Insights into the global space supply chain - January 2020

This is the second in a series of articles produced each month to share some of the key things that we have learned about the global space supply chain through our work. You can see the post about December 2019 here and to stay up to date, please join our weekly newsletter here.

Every month, thousands of people from around the world use satsearch to find out more information about the space industry; searching for new products, suppliers and services for a myriad of exciting projects.

We also receive requests from buyers looking for a wide selection of technology and expertise; we matchmake these requests with relevant suppliers in our network.

In this post, we’d like to share with you a few of the interesting insights that our wealth of data provides into the state of today’s global supply chain. In particular, we’ll share the location of satsearch buyers, the most popular suppliers and an overview of the leads we have received, all in January 2020.

An overview of satsearch statistics for January 2020

At the start of a new year companies get back up and running on various different dates. We all know that it can take a little time to get up to speed, but we’re really pleased to see that satsearch was serving plenty of buyers from the 1st of January looking for space technology suppliers around the world.

In total, the platform was used in 98 countries.

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Analytics map showing the relative global distribution of satsearch buyers for January 2020.

We love seeing all of these areas lit up all across the globe. More and more businesses and organisations from many different countries are getting involved in space every quarter, and this map seems to get bluer every month!

The countries where satsearch users are based

To take a closer look at which countries had the most satsearch buyers in January 2020, we generated the chart below:

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Proportion of satsearch buyers originating from the top 10 countries globally, plus the rest of the world, in January 2020.

As can be seen, the US is again the most popular country of origin for satsearch buyers (the same as last month), which is expected due to the volume of commercial NewSpace activity in the country. It’s also great to see the amount of interest in the global space supply chain coming from countries in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

There are over 1,300 suppliers along with thousands of products and services listed on the satsearch platform from all around the world. In January 2020, the most popular companies and products with satsearch buyers were:

Top 5 suppliers Top 5 products/services
Tesat Spacecom SW1FT - IOD
Hyperion Technologies GNSS200
Space Inventor RW210
NewSpace Systems RW400
Dawn Aerospace Phoenix

New business opportunities

Satsearch buyers submitted more than 20 requests in January, resulting in dozens of leads for businesses in our community. Potential buyers searched for information on a wide range of technology and services including:

  • An X-band transmitter
  • 1U and 3U CubeSat solar panels
  • A CubeSat structure
  • An ADCS system
  • A 40Whr CubeSat battery
  • A sun sensor
  • A Ka band power amplifier and up-down converter
  • S-band power isolators
  • An ethernet switch
  • A GPS system, receiver and patch antenna
  • In-orbit demonstration (IOD) services
  • A reaction wheel
  • Star trackers
  • A solar cell assembly

To see the latest updates on our open business opportunities, please view the satsearch leads page here.

Insights into user activity in January 2020

Here are three things we noticed from our work building and maintaining our global online marketplace for space products and services last month:

(1) Growth of university team business - in January we observed significant growth in a trend that has been steadily increasing over the last year or so; more and more university teams seem to be building their own payloads and small satellites, and are looking for the best modular components and sub-systems to meet their needs.

This is evidence of the greater possibilities that the modern space industry is bringing to fruition, and it’s great news for suppliers able to serve the academic market. Student, research and other university teams now have the ability to search for commercially-available space products and services from across the world to fulfill their missions’ requirements.

In turn, this will enable new equipment designs and orbital experiments to make it into orbit, pushing the boundaries of knowledge for everyone’s benefit. It also helps to build the industry’s capacity for the future by giving students unprecedented experience of design, build, launch and operation. Exciting times!

(2) Work to do on standardisation and production capability - constellations are driving major progress in the industry. The commercial potential is well-known - SpaceX for example has recently stated that Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the entity overseeing its Starlink global internet constellation, is likely to be spunout and taken public in the not too distant future.

But parts of the industry still need to develop the capacity to serve such clients. It was reported this week for example that Kepler is planning to develop its 140 satellite constellation in-house instead of working with a wider external supply chain.

We speak to companies on a daily basis working to solve issues of standardisation, interoperability, modularisation and production capacity - but it is clear that there is plenty of scope for the industry to improve in 2020 and beyond. Let’s get to work!

(3) A closer look at Germany - last month we took a closer look at which states satsearch buyers are based in across the US. This month we’ve put the spotlight on Germany to see which regions buyers originated from.

In the chart below, you can see a breakdown of the regions from where we had the most buyer sessions on the platform. Germany is the top contributor to ESA’s budget and has a good distribution of companies around the country. Bavaria was our biggest regional source of buyers in January, which is expected given the volume of industry in the area and the fact that it actually has its own space agency and program.

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Chart showing the distribution of buyer sessions across the regions of Germany.

It’s also good to see so much interest from Berlin, where many startups and financiers are based, and strong activity across several other regions showing how much interest there is in the industry.

Next month we’ll take a closer look at India, one of our consistently strongest sources of buyer activity.

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