The Global Synthetic Aperture Radar In Space Sector Market was valued at US$ 1,372.5 Million in 2021 and is expected to surpass US$ 4017.6 Million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 9.9% during the forecast period (2022-2030), according to the Global Synthetic Aperture Radar In Space Sector Market Report, By Platform (Space Platform, Ground Platform), By Frequency Band (Single-frequency Band, X Band, C Band, S Band, L Band, UHF/VHF Band, K/Ku/Ka-Band, Others) By Application (Defense, Research & Commercial, Public Safety, Environmental Monitoring, Natural Resource Exploration, Others) by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa), published by Coherent Market Insights.

Technological advancements such as combination of SAR and optical data, use of multi –static SAR configuration, and others in the SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) space sector are expected to open up new market opportunities and drive market growth in the forecast period. Key market players are putting more emphasis on reducing the size and weight of space-borne radar systems and improving overall image resolution to gain more advantages such as business growth and capturing market over the competitors. For instance, NASA-ISRO will launch NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NI-SAR) in 2023 which will provide an unprecedented, and detailed view of the earth using advanced radar imaging. It will measure some of the most complex natural calamities such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and natural hazards.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has the capability to meet the requirement of military and defense industry. It can provide precise images in any weather condition or even limited visibility conditions. It can also provide fine resolution images for a large area in short time span making synthetic aperture radar sensor system important for several military applications. Defense-based applications are expected to gain highest revenue margins over the forecast period. Synthetic aperture radars find significant applications in aircrafts and satellites that prove instrumental in tracking missiles, rendering the images of the terrain, and targets below the airborne vehicles. For instance, in July 2017, upgraded aircraft by the U.S. Air Force, the F-22 featured a SAR systems. According to, global defense spending is projected to increase at a CAGR of 3% over the forecast period and it is expected to drive growth of the market over the forecast period. However, large complex size of these radars and high cost expenditure are key factors that are expected to hamper usage in military application. Moreover they are implemented for special purpose operations. To change this situation, Loral has developed a small and modular synthetic aperture radar that is suitable of military applications. This radar is called Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar (MSAR). It can be mounted on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or on multi-mission aircraft such as the F-16, F/A-18, or on the F-14.

 Key Developments

  1. In May 2022, ICEYE, a finish microsatellite manufacturer that owns the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation announced an agreement with European Space Agency to assist Copernicus Emergency Services with flood insights. ICEYE will deliver crucial flood impact data that shows the depth and extent of flood.

Global Synthetic Aperture Radar in Space Sector - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Globally, most of the countries have been affected by COVID-19 and most of the countries announced a lockdown. This disrupted businesses across the globe. The availability of raw materials declined, and supply chain operations were disrupted which hampered the global economy. This also impacted the developments and projects carried out in synthetic aperture radar due to unavailability of material and low finances. Hence, the global synthetic aperture radar in space sector market witnessed slow growth during pandemic.

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Key Trends and Analysis of the Global Synthetic Aperture Radar in Space Sector Market:

  • Based on region, the market for SAR in space sector in North America held a dominant position in the market in 2021. This growth is attributed to rising demand for synthetic aperture radar solutions in military and defense application and increasing R&D investment. For instance, collaboration of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has led to significant increase in R&D activities for space-based SAR satellites. Moreover, the country contributes to over 40% of the global defense spending
  • Europe is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, as European Space Agency (ESA) is putting high emphasis on projects such as development of satellite navigation technology which uses SAR synthetic aperture radar to provide measurement parameters. Furthermore, European Space Imaging is the European supplier that provides the customers with an integrated solution that incorporates SAR data with the detail of VHR (Very High Resolution) satellite imagery at 30 cm spatial resolution.
  • Based on the platform, the space platform segment accounted for largest share of in 2021 and is projected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Space-based synthetic aperture radars are gaining significant traction for various space-based applications such as surveying man-made structures, weather surveillance for vegetation conditions, tracking ground water consumption, and measuring glacier shrinkage, which is major factor driving growth of the segment.
  • Major players operating in the global synthetic aperture radar in space sector market include Airbus SE, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, Thales Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, MDA Information Systems, Raytheon Company, Harris Corporation, and BAE Systems


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