Satellite Optical Ground Station Market Analysis Report-2028

Satellite Optical Ground Station Market Forecast to 2028 - Global Analysis by Operation (Laser Satcom and Optical Operations), Equipment (Consumer Equipment and Network Equipment), Application (Laser Operations, Debris Identification, Earth Observation, and Space Situational Awareness), and End User (Government and Military and Commercial Enterprises)

Publication Month : Jun 2023

  • Report Code : TIPRE00029898
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 181
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[Research Report] The satellite optical ground station market is expected to grow from US$ 62,013.92 million in 2023 to US$ 113,299.14 million by 2028; it is estimated to register a CAGR of 8.4% from 2023 to 2028.

Advanced satellite optical ground station technologies are being widely adopted in the US and Canada to improve defense capabilities. In August 2020, the US Space Center announced that United Launch Alliance (ULA) was awarded a contract to launch its critical national security space missions for the US Space Force. The launches are planned from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in FY2027. This is likely to boost the adoption of ground station technologies.

Moreover, the launch of new satellite ground stations and the expansion of existing ground stations is another major factor driving the satellite optical ground station market across North America.

  • In 2022, BlueHalo won a contract worth US$ 1.4 billion from the US Space Force to upgrade 12 military ground stations across the country, wherein BlueHalo will replace the old parabolic satellite dishes with electronic phased array antennas across the military ground stations.
  • In February 2023, Satellite operator KSAT announced that it was expanding its network with the installation of new ground station antennas across Antarctica and expanding its capacity in the US through multiple antennas in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Southeast US.
  • In January 2023, SpaceX’s Starlink announced the launch of its fleet of second-generation satellites and the expansion of its ground station infrastructure across the US.
  • In May 2019, GigaSat, part of Ultra Electronics Communications & Integrated Systemsv
  •  (CIS), in partnership with Inmarsat, delivered 16 satellite multiband earth ground station terminals to Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND).

Such developments are likely to catalyze the growth of satellite optical ground station market across the region. Further, the growth in the number of satellite launches is likely to generate new opportunities for market vendors during the forecast period.

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Satellite Optical Ground Station Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 62,013.92 million in 2023
Market Size Value byUS$ 113,299.14 million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 8.4% from 2023 to 2028
Forecast Period2023-2028
Base Year2023
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Europe Satellite Optical Ground Station Market Growth


Germany, Italy, the UK, Russia, France, and Spain were the most-affected European countries by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments in the region imposed various regulations to curb the spread of the virus. Several countries in the region witnessed an economic hit and a decline in industrial activities in Q2 of 2020. Many European countries closed their borders and implemented drastic measures on the transport of goods, restricting the supply of components used for building ground stations, thus, drastically affecting the satellite optical ground station market growth in the region. However, in Q1 of 2021, after the government restrictions were lifted, the market players could restart their manufacturing activities. In addition, the governments of the above European countries were able to provide contracts to the market players to build new optical ground stations. For instance, in September 2022, SSC announced that European Space Agency (ESA) awarded them US$ 1.09 million (EUR 1.1 million) for the development of the optical communication project Network of Optical stations for Data transfer to Earth from Space (NODES). For this project, SSC selected the French company Cailabs to construct the first optical ground station. Thus, the increasing investments by the government for constructing optical ground stations will further fuel the growth of the satellite optical ground station market during the projected period.

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Market Insights – Satellite Optical Ground Station Market

Based on geography, the satellite optical ground station market is primarily segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and rest of world. North America is expected to account for the largest satellite optical ground station market share in 2023, followed by Europe.

Various major developments took place across Germany, fueling the growth of the satellite optical ground stations market. For instance, in October 2022, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) inaugurated a new optical ground station at its site in Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria that is being utilized for testing optical satellite network connections. Similarly, in April 2022, a German-developed hyperspectral satellite (EnMAP) was successfully launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This will also generate demand for satellite ground station technologies in Germany. Such developments by the market players are driving the satellite optical ground station market across Germany.

Equipment-Based Insights – Satellite Optical Ground Station Market

Based on equipment, the satellite optical ground station market is segmented into consumer equipment and network equipment. The network equipment segment is expected to account for the largest satellite optical ground station market share in 2023. The rise in the number of ground stations across different regions is one of the major factors driving the deployment of network equipment systems. For instance, ESS Earth Sciences offers different types of satellite ground station systems which can be installed nationally and internationally. One of the satellite ground stations is Oberon. The Oberon system employs a “tracking antenna,” which monitors satellites in space on an XY mount to collect data from various polar-orbiting environmental monitoring satellite systems, including those run by NASA and NOAA. The Capella and Telesto systems use another type of antenna called a "fixed antenna." This antenna is used to collect data from geostationary satellites.

Players operating in the satellite optical ground station market are mainly focused on the development of advanced and efficient systems.

  • In March 2023, HENSOLDT Optronics, a sensor solutions provider, has broken ground for constructing a new plant in Oberkochen, Germany. The EUR 100 million investment project aims to expand the company's capacity to supply high-performance military equipment for the German Armed Forces and NATO members and the semiconductor industry. The plant's energy concept is also innovative and sustainable, with 70% of electricity to be covered by the company's renewable sources, to reach 100% in the long term. The new location is expected to be operational in 2025 and will create highly skilled jobs for the Ostwürttemberg region and beyond.
  • In December 2022, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) completed a fully-networked demonstration using multiple laser communication terminals, including ground, mobile, and airborne terminals. The purpose of the demonstration was to highlight extended multi-point networking communications using lasercomm and to show how lasercomm can be utilized in an operational theater to provide LPI/LPD high-capacity comms for the warfighter.
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Operation, Equipment, Application, and End User

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Middle East and Africa, Russia, South America, United Kingdom, United States

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the global market size for the satellite optical ground station market by 2028?

The satellite optical ground station market is expected to reach US$ 113,299.14 Mn by 2028.

What are the future trends of the global satellite optical ground station market?

The rising demand for laser-based satellite communication will significantly increase the demand for satellite optical ground stations in the coming years.

What is the incremental growth of the global satellite optical ground station market during the forecast period?

The incremental growth, expected to be recorded for the satellite optical ground station market during the forecast period, is US$ 51,285.22 million.

Which is the fastest growing regional market?

Europe is anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period.

What is the estimated global market size for the global satellite optical ground station market in 2023?

The global satellite optical ground station market was estimated to be USD 62,013.92 Mn million in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4 % during the forecast period 2023 - 2028.

What are the driving factors impacting the global satellite optical ground station market?

The growing number of satellite launches and the rising amount of space debris are the major factors that propel the satellite optical ground station market growth.

Which are the key players holding the major market share of global satellite optical ground station market?

The key players holding majority shares in the satellite optical ground station market include Raytheon Technologies Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Konsberg Gruppen.

The List of Companies - Satellite Optical Ground Station Market

  1. Thales
  2. Ball Corporation
  3. AAC Clyde Space
  5. General Atomics
  6. Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG
  7. European Space Agency
  9. Mynaric AG

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