Reusable Launchers Market Research Report 2022

Dublin, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Reusable Launchers Market – Growth, Trends, Impact of COVID-19, and Forecast (2022-2031)” report has been added to from offer.

The reusable launchers market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market is low. Although space launches have been delayed due to the pandemic, there have been no major space launch cancellations in the past two years. In addition, R&D activities aimed at developing reusable launchers continued at a sustained pace in several countries around the world.

The demand for satellite networks and commercial and defense application services has increased. This has led to an increase in satellite launches for military surveillance, communication, navigation, Earth observation and scientific research, among others. Space agencies and private companies have tried to reduce the costs of satellite launch systems in recent years. Many market players have invested in the development of reusable launch systems with recovery of all or part of the component stages.

Main market trends

Growth in R&D activities related to reusable launchers

The number of players investing in the development of reusable launchers is increasing. SpaceX was one of the first companies to achieve the first vertical soft landing of a reusable orbital rocket stage in 2015. Currently, the company routinely salvages and reuses first stages from rockets, with the goal of also reusing fairings. Orbital-class reusable operational launch systems are Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.

The company is also developing the fully reusable Starship Launch System. Many other leading companies are also working to develop similar technologies related to reusable launch vehicles. For example, Blue Origin is developing the partially reusable New Glenn orbital rocket, with the intention of recovering and reusing only the first stage. Similarly, in January 2022, ArianeGroup unveiled its new Rocket family with a reusable mini rocket.

The company announced that it was developing the concept of a new family of European launchers with a reusable first stage and a new mini launcher called Maia. Government space agencies are also placing more emphasis on building reusable launch vehicles for their space missions. India’s space research organization, ISRO, is developing the reusable launch vehicle technology.

Demonstrator or RLV-TD, a possible reusable two-stage to orbit (TSTO) launch vehicle with the aim of reducing the cost of access to space. ISRO currently uses a hybrid design, which sits between NASA’s Space Shuttle program and SpaceX’s reusable rockets. The organization plans to perform a key landing experiment, RLV-LEX, in 2022 that will bring it closer to an orbital re-entry experiment (ORE). These developments are expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is expected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region like China, India, and Japan, among others, have rapidly increased their investments in the development of their space infrastructure to meet the growing demand. Asia-Pacific is expected to lead the market over the forecast period as several countries are investing in improving their space-related businesses. In 2021, more than 40% of global satellite launches were made by China, India and Japan.

In addition, countries plan to further increase satellite launch capabilities in the coming years. According to the National Space Administration of China, China plans to launch about 100 satellites by 2025. Chinese company iSpace has gradually increased its investment in developing advanced technologies for reusable launch vehicles. The company is currently developing Hyperbola-2, a 28-meter-tall, 3.35-meter-diameter liquid oxygen-methane launch vehicle capable of launching more than 1,100 kg of payload into a 500-kilometre or 800 kg sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). payload when the first stage needs to be recovered and reused.

China is now eyeing new milestones as it aims to develop reusable rockets like SpaceX’s Falcon-9. The next generation of launch vehicles will transport crew and cargo to the Tiangong space station. The Japanese aerospace industry enjoys a strong international reputation, especially in the area of ​​research and development (R&D).

It has recently reoriented its R&D activity towards the commercialization of space technology. The Japanese aerospace industry is constantly developing and promoting its satellite systems, space development initiatives, transportation programs, and focusing on reusable launch vehicles.

The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, is developing the RLV-TD, a possible reusable two-stage to-orbit (TSTO) launch vehicle, to reduce the cost of accessing space. Such developments are propelling the growth of the reusable launchers market in the region.

Competitive landscape

ArianeGroup, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), United Launch Alliance LLC (ULA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are some of the major players in the market.

Players are expanding their geographic reach by winning global contracts from emerging satellite operators. Market players are also investing significantly in the R&D of new RLVs. For example, ISRO has developed and tested its technologies through technology demonstrations such as the Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV TD). The RLV TD is a hybrid vehicle that combines the technologies of an aircraft and a launch vehicle, one above the other, to achieve a two-step-to-orbit (TSTO) capability.

Similarly, SpaceX is also developing a fully reusable next-generation heavy rocket, named Starship, to ferry humans and 100 tons of cargo to the moon and Mars. Developments like this are expected to contribute to the growth of players in the years to come.

Companies cited

  • Ariane Group
  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
  • United Launch Alliance, LLC
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Blue Origin Enterprises, LP
  • link space
  • China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC)
  • German Aerospace Center

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