Small Satellite Market Intelligence

The Small Satellite Market Intelligence update is a quarterly report that follows the fast growing interest in small satellites with the intention to make data on the sector free and accessible.

Small Satellites provide a complementary alternative to larger satellites by providing cheaper, more frequent and up-to-date data, opening new markets for satellite applications. The past 5 years have seen the emergence of this market and the UK is in a good position to capitalise.

As part of its remit to support the UK space sector, the Catapult provides guidance and facilitates industry growth in this new space era. The Small Satellite Market Intelligence report will share information the Catapult teams aggregate through day-to-day work. Quarterly rather than yearly reports are issued in order to improve the visibility of the fast-growing sector of small satellites. These reports aim to inform but also consolidate information through your feedback and will be complemented with ad-hoc reports on specific topics.

What are Small Satellites?

Small satellites are defined here as satellites with a wet mass (including propellant) below or equal to 500 kg with the associated terminology as per table. They are mostly used in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) below 2,000 km altitude, a majority currently in Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) where lighting conditions of given areas remain the same across the year.



Download Issue 1 – July 2017

Download Issue 2 – October 2017

Download Issue 3 – December 2017

Download Issue 4 – March 2018

Contributing Authors

A team with technical and commercial backgrounds consolidate their understanding and news of the small satellite world. The team currently comprises:

Please contact the team at if you have comments or topics of interest you would find of value to be included in future editions.


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