellites and microsatellites. Ability to execute quick launch services in just 90 days.

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    • Startup
    • Irvine, California, US
    • Founded: 2011
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 360 Score: 4.262 Reviews

    Axelspace is microsatellite startup providing innovative space solutions for businesses. A pioneer in microsatellite technology advancement, Axelspace uses satellite imagery to enable daily monitoring of the entire globe. Through AxelGlobe, a future real-time Earth observation platform equipped with imaging sensors, the company aims to make valuable space data available to everyone. Axelspace has successfully launched earth observation satellites like RAPIS 1, GRUS 1, WNISAT-1R and Hodoyoshi-1.

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    • SME
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Founded: 2008
    • Below $10 MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 360 Score: 4.262 Reviews

    Dauria Aerospace has only kept walking up the ladders in the space business. Even being an Early Stage Venture, they have earned enough praise from credible sources. In years of its massive development, Dauria Aerospace has created a trustworthy position in the space market. Known for their low- cost manufacturing of small satellites, they have extended their services flexible from what they started. Currently, they are producing satellites at a reasonable cost with efficient performance ratio.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.262 Reviews

    ELSA speaks of the future in the space market. A 3-axis control system, S-band communications, and laser retro-reflector for every Target Satellite along with GPS positioning. They are also inbuilt with HD Camera and lighting, and CONOPS enhances its capture mechanism. ELSA-d mission is synonymous with financially savvy and innovation. Their design of "Chaser" spacecraft is built entirely for constellation missions. It is on the road for mass production with the credible appreciation it received.

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    • SME
    • Elwood, Indiana, US
    • Founded: 1987
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 360 Score: 4.262 Reviews

    Kepler Communications is known for its bandwidth services. Its global data service is lag-free and equipped with a suitable response mechanism. Its excellent quality of networks in all its functions. It ensures client satisfaction. Extending beyond geographical limitations, Kepler Communication has a resilient background to enhance the satellite service of both global and cellular nature. With high-tech networks, they are great for various systems, including the seismic vessels.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 4.262 Reviews

    Sky And Space Global LTD is involved in deploying constellations of nanosatellites in low earth orbit. By doing so, the company aims to achieve effective communication globally. It makes an effort to deliver affordable communication services to masses. Sky And Space Global LTD is a British public company. It plans to deploy a constellation of around 200 nanosatellites. These satellites will be made competent to monitor and handle the in-orbit communication independently.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    Blue Canyon Technologies is a renowned small satellite organization. The company undertakes space projects for academic, government, and commercial missions. The Blue Canyon Nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions are innovative, cost-effective and reliable. Embedded with advanced technology features and subsystems, the Blue Canyon space solutions are capable of meeting diverse customer requirements. Blue Canyon supports small satellites throughout its life cycle.

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    • SME
    • Colorado, USA
    • Founded: 2008
    • Below $10 MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    C3S Electronics Development LLC is renowned for providing innovative small satellite space solutions. The company leverages the support of its expertise throughout all stages of a satellite mission. The nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions provided the companies are highly reliable and are customized to meet the specific needs of customers. Over the years C3S Electronics has been part of multiple small satellite space missions. In addition to planning space missions, C3S Electronics also extends its portfolio to providing electronic system solutions and embedded system-based software and hardware solutions.

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    • Startup
    • Hungary, Europe
    • Founded: 2012
    • Below $10 MN
    • 1 to 50
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    CubeCab is a provider of dedicated launch services for cube-shaped satellites (CubeSats) to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). With its standard Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technologies, the company makes small rockets enabling fast, low-cost launches for CubeSats. Aimed at opening up commercial satellite delivery to research institutions and organisations is its five kg-payload rocket costing $250,000 per start. Using F-104 jets as launch vehicles for 3D printed rockets carrying CubeSats is another innovative idea in this direction.

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    With the new brand name of Bradford Space, Inc., Deep Space Industries will set new heights of success in space. They have been adapting to the requirements of the new ventures into space with perfection. Since their inception; they have upgraded their techniques continuously. In the U.S. Space market, their Comet™ water-based electrothermal propulsion systems have received fantastic responses. Their market presence is commendable; they have four comet system in the space in association with LeoStella and Space Flight Laboratory (SFL).

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    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    With automatic change detection, Karten Space provides you with adequate planning opportunities. Their features are equipped with Artificial Intelligence, Deep learning, and Remote Sensing to keep all their satellite image providers supremely efficient. All patterns of analysis, be it market accession and stockage trends are evaluated with monitor sites. Each of their ventures gets powered with detailed tracking solutions. With the new project of their constellation of nanosatellites which is dedicated to Earth Observation, they have the innovation to present with perfection.

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    • Startup
    • Minano, Alava, Spain
    • Founded: 2015
    • 51 to 100
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    Open Cosmos’ mission is clear, tackling global issues with satellite-based solutions. And it works with experienced employees to turn this into reality. With mass customization of all its services, Open Cosmos radically decreases the expenditure and, parallelly, keeps the performance ratio up. With remarkable change effected through comprehensive cloud software, modular hardware, and its user interface, named beeApp, benefit, and been orbital, it employs especially designed techniques for standardized performances. The entire mission is secured with a defined step-by-step procedure with its reliable assistance on every level.

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    • Startup
    • Harwell, UK
    • Founded: 2015
    • Below $10 MN
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    The presence of SAT Ltd in the Space market has created room for an accessible future. Their D-SAT nanosatellite is specifically designed as an efficient model. Composed of two units, namely Unit 1 (CubeSat platform) and Unit 2 (Satellite Payload). Each D-SAT nanosatellite is composed of these 2 CubeSat-class systems, one onboard computer OBC, one interface board, one S-band antenna, one UHF radio module, AOCS actuators and sensors, one EPS, a GPS receiver, a spin wheel, an EES, and a reliable propellant motor. To ensure maximum success, both simple operation and cruise mode are made available.

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    • Enterprise
    • SATS Inflight Catering Centre, Singapore
    • Founded: 1972
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 10,001 to 15,000
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    Spire Global INC is an analytics company. It specializes in tracking and collecting data from space for simplifying the prevalent issues on earth. The company owns and operates one of the most prominent satellite constellations on the globe. The Spire Global nanosatellite constellations are competent to identify, predict, and track marine, aeronautical and weather-related patterns. Thus, with their intelligent nanosatellite and microsatellite solutions, Spire Global can provide governments and corporate a smart solution.

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    • Startup
    • San Francisco, California, US
    • Founded: 2012
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 360 Score: 0.42 Reviews

    Zero 2 Infinity runs to make access to Space an easily approachable venture. Affordable and easy access to the area is what they aim at. Zero 2 Infinity has been working with efficient technologies to content the various technicalities with ease. Unlike other space business, they intend to include human access to Space as a dependable and accessible option. They use high- end mechanisms to ensure safety and commendable performance in all their ventures. In a typical Space market, they are promising with their Bloostar, a commercial satellite launcher and testing of LEO satellites.

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    • SME
    • Founded: 2009
    • 51 to 100

Reviews

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“Spacecraft components are apt"

I can say that the parts of various spacecraft built by space quest are long-lasting and can provide excellent services in space for an extended period. Their flying abilities are also up to the mark.
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General Manager, Company Name Classified
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“Data services are beneficial"

SPACEQUEST has provided us with excellent data services. However, the data provided by them are genuine and very helpful. I would recommend every enterprise who are looking for such service must end up their search with Spacequest.
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Other, Company Name Classified
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“Unparalleled Experience"

Their innovative solutions are designed by a diverse team of experts with an unparalleled experience. Over the years of its remarkable growth, Open Cosmos has partnered with many credible names. Their dedicated work reflects their hard-earned experience.
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
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“Accurate Forecasts"

Spire has enabled us to achieve more strategic weather forecasts. It can offer early as well as accurate warnings related to the weather conditions.
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
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“Enhanced Security capabilities"

By using Surrey Satellite solutions, our organization is now successfully able to search the data rapidly as well as can quickly get the alerts that weren’t possible earlier.
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