Main Trends and Challenges in the Space Sector

This publication provides a holistic view on space sector trends and challenges from macro to domain specific. The document is organized into 8 sections: an introduction to macro trends impacting the space sector; 6 dedicated chapters per space domain; and a closing section on governance, policy and regulation.

The 6 space domains include: earth observation, access to space, satcom, navigation, space security, and the in-orbit economy. The reports analyzes the complex macro-level dynamics that go beyond simple market forces with the multiple domains with different trends and specificities. Space also has an ever evolving regulatory and policy environment with significant reach and implications into other industrial sectors, with subsequent dependency on general macro trends. Lastly, there are considerable wider societal and economic impacts, justifying the still prevalent government spending in the sector.