Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites Market by Type (Femto, Pico, Nano, Micro, and Mini), by Sub-System (Payload, Structure, Telecommunication, On-Board Computer, Power System, Attitude Control, and Propulsion System), by Orbit Type (Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Earth Orbit), by Frequency (L- Band and S-Band), by Mass (100 kg and Above 100kg), by Application (Technology Development, Earth Observation & Remote Sensing, Communication, Space Exploration, Surveillance, and Others), and by End-User (Commercial, Civil, Government, Defense & Aerospace, Telecom, and Others)- Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast 2024-2030

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Market

Industry:  Aerospace & Defense | Publish Date: Jan 2024 | No of Pages:  N/A | No. Tables:  N/A | No. Figures:  N/A

Market Definition

The Low Earth Orbit Satellites Market size was valued at USD 8.9 billion in 2023 and is predicted to reach USD 25.5 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 16.3% from 2024-2030.

Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites are satellites that orbit the Earth at altitudes between 500 and 2,000 kilometers. Unlike satellites in higher orbits, LEO satellites offer advantages such as lower latency and frequent revisits to specific areas. This makes them particularly valuable for applications requiring real-time data, including global broadband coverage, Earth observation, scientific research, and telecommunications.

The proximity to Earth facilitates quicker data transmission, enhancing connectivity for services such as high-speed internet and location-based systems for industries including logistics, transportation, and autonomous vehicles. LEO satellites have become pivotal in addressing various industry needs, contributing to advancements in communication, Earth monitoring, scientific exploration, and navigation technologies.

Market Dynamics and Trends

The growth of the LEO satellite market is driven by the increasing demand for high-speed internet access across the globe. As per the recent report published by the International Telecommunication Union, over 5.3 billion people worldwide were using the Internet in 2022, and this demand is expected to rise significantly in the coming years.

LEO satellites are at the forefront of addressing this demand, providing advantages such as lower latency, wider coverage areas, and more cost-effective deployment and maintenance compared to traditional satellite systems. These features contribute significantly to the increasing prominence of the LEO satellite market.

Moreover, the growing use of satellites in natural disaster monitoring, urban planning, fisheries management, crop forecasting, and distance learning is significantly boosting the market growth. Satellites play a crucial role in monitoring and managing natural disasters, providing valuable data for effective disaster response and mitigation.

Additionally, they play a major role in sectors including fisheries management and agriculture leading to improved resource management. The diverse applications of LEO satellites across various industries contribute significantly to the overall growth of the market.

Furthermore, increasing investments in space programs by governments of numerous countries such as the U.S., China, and India for research & development activities to enhance global position systems (GPS) for navigation of ships, aircraft, and land vehicles are expected to further propel the growth of low earth orbit satellites market.

According to the report published by NASA, US spent USD 24.9 billion dollars in space research and exploration in 2022 as compared to USD 23.3 billion in 2021. These substantial investments highlight the global focus on advancing satellite technologies and navigation systems, contributing to the expansion of the LEO satellites market.

However, strict government regulations such as the Outer Space Treaty and registration convention are the major factors hampering the growth of the market. On the contrary, the introduction of reusable rockets that significantly reduced the cost of space missions, making it more affordable for companies and governments to launch satellites, conduct research, and explore space is anticipated to create ample growth opportunities for the market in the coming years.


Market Segmentations and Scope of the Study

The low earth orbit satellites market is segmented on the basis of type, sub-system, orbit type, frequency, mass, application, end-use, and region. On the basis of type, the market is divided into femto, pico, nano, micro, and mini. On the basis of sub system, the market is classified into payload, structure, telecommunication, on-board computer, power system, attitude control, propulsion system. On the basis of orbit types, the market is classified into low earth orbit and geostationary orbit.

On the basis of frequency, the market is divided into L-band and S-band. On the basis of mass, the market is segmented into 100 kg and above 100 kg. On the basis of application, the market is divided into technology development, earth observation & remote sensing, communication, space exploration, surveillance, and others. On the basis of end-user, the market is segmented into commercial, civil, government, defense & aerospace, telecom, and others. Regional breakdown and analysis of each of the aforesaid segments include regions comprising of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW.


Geographical Analysis

North America holds the dominant share of the low earth orbit satellites market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is attributed to factors such as increasing government investments in space exploration projects for the development of military navigation systems.

For instance, in September 2020, the U.S. Air Force launched GPS III SV04, a low earth orbit satellite from Cape Canaveral. Through this launch, the US Air Force aims to establish a precise satellite navigation system for both military and public use in this region.

Moreover, the presence of key players such as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), NASA, and Sierra Nevada Space Systems are launching new products that boost the market growth in this region. These key players continually introduce innovative products, contributing to market expansion.

For instance, in May 2022, SpaceX launched three Falcon 9 rockets carrying 53 Starlink satellites. The Starlink system is designed to provide high-speed internet access to underserved regions with the broader goal of enhancing connectivity globally.

On the other hand, Asia Pacific is expected to show steady growth in the LEO satellite market due to the rising utilization of these satellites to provide faster internet services, improved military & defense communication, and advanced GPS-based navigation systems.

For instance, in November 2021, China launched a tactical military communications satellite named ChinaSat-1D. The satellite was launched with the aim to assist the military & defense in fast and effective communication.

Moreover, the growing initiatives in the development of space stations by major economies such as China, India, and Japan are further driving the low-earth satellites market in this region.

For instance, in November 2022, China Manned Space Agency launched the final module of its space station named Mengtian to complete the construction of its space station. The Chinese space station is set to be the second permanently inhabited outpost in low-earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station.


Competitive Landscape

Various market players operating in the low earth orbit satellites industry include Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Airbus S.A.S., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Co, United Launch Alliance, Eutelsat OneWeb, Rocket Lab, Capella Space, Amazon Inc., INTELSAT S.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Planet, and others. These key players are adopting various strategies such as product launches and collaborations to remain dominant in the market.

For instance, in October 2022, OneWeb launched 36 low-earth orbit satellites with the aim to provide navigation and connectivity across the globe.

Also, in April 2022, Amazon Inc. announced Project Kuiper, a low Earth orbit satellite constellation for broadband connectivity and faster accessibility and affordability to unserved & underserved communities around the world.

Key Benefits

  • The report provides quantitative analysis and estimations of the LEO satellite market from 2024 to 2030, which assists in identifying the prevailing market opportunities.

  • The study comprises a deep-dive analysis of the LEO satellite market including the current and future trends to depict prevalent investment pockets in the industry.

  • Information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities and their impact on the LEO satellite market is provided in the report. 

  • A competitive analysis of the key players, along with their market share is provided in the report.

  • SWOT analysis and Porter's Five Forces model is elaborated in the study.

  • Value chain analysis in the market study provides a clear picture of roles of stakeholders.

Low Earth Orbit Satellites Market Key Segments

By Type 

  • Femto

  • Pico

  • Nano

  • Micro

  • Mini

By Sub-System 

  • Payload

  • Structure

  • Telecommunication

  • On-Board Computer

  • Power System

  • Attitude Control

  • Propulsion System

By Orbit Type 

  • Low Earth Orbit 

  • Geostationary Earth Orbit

By Frequency 

  • L- Band 

  • S-Band

By Mass 

  • 100 kg 

  • Above 100kg

By Application 

  • Technology Development

  • Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

  • Communication

  • Space Exploration

  • Surveillance

  • Others

By End-User 

  • Commercial

  • Civil

  • Government

  • Defense & Aerospace

  • Telecom

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • The UK

    • Germany

    • France        

    • Italy        

    • Spain        

    • Denmark        

    • Netherlands        

    • Finland        

    • Sweden        

    • Norway        

    • Russia        

    • Rest of Europe    

  • Asia Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Indonesia

    • Singapore

    • Taiwan

    • Thailand

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • RoW

    • Latin America

    • Middle East

    • Africa




Market Size in 2023

USD 8.9 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

USD 25.5 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 16.3% from 2024 to 2030

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Growth Factors

  • Rising demand for internet across the globe drives the market growth

  • Increasing utilization of LEO satellites across various industries boosts the market

  • Rising investment in space programs drives market expansion

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  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) 

  • Airbus S.A.S. 

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 

  • Orbital Sciences Corporation 

  • Sierra Nevada Space Systems 

  • Lockheed Martin 

  • Boeing Co

  • United Launch Alliance 

  • Eutelsat OneWeb 

  • Rocket Lab 

  • Capella Space 

  • Amazon Inc. 


  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Planet

Frequently Asked Questions
What will be the worth of global LEO Satellite market by the end of 2030?

According to the report published by Next Move Strategy Consulting, the LEO Satellite market business is expected to hit at $25.5 billion (USD) by 2030.

Which region is expected to hold the highest market share in the LEO Satellite Market?

North America holds the prime share of LEO satellite market due to presence of major operators such as ORBCOMM INC., Comtech EF Data Corporation, and Datum Systems in the region

Which are the top companies in the LEO Satellite industry?

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Airbus S.A.S., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Co, United Launch Alliance, Eutelsat OneWeb, Rocket Lab, Capella Space, Amazon Inc., INTELSAT S.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Planet, and others.

What are the market segmentations and scope of the study?

The global LEO Satellite market share analysis is based on type, subsystems, application, end-users, and geography.

How big is the LEO Satellite market?

Currently (in 2021), the market value stands at USD 8.9 billion and it is anticipated to reach USD 25.5 billion by 2030.