The global space robotic solution market consists of robots deployed in outer space for various applications such as space exploration, communication and surveillance. Space robotic platforms offer benefits such as high precision, ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions and carry out tasks autonomously with minimal human intervention. The growing commercialization of space exploration activities by private space companies has significantly increased the demand for space robotic solutions.
The global space robotic solution market is estimated to be valued at US$ 5.04 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 17% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Market key trends:
The commercialization of space exploration has been a major driver of the space robotic solution market over the past decade. Lower launch costs offered by private space companies like SpaceX have enabled greater accessibility of space. This has attracted several private players to launch communication satellites and conduct experiments. Companies are also investing in developing capabilities to conduct servicing and repairing of satellites in orbit using space robots. For instance, Northrop Grumman has developed Mission Extension Vehicle to extend lifespan of satellites through on-orbit servicing. Space robots are also being designed for constructing infrastructure in space through 3D printing technology. Such trends have significantly boosted demand for space robotic platforms and this key trend is expected to continue driving market growth over the forecast period.
Strength: Space robotic solutions offers reduced costs and risks compared to human spaceflight missions. They allow exploration of space in a more efficient manner.
Weakness: High initial costs associated with the development and launching of space robots. Technical challenges include issues with reliability, autonomy and longevity in the harsh space environment.
Opportunity: Growing demand for services like debris removal, assembly & manufacturing, space observations and asteroid mining. Emerging trends of satellite constellations and cubesat deployment also offer opportunities.
Threats: Stringent policies and regulations. Growing competition from private space companies. Delays and budget overruns of major programmes pose threats.
The global space robotic solution market is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific region is witnessing rapid growth in this market. Countries like China and India are actively pursuing space programs that involve use of space robotics. Several emerging space startups in Asia are also working on developing robotic technologies.
Key players operating in the space robotic solution market include Maxar Technologies, Motiv Space Systems, Altius Space Machines, Astrobotic Technology, Made In Space, Northrop Grumman, Honeybee Robotics, Effective Space Solutions, Bradford Space, Olis Robotics, Metecs, Astroscale, D-Orbit SpA, ClearSpace, Space Applications Services, Kepler Communications, Kubos, SpiderFab, Tethers Unlimited, and MDA. These players are involved in developing robots, robotic arms, robotic refueling spacecraft and other advanced robotic technologies for applications in low Earth orbit and beyond. Many private space companies are also working on services like space debris removal which would involve deployment of robots. Collaborations between private players as well as public-private partnerships are on the rise.
- Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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