Satellite Docking System Market Research Report 2022 - Global Forecasts to 2032 with Analysis of Satellite Docking System Suppliers and Enabling Solution Providers

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The global satellite docking system market is estimated to reach $1,011.34 million in 2032 from $66.5 million in 2022, at a growth rate of 31.3% during the forecast period 2022-2032.

The growth in the global satellite docking system market is expected to be driven by the enforcement of regulations on space sustainability and increase in in-orbit services.

Market Lifecycle Stage

Over the past few years, trends in the number of satellites launched by commercial satellite operators have been increasing drastically. As per the publisher's space database, the global satellite launch forecast estimates 45,131 satellites to be launched within the 2022-2032 timeline.

Out of these 45,131 satellites, 95% of satellites are expected to operate in low Earth orbit (LEO). This indicates that over 95% of the satellites are expected to operate in one orbital segment leading to a growing state of congestion, which further adds to the risk perception of collision and space debris concerns.

In addition, commercial satellite operators are opting for the life extension program to keep their existing satellites alive in space for longer periods. This will help them to reduce the satellite operation cost and increase their revenue with the existing satellite. Furthermore, it helps to remove the active space debris to keep the space debris-free and sustainable and reduce the risk of collision. Given the circumstance, the need for a satellite docking system is very high at this point, and the same is expected to persist as well.


The global satellite docking system market is observing rising investment across all the satellite platforms, which drives the investments across the docking system technology. The major challenge in developing the satellite docking system is there is no standardization in design and mechanism among the satellite docking manufacturers. T

his leads the developer to integrate their own satellite docking system in their in-orbit service vehicle, which will create incompatibility with the docking system that is integrated with the target satellites. In addition, different small satellite operators are building different types of satellites.

Although many satellites use standardized satellite platforms, they are customized products with unique configurations. Therefore, their docking solution requirement will also vary from operator to operator. This will create a need for a variety of satellite docking solutions both for target satellites and service satellites.

Market Segmentation

Service Type:Based on service type, the satellite docking system market is expected to be dominated by the refueling service satellite during the forecast period.

End User: Based on end user, the global satellite docking system market is expected to be dominated by commercial end users.

Region: North America is expected to account for the highest share of 78% in the satellite docking system market by value in 2021, owing to a significant number of companies based in the region.

How can this report add value to an organization?

Growth/Marketing Strategy: The global satellite docking system market has seen major development activities by key players operating in the market, such as business expansion activities, contracts, mergers, partnerships, collaborations, and joint ventures.

The favored strategy for the companies has been contracts to strengthen their position in the satellite docking system market. For instance, in September 2022, ClearSpace signed a contract with the U.K. Space Agency of about $2.32 million to perform a feasibility study for a mission to remove derelict objects from low Earth orbit (LEO).

Furthermore, in May 2022, Starfish Space collaborated with Benchmark Space Systems to develop advanced precision on-orbit refueling and docking capabilities. To optimize spacecraft control accuracy, Starfish is integrating and testing its CEPHALOPOD RPOD software with Benchmark's non-toxic hydrogen peroxide-fueled Halcyon thruster for manoeuvres.

Competitive Strategy: Key players in the global satellite docking system market analyzed and profiled in the study involve satellite docking system manufacturers that offer docking systems and enabling capabilities.

Moreover, a detailed competitive benchmarking of the players operating in the global satellite docking system market offers various solutions to satellites in space through in-orbit refueling, remove active space debris, inspect, repair, and replace the defect devices.

Additionally, comprehensive competitive strategies such as contracts, partnerships, agreements, acquisitions, and collaborations will aid the reader in understanding the untapped revenue pockets in the market.

Recent Developments in the Global Satellite Docking System Market

  • In November 2022, Starfish Space announced that its Otter Pup satellite with high-performance low-thrust electric propulsion, which includes a satellite docking system, is planned to launch in the spring of 2023 to dock with another satellite in the fall of 2023.
  • In October 2022, High Earth Orbit (HEO) Robotics collaborated with Satellogic to integrate Satellogic's growing satellite constellation and high-resolution satellite imagery with HEO's flyby inspection and computer-vision capabilities.
  • In September 2022, Astroscale Holdings, Inc. received funding of $1.79 million from the U.K. Space Agency to develop technologies and capabilities for Cleaning Outer Space Mission through Innovative Capture, which consists of Astroscale's robotic debris capture capabilities and rendezvous and proximity operations to remove space debris and defunct satellites.
  • In May 2022, Momentus Inc. signed a partnership with SpaceX for the integration of its Vigoride Orbital Transfer Vehicle and customer payloads on Falcon 9, which would be used for the transporter-5 mission.
  • In April 2022, Lockheed Martin Corporation released an open-source Augmentation System Port Interface (ASPIN), a non-proprietary interface standard to support on-orbit servicing and mission augmentation. It uses Mission Augmentation Port (MAP) interface standard online that provides a mechanical interface design for docking spacecraft to one another.
  • In March 2022, Rogue Space Systems Corporation announced that Seldor Capital is their first institutional investor, which helps the company to scale up its engineering and operations teams.

Key Metrics

Report AttributeDetails
No. of Pages153
Forecast Period2022 - 2032
Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2022$66.5 Million
Forecasted Market Value (USD) by 2032$1011.34 Million
Compound Annual Growth Rate31.3%
Regions CoveredGlobal

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.

Some prominent established names in this market are:

Satellite Docking System Supplier

  • Altius Space Machines, Inc.
  • Astroscale Holdings, Inc.
  • ClearSpace
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Orbit Fab, Inc.
  • QinetiQ
  • Rogue Space Systems Corporation
  • Starfish Space

Enabling Solution Providers

  • D-Orbit SpA
  • High Earth Orbit Robotics
  • LMO
  • Maxar Technologies
  • Momentus Inc.
  • Obruta Space Solutions Corp.
  • Orbit Recycling
  • Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Industry Outlook

In-Orbit Services Sector: Overview

  • Refueling
  • Inspection, Repair, Replacement, and De-orbiting
  • Growing Space Situational Awareness Services Market
  • Startups and Investment Landscape
  • Supply Chain Analysis

Business Dynamics

Business Drivers

  • Growing Demand for Sustainable Space Operations
  • Growing Demand for Optimizing Satellite Operation Cost

Business Challenges

  • Lack of Industry Wide Standardization of Docking Solutions
  • Reduction in Manufacturing and Launch Costs Impacting the Financial Viability of In-Orbit Services

Business Strategies

  • Investments, Business Expansions, and Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Strategies
  • Partnerships, Collaborations, Agreements, and Contracts

Business Opportunity

  • Opportunity for Software Solution for Rendezvous/Proximity Operations
  • Evolution of Standardized Satellite Platform
  • Enabling Capabilities for Rendezvous/Proximity Operations

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