UAV Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Global Market Report 2023: Sector to Reach $10.72 Billion by 2033 from $9.3 Billion in 2022

DUBLIN, April 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The “UAV Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Market – A Global and Regional Analysis: Focus on Application, Frequency Band, Drone Type, Component, and Country – Analysis and Forecast, 2023-2033” report has been added to’s offering.

The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market is estimated to reach $10,725.6 million in 2033 from $9,365.0 million in 2022, at a growth rate of 1.34% during the forecast period 2023-2033.

The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market is expected to be driven by the rise in applications of UAVs across multiple industries, increasing demand for multiband and multifunction antennas, hybrid communication systems, and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations.

Market Lifecycle Stage

The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market has gained significant importance over the years 2019-2022. Over the past few years, industry participants have been focusing on technologies such as software-defined radios, integration of SATCOM with AI, and lightweight SATCOM antennae, as these are the critical parameters that increase the flexibility and reliability of UAV communication.

Furthermore, enabling beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations, size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements for SATCOM terminals and deployment of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation technologies are driving the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market growth across sectors.


The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market has reached great advancement in a variety of fields, such as precision agriculture and environmental monitoring, surveillance and mapping, and delivery services. The major challenges in the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market are cybersecurity, regulatory challenges, limited bandwidth, and supply chain challenges. The most pressing challenge facing the drone industry is regulation. With more and more UAVs being deployed and generating increasing amounts of data, there is a growing demand for high-bandwidth communication links.

However, there is a finite amount of available bandwidth, which can limit the number of UAVs that can be deployed and the amount of data that can be transmitted. Additionally, the development and deployment of satellite communication systems is another challenge. Moreover, these challenges are impacting the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market. On the other hand, the demand for high-speed, low latency, and secure communication links are the major drivers of growth in the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market.

Market Segmentation

Segmentation 1: by Application

  • Marine Surveillance
  • Disaster Management
  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Industrial Inspection and Monitoring
  • Military ISR
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Civil Surveillance
  • Cinematography

Based on application, the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market is expected to be dominated by the agriculture and forestry segment during the forecast period.

Segmentation 2: by Drone Type

  • Fixed Wing (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE), High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE), Mini UAVs, VTOL)
  • Rotary Wing (Single-Rotor, Multi-Rotor)

Segmentation 3: by Frequency Band

  • Ku Band
  • Ka Band
  • X Band
  • C Band
  • S Band
  • L Band
  • Q Band
  • V Band

The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market by frequency band includes the Ku band, which is expected to dominate the market.

Segmentation 4: by Component

  • Antennae
  • Amplifier
  • Upconverter
  • Downconverter
  • Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • Digital-to-Analog Converter
  • Modulator
  • Demodulator
  • Encoder
  • Decoder
  • Scrambler
  • Descrambler
  • Multiplexer
  • Demultiplexer
  • User Interface
  • Wiring Solution
  • Power Unit
  • Casing

The global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market by component includes a user interface, which is expected to dominate the market.

Segmentation 5: by Region

  • North America – U.S. and Canada
  • EuropeFrance, Germany, Russia, U.K., and Rest-of-Europe
  • Asia-PacificChina, Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific
  • Rest-of-the-World – Middle East and Africa and South America

Europe accounted for the highest share of 29.88% in the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market by value in 2022, owing to a significant number of companies based in the region.

Recent Developments in the Global UAV Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Market

  • On January 2023, as part of the Iris air traffic modernization program, Inmarsat Global Limited and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract to develop a tiny satellite terminal for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), clearing the path for their safe integration into commercial airspace.
  • On December 2022, Inmarsat Global Limited collaborated with LikeAbird, a manufacturer of innovative systems, products, and solutions for the UAV and robotics industries, to drive technology development and reinforce Velaris as the BVLOS service of choice.
  • In November 2022, Gilat Satellite Networks signed a multi-year, multimillion-dollar strategic agreement with a UAV manufacturer to enable advanced capabilities in high/medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles via next-generation BRP60 satellite communication terminals.

Demand – Drivers and Limitations

The following are the drivers for the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market:

  • Evolving SWaP Requirements for UAV SATCOM Terminals
  • Enabling BVLOS Drone Operations
  • Increased Deployment of Satellite Constellation

The following are the challenges for the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Dependence on Satellite Availability
  • Limited Bandwidth

Following are the opportunities for the global UAV satellite communication (SATCOM) market:

  • Increase in the Bandwidth up to 20 Megabits per Second

Key Market Players and Competition Synopsis

The companies that are profiled have been selected based on inputs gathered from primary experts and analysis of the company’s coverage, product portfolio, and market penetration.

In 2021, the top segment players leading the market included established players, constituting 68% of the presence in the market. Emerging market participants include startup entities that account for approximately 32% of the presence in the market.

Key Companies Profiled

  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Cobham Aerospace Communications
  • Thales Group
  • Get SAT Ltd.
  • Viasat Inc.
  • Harvest Technology Group Pty Limited.
  • SKYTRAC Systems Ltd.
  • Gilat Satellite Networks
  • Inmarsat Global Limited
  • Indra
  • Cowave Communication Technology Co., Ltd
  • Orbit Communication Systems Ltd.
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Key Topics Covered:

1 Market

2 Application

3 Product

4 Region

5 Competitive Benchmarking and Company Profiles

6 Growth Opportunities and Recommendations

7 Research Methodology

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