Periodic Reporting for period 1 - LEAF LINE (The first ground stations network enabling real-time, cost-effective, and easy access to micro/nanosatellite data)
Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-02-29
The Leaf Line system represents the unprecedented solution that will enable and boost the commercial exploitation of the microsatellite data. The amount of data that can be downloaded from a satellite strictly depends on the number of GSs available and on the frequency used. Leaf Space wants to set-up a distributed network of GSs for managing satellite data able to increase the connection time (up to 7 TB per day of downlinked data), increase the revisiting time of the satellite and decrease cost-per-byte by around 80%. This way satellite operator will have the twofold advantage of an extended access to data and the availability of a web based interface to the satellite, through a service that is currently unavailable in Europe. This represents a huge opportunity for Europe to move rapidly and concretely, thus providing companies a quantifiable competitive advantage in the small satellites market.
The Leaf Space’s vision is to capture the value of this blossoming market, becoming the one-stop-shop for small satellite operators, thanks to a set of services covering the whole satellite lifecycle, from launch to data collection and management, until the decommissioning of the satellites. For this reason, by taking into account the market estimation provided by Frost & Sullivan for the next five years and the market shares forecast for all the verticals, we have estimated a total addressable market (TAM) of around $400 million, even though we anticipate that this evaluation will be strongly influenced by the market response we will gain through the first implementation of the Leaf Line network.
Three top verticals are predicted to benefit more from microsatellites: Earth Observation (precision farming, ships monitoring, disaster monitoring & risk management), Technology Development and Science.
The two market verticals that we have identified as the most profitable for the market introduction of the Leaf Line system are Earth Observation and Science, that together currently represent over 50% of the TAM.
To demonstrate the performances of our network we have chosen to focus our project development activities on case studies within the EO and Science segments, by proving the increase in profitability of the business of potential Leaf Line clients that currently operate in the small satellite industry worldwide.