Optical satellite communications market, 6th edition

26 January 2024 | Research

Prachi Kawade | Dafni Christodoulopoulou

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (18 slides)

"Optical inter-satellite links are pivotal for communication constellation operators' business cases, driving a USD2.6 billion opportunity in the next decade."


This report analyses the market dynamics of the optical satellite communications (satcom) market and competitive landscape. It also provides recommendations for stakeholders such as laser communications terminals (LCT) manufacturers on how to capitalise on the demand for LCTs in response to growing adoption across satellite constellations.

Questions answered in this report

  • Which application is driving the demand for space-based laser communication?
  • Which market trends are influencing the growth of the LCT market? What are the associated market opportunities and challenges?
  • What is the projected size of the LCT market over the next decade and where is the growth expected to be?
  • Who are the key players in the LCT market and what does the market landscape look like?

Who should read this report

  • Satellite communications equipment manufacturers
  • Earth observation (EO) and high-throughput satellite (HTS) satellite operators
  • Data downlink service providers
  • Data relay network and ground receiving station operators
  • Financial institutions and investors
  • Space agencies
  • Opto-electronic systems players
  • System integrators
  • R&D organisations
  • Ground station operators

Covered in this report

  • NEW in this edition: snapshot of competitive landscape (updated) 
  • NEW in this edition: services forecast for Earth observation 
  • evaluation of optical satellite communications drivers and restraints 
  • qualitative analysis of applications such as communications, Earth observation and data relay
  • 10-year forecast for the optical satellite communication equipment market.

Forecast variables

  • In-service units
  • Equipment revenue
  • Service revenue

Market segmentation

Link type
  • Space-space (only for equipment) 
  • Space-ground (only for equipment) 
  • Communication constellations (only for equipment) 
  • Earth observation 
  • Data relay (only for equipment) 
  • GEO (only for equipment) 
  • Non-GEO (only for equipment) 
  • North America (NAM) 
  • Latin America (LAM) 
  • Europe 
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA) 
  • Asia 

Companies included in this report 

SpaceX, Spire Global, Space Development Agency (SDA), OneWeb, Telesat, Amazon, NASA, Mynaric, ESA, USAF, Airbus, L3 Harris, Blue Halo, General Dynamics, Bridgecomm, Space Micro, Space Compass, Cailabs, Contec, KSAT, Kepler Communications, Thales Alenia Space, Tesat-Spacecom, Skyloom, Honeywell Aerospace, CACI, WarpSpace, Addvalue iDRS, Leaf Space, Capella Space, JAXA, AstroScale, ICEYE, Satellogic, Blacksky Global, Planet, Astrogate Labs, X-Lumin, Synopta, Miratlas, SSC, Atlas Space Operations, RBC Signals, mBryonics, CNES, Xenesis, Hensoldt, Mosctkom, Astrolight, Infostellar, Sfera Technologies, Spaceit, Telespazio VEGA UK 


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Prachi Kawade

Senior Analyst, expert in space and satellite