SATELLITE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION RELEASES GLOBAL SATELLITE
-Commercial Satellite Industry Revenue Jumps 17 Percent in
APRIL 5, 2001, NEW YORK, New York -- The Satellite Industry Association
(SIA) today announced that the commercial satellite industry generated $81.1
billion in revenue in 2000, a 17 percent increase over adjusted 1999 revenues.
SIA announced the revenue jump today at SkyFORUM in New York City.
The statistics from the fourth annual Global Satellite Industry Indicators
Survey were compiled by SIA and Futron Corporation by polling over 900 companies
worldwide in every sector of the commercial satellite industry to determine
aggregate revenue, employment, and output indicators. The study results include
indicators for each major segment of the satellite industry including satellite
manufacturing, launch services, satellite services, and ground equipment
According to the study, satellite services is the largest and fastest growing
segment of the industry, generating a total of $39.5 billion in revenue, a 29
percent increase over 1999—with $8.4 billion in revenue from transponder
leasing by satellite operators, and $31.1 billion from subscription satellite
services. The manufacture of satellite-related ground equipment in 2000, from
satellite control systems to DBS dishes, accounted for $17.7 billion of the
industry’s total revenue—an increase of 11 percent over 1999 revenue.
Satellite manufacturing, including payments to satellite prime contractors and
their subcontractors, accounted for $15.8 billion of the $81.1 billion industry
total. The worldwide launch services industry generated $8.2 billion in 2000,
including $2.9 billion earned by subcontractors engaged in vehicle construction.
Clayton Mowry, executive director of the Satellite Industry Association said,
"The satellite industry continued to grow in 2000. Impressive growth in
subscription satellite services is the highlight of this year’s survey. That
growth is also helping bolster revenues in the ground equipment segment of the
market. 2000 was also a strong year for the satellite manufacturing and launch
sectors, which successfully placed 44 satellites into geostationary orbit."
Elaine Gresham, technology policy analyst for Futron Corporation said,
"This survey continues to provide a critical benchmark for accurate
forecasting by financial analysts and corporate strategic planners."
The preliminary results were also released on a separate survey of 2000
government spending on spaceprograms conducted by Henry R. Hertzfeld, senior
research scientist at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute.
Hertzfeld reported that worldwide expenditures on civilian space programs
totaled $20.8 billion last year excluding spending by Russian, Ukranian, and
Chinese governments. Government spending on space reached $35.8 billion when
adding in military space budgets. The United States accounted for more than
three-fourths of all spending on civil space (78 percent), while combined
spending by European countries and all other governments (Japan, China, Brazil
and others) accounted for the remaining spending.
Futron Corporation is a technology management consulting firm headquartered
in Bethesda, MD. Futron specializes in the space industry, including assessments
and forecasting of trends in satellite services and the launch market.
Media Business Corp is a privately-held Colorado corporation which provides
media-related consulting services to major and/or start-up media companies,
engages in media business (such as publishing, research and other activities)
itself, and develops innovative media products for itself and others
independently or in partnerships.
The George Washington University Space Policy Institute was established is
July 1987. The Institute conducts research on space policy issues, organizes
seminars, symposia, and conferences on various topics, and offers graduate
courses on space policy. It operates as a constituent element of the Center for
International Science and Technology Policy of GW’s Elliott School of
International Affairs. The Space Policy Institute focuses its activities on
policy issues related to the other countries. The Space Policy Institute is
directed by Dr. John M. Logsdon.
The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) represents the leading U.S. space
and communications companies in the commercial satellite arena. SIA’s
executive and affiliate member companies are engaged in satellite manufacturing,
ground equipment manufacturing, satellite services, launch services and support
services. SIA is the unified voice of the U.S. commercial satellite industry on
policy and regulatory matters of common concern. The Association is dedicated to
promoting the use of satellite technology in global communications. For more
information, contact Tracy Jones at 703-549-8697.