Global Space Robotics Market Size to Reach USD 6.55 Billion in 2030 | Emergen Research

Global Space Robotics Market Size to Reach USD 6.55 Billion in 2030 | Emergen Research

Increasing demand for lightweight, compact, and affordable space vehicles is a key factor driving market revenue growth

Vancouver, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global space robotics market size reached USD 4.32 Billion in 2021 and is expected to register a significantly rapid revenue CAGR during the forecast period, according to latest analysis by Emergen Research. Increasing demand for space robots and associated services and navigation from the space mining industry is a major factor driving market revenue growth.

Increasing awareness regarding the benefits of deploying Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communication satellites is a key factor driving market revenue growth. LEO communication satellites are emerging as a lucrative option in many fields. In addition, international space authorities such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) believe the technology can significantly transform how we collect information and data. The versatility in terms of the size, lower cost of installation, the scope for mass production, and shorter lifecycles are some of the essential factors driving rising investments. LEO satellites are critical in wireless broadband due to significant improvements in speed and latency. Since these satellites move closer to the earth, they offer superior signal strength and require less power for transmission. In addition, compact LEO satellites are used in remote sensing, earth observation, and communications.  Moreover, these offer the best options for scalability, thereby addressing the limitations of terrestrial networks. Space robotic systems are used in maintaining and installing critical components in these satellites. Moreover, major companies are investing in developing robotic arms that aid in reducing the time required for maintenance of satellites in LEO.

High volatility in prices of raw materials such as steel is a key factor restraining market revenue growth. The robotics industry is significantly dependent on steel and aluminum components and materials for the manufacture of external as well as internal structures of space robots. However, imposition of export duties on steel products presents a significant challenges to companies seeking to expand their capacity and operations in the robotics and space industries. In countries such as India, which is a major contributor to the global steel economy, the government has waived custom duties on the import of raw materials used in the steel industry, such as coal and ferronickel, and increased export taxes to keep local prices in check. In addition, to increase domestic availability, the duty on iron ore exports was raised to 50%, and on a few steel intermediaries to 15%. This has majorly affected companies operating globally as steel is a critical material that is used in the manufacturing of space robots, and with the increasing number of initiatives being undertaken for development of space exploration programs, steel demand continues to rapidly increase.

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The global space robotics market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.7% over the forecast period and revenue is projected to increase from USD 4.32 Billion in 2021 to USD 6.55 Billion in 2030. Increasing usage of space robots in satellite maintenance activities is a major factor driving market revenue growth. Satellites placed in orbit are programmed for tasks such as refueling, inspecting, repairing, and constructing large orbital satellites and infrastructures. Hence, extravehicular activities are carried out by humans to avoid damage and interruption of signals. However, this requires careful planning and preparation. In addition, this drastically increases mission costs and turn-around time. Moreover, rapid advancements in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and others is resulting in major companies investing significantly in the incorporation of AI-enabled software and IoT-enabled devices for better communication and collection of critical data and information. This enables industry specialists to make more informed decisions during satellite failure and downtime.

Global space robotics market growth had been significantly disrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Space robots incorporated with sensors aid in gathering of critical data and information related to satellites, and objects in outer space. These sensors are primarily manufactured and imported from countries such as China, where the outbreak first occurred. This majorly dented the supply chain of these components and significantly hampered end production. In addition, due to the rapid increase in the mortality rate, governments in various countries imposed stringent regulations on all international trade thereby hampering the availability of raw materials. Moreover, lockdowns were imposed to contain the spread of the virus thereby hampering domestic trade opportunities. Major companies operating globally had to halt production and operations in order to comply with rules and regulations thereby reducing demand as well as application of robots for space exploration and satellite maintenance activities. However, the situation has improved following lockdowns and trade restrictions having been lifted and governments in various countries are in process or various phases of launching initiatives and programs to boost application of robots in various fields.

Increasing application of robots in advancing in-spacing manufacturing is a robust trend expected to drive market revenue growth during the forecast period.  In addition, major companies are investing in the development of robotic arms perform complex tasks in orbit or on surfaces of planets or the moon. On 24 May 2022 for instance, Nanoracks LLC, which is a leading manufacturer and provider of space technologies headquartered in Houston, Texas, U.S., announced launching the outpost mars demo-1 experiment which includes a small articulating robot arm that is housed on SpaceX’s Transporter 5 rideshare. It will be used to demonstrate metal cutting in orbit. This is significant achievement because it aids in converting used parts of rocket ejected after various stages of launch into space habitats. In addition, the experiment is a part of the outpost program by Nanoracks and will demonstrate future possibilities in building space infrastructure. 

Market in Asia Pacific accounted for second-largest revenue share in 2021. Presence of space research agencies and organizations such as the China National Space Administration (CNSA), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and others is a key factor driving market revenue growth in this region. These agencies and organizations are investing significantly in space exploration activities and supporting private companies in the development of innovative and high-performance space technologies. The wide availability of cost-effective Three-Dimensional (3D) printing equipment and raw materials such as steel, and others are contributing to rapid advancements in various initiatives and programs. This is also expected to continue to support market revenue growth in this region.            

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Scope of Research

Report Details Outcome
Market size in 2021 USD 4.32 Billion
CAGR (2022–2030) 4.7%
Revenue forecast to 2030 USD 6.55 Billion
Base year for estimation 2021
Historical data 2019–2020
Forecast period 2022–2030
Quantitative units Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR in % from 2022 to 2030
Report coverage Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Segments covered Offerings, application, end-use, and region
Regional scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa
Country scope U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Benelux, Rest of Europe, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Rest of APAC, Brazil, Rest of LATAM, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa, Turkey, Rest of MEA
Key companies profiled Oceaneering International, Inc., Northrop Grumman, Motiv Space System, Inc., Metecs, LLC, Maxar Technologies, Intuitive Machines, LLC, Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Altius Space Machines, Motiv Space Systems, Inc., Ispace, Inc., Olis Robotics, and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.
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Major Companies and Competitive Landscape

The global space robotics market is fairly fragmented, with a number of large and medium-sized players accounting for majority market revenue. Major players are deploying various strategies, entering into mergers & acquisitions, strategic agreements & contracts, developing, testing, and introducing more effective space robotics solutions. Some major companies included in the global space robotics market report are:

  • Oceaneering International, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Motiv Space Systems, Inc.
  • Metecs, LLC
  • Maxar Technologies
  • Intuitive Machines, LLC
  • Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
  • Altius Space Machines
  • Motiv Space Systems, Inc.
  • Ispace, Inc.
  • Olis Robotics
  • Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.

Strategic Development

  • On 17 May 2022, Redwire Corporation, which is a leading manufacturer of high-performance components for next generation of space economy headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S., announced the opening of a manufacturing facility in Luxembourg City. This new facility will be utilized for developing and designing robotic arms that are critical during orbital, and lunar missions, among others. In addition, the robotic arms manufactured will be supporting activities such as satellite maintenance, in-space assembly of critical structures, and aid space scientists in their manufacturing.  Moreover, they will be utilized for removing debris, payload management, and other lunar surface operations.
  • On 20 April 2022, Astrobiotic Technology, which is a leading manufacturer of space robotics technology for lunar and planetary missions headquartered in Pittsburg, unveiled its robotic lunar lander that is designed to carry loads to the surface of the moon. The peregrine lunar lander spacecraft is roughly the size of a refrigerator and includes five main engines. These engines will enable the lander to touch down on the lunar surface. The company has received a multimillion-dollar contract from NASA. In addition, the investment is a part of NASA’s flagship program, which is a major effort to return humans to the lunar surface.

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Some Key Highlights From the Report

  • Solution segment accounted for significant revenue share in 2021. Increasing adoption of robotic subsystems and rising demand for software that enables multiple robot collaborative planning are key factors driving revenue growth of this segment. In addition, significant investments by major companies such as PIAP Space, Olis Robotics, and others in related initiatives and projects is contributing to the revenue growth of this segment. For instance, the TITAN project by PIAP Space aims at advancing and developing a multi-articulated robotic arm for satellite servicing. It will be utilized for the maintenance of deorbiting satellites, thereby removing space debris that might hamper proper functioning of on-orbital satellites.     
  • Deep Space segment accounted for a significantly large revenue share in 2021. Major investments by domestic and international space research institutes and rapid advancements in robotic technologies such as incorporation of AI and ML, IoT devices, and others play a major role in driving revenue growth of this segment. In addition, increasing participation of private companies such as SpaceX and others has contributed significantly to revenue growth of this segment. Investments being made are primarily for development of products and partnering with international space authorities to provide more cost-effective and advanced solutions.  
  • Government segment accounted for significantly robust revenue share in 2021. Increasing emphasis on space and satellite technologies for military & defense purposes and applications is a major factor driving market revenue growth in this segment. In addition, government bodies in various countries are supporting as well as funding research & development activities associated with space and robotics, which is further boosting market revenue growth.
  • Market in North America accounted for largest revenue share in 2021. Presence of major market companies such as Northrop Grumman, Redwire Corporation, and others play a key role in driving market revenue growth in this region. These companies are investing significantly in the construction of new manufacturing facilities and developing innovative robotic systems that precisely fulfill end-user requirements. On 13 September 2021 for instance, Northrop Grumman, which is a leading aerospace, defense, and security company headquartered in Virginia, U.S., announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary – Space Logistics – is preparing to launch a new servicing vehicle equipped with a robotic arm for satellites maintenance. The project is developed under a partnership with Defense Advanced Research Projects and will allow the company to use the technology for commercial as well as government satellite servicing in the geostationary belt. Increasing demand in this region can also be attributed to rising disposable income and rapid advancements in existing space technologies.

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Emergen Research has segmented global space robotics market on the basis of offerings, application, end-use, and region:

  • Offerings Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2019-2030)
    • Solution
  1. Autonomous Sensors and Systems
  2. Robotics and Subsystems
  3. Software
  4. Others
    • Services
  1. Satellite Servicing
  2. On-orbit Assembly
  3. Surface Mobility
  4. De-orbiting Services
  5. Others
  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2019-2030)
    • Near Space
  1. Space Operations
  2. Space Exploration
  3. Space Transportation
  4. In Space 3D Printing
  5. Others
    • Deep Space
  6. Space Transportation
  7. Space Exploration
    • Ground
  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2019-2030)
    • Government
  1. Defense Department
  2. Space Agencies
  3. Others
    • Commercial
  1. Private Satellite Operators
  2. Launch Service Providers
  3. Others
  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2019-2030)
    • North America
      1. U.S.
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    • Europe
      1. Germany
      2. France
      3. U.K.
      4. Italy
      5. Spain
      6. Benelux
      7. Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. South Korea
      5. Rest of APAC
    • Latin America
      1. Brazil
      2. Rest of LATAM
    • Middle East & Africa
      1. Saudi Arabia
      2. UAE
      3. South Africa
      4. Turkey
      5. Rest of MEA

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