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Remote Sensing Technology Market - By Technology (Active Sensing, Passive Sensing), By Platform (Satellite, Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Ground-Based Systems, Underwater Systems), By System, By Image Resolution, By Application & Forecast 2024 – 2032

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  • Published Date: Mar 2024
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Remote Sensing Technology Market Size

Remote Sensing Technology Market was valued at USD 16.3 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 10.5% between 2024 & 2032. Collaborations among space agencies fuel growth in the remote sensing market by merging resources, expertise, and satellite networks. Combined efforts enable broader coverage, enhanced data quality, and innovative applications, fostering advancements in Earth observation and space exploration.

Remote Sensing Technology Market

For instance, in November 2023, NASA announced a collaboration between India and the U.S. to launch a joint remote sensing satellite, NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). This satellite will enhance Earth observation capabilities by studying various aspects such as land ecosystems, solid earth deformation, polar cryosphere, sea ice, and coastal oceans. The collaboration between ISRO and NASA aims to deepen scientific ties and accelerate the development of advanced remote sensing technologies.

The remote sensing market in agriculture is propelled by the demand for precision farming solutions. Remote sensing technologies provide farmers with valuable data on crop health, soil moisture, and environmental conditions, enabling precise resource allocation and optimized yield management. As agriculture embraces data-driven approaches for sustainability and productivity, the adoption of remote sensing tools continues to grow, fueling market expansion in the sector.

The remote sensing market is impeded by the complexity of interpreting and integrating vast amounts of data. Despite technological advancements, processing and analyzing remote sensing data requires specialized expertise and infrastructure, which can be costly and time-consuming. Moreover, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of remote sensing information poses ongoing challenges, particularly in dynamically changing environments or for niche applications with specific requirements.

Remote Sensing Technology Market Trends

Advancements in remote sensing technology are revolutionizing weather forecasting and climate change monitoring by providing real-time, high-resolution data. This facilitates more accurate predictions, early warning systems for extreme weather events, and comprehensive analysis of climate patterns, aiding mitigation & adaptation efforts. For instance, in August 2023, China initiated the deployment of the Fengyun-3 06 meteorological satellite, aiming to bolster forecast precision amidst the challenges posed by climate change. This advanced satellite, succeeding the Fengyun-3C, is dedicated to Earth surface imaging observation, comprehensive monitoring of global ozone distribution, tracking ice & snow coverage, assessing sea surface temperature, monitoring natural disasters, and evaluating ecological conditions. Its primary objective is to enhance detection accuracy to effectively capture the nuanced fluctuations in Earth's temperature attributed to climate change.

Remote sensing is witnessing increasing adoption in military & defense for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Advanced satellite imaging and sensor technologies enable enhanced situational awareness, border surveillance, and target identification. Integration with AI and analytics further strengthens defense capabilities, while investments in space-based assets and secure communication systems foster market growth in this sector.

Remote Sensing Technology Market Analysis

Remote Sensing Technology Market, By Technology, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on technology, the market is divided into active sensing and passive sensing. The passive sensing segment is expected to hold around 54% of the market share by 2032. Passive sensing is gaining traction in the remote sensing market due to its non-intrusive nature and lower operational costs. With advancements in sensor technology and data processing algorithms, passive sensing methods offer improved sensitivity and accuracy for various applications including environmental monitoring and resource management.

For instance, in November 2022, Rendered.ai and the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology joined forces to provide synthetic remote sensing data with precise simulation capabilities. Making use of the DIRSIG model, recognized for its effectiveness in producing simulated imagery across various spectral ranges, this endeavor streamlined the creation of physically accurate synthetic data suitable for a wide array of Earth observation applications.

Remote Sensing Technology Market, By Platform, 2023

Based on platform, the remote sensing technology market is categorized into satellite, aerial systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), ground-based systems and underwater systems. In 2023, the aerial systems segment generates revenue of around USD 6 billion. The remote sensing market is witnessing increased integration of aerial systems for logistics. Drones and aerial vehicles equipped with advanced sensors enable efficient inventory management, route optimization, and infrastructure monitoring, enhancing the speed and precision of logistics operations across various industries.

For instance, in January 2022, Delhivery acquired Transition Robotics Inc., a startup headquartered in California, specializing in the development of aerial system platforms for drone delivery and operations. This acquisition granted Delhivery access to Transition Robotics' intellectual properties, bolstering its capabilities across multiple sectors such as aerial photography, remote sensing, inspections, and surveys.

North America Remote Sensing Technology Market Size, 2022 -2032, (USD Billion)

North America holds a market share of over 28% in 2023 and will continue to showcase impressive growth trends over 2024-2032. This robust growth is driven by increasing investments in satellite programs, government initiatives for environmental monitoring, and the integration of remote sensing with advanced technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics, across various industries.

For instance, in April 2023, NASA launched a project focused on tracking changes in water, ecosystems, and land surfaces using satellite data. This project involves merging data from multiple satellites to monitor various aspects related to water resources, biodiversity, and environmental changes. By utilizing advanced remote sensing technologies including imaging spectrometers and hyperspectral data, researchers aim to gain a deeper understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics. The project contributes to the region's growing interest in leveraging remote sensing for environmental monitoring and resource management.

Remote Sensing Technology Market Share

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., and Maxar Technologies Inc. hold over 10% of the market share in the remote sensing technology industry. Companies in the remote sensing technology industry employ several key strategies to enhance their market foothold. General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc. competes in the remote sensing technologies market with a range of solutions for defense, intelligence, and commercial applications. Key competitors include Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, and Northrop Grumman, which offer similar capabilities in satellite imaging, sensor systems, and data analytics. Differentiation lies in expertise, product performance, and customer relationships within the highly competitive remote sensing sector.

Maxar Technologies Inc. is a major player in the remote sensing technologies market, offering cutting-edge satellite imaging and geospatial solutions. Competitors, such as Airbus Defence and Space, Planet Labs, and DigitalGlobe (a subsidiary of Maxar), vie for market share. Maxar's strengths lie in its high-resolution imaging capabilities, advanced analytics, and extensive experience in providing geospatial intelligence for defense, commercial, and government customers worldwide.

Remote Sensing Technology Market Companies

Major players operating in the market are:

  • Esri
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.
  • Hexagon AB
  • ITT Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Maxar Technologies Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Orbital Insight
  • Planet Labs Inc.
  • Thales Group

Remote Sensing Technology Industry News

  • In December 2023, ISRO enabled access to remote sensing data from 44 satellites. This initiative allows access to an extensive archive of remote sensing data acquired from Indian and Foreign Remote Sensing sensors.
  • In November 2023, India and the U.S. teamed up to launch a collaborative remote sensing satellite, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). This satellite aims to elevate earth observation capabilities by examining diverse areas including land ecosystems, solid earth deformation, polar cryosphere, sea ice, and coastal oceans.

The remote sensing technology market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) from 2018 - 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Technology

  • Active sensing
  • Passive sensing

Market, By Platform

  • Satellite
  • Aerial systems
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Ground-based systems
  • Underwater systems

Market, By System

  • Visual remote sensing system
  • Infrared remote sensing
  • Optical remote sensing
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Radar remote sensing
  • Airborne remote sensing
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Acoustic and near-acoustic remote sensing

Market, By Image Resolution

  • Low spatial resolution sources (> 30 meters)
  • Medium resolution satellite (5-30 meters)
  • High resolution (1-5 meters)
  • Very high resolution (< 1 meter)

Market, By Application

  • Agriculture & living resources
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing
  • Military & intelligence
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing
  • Disaster management
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing
  • Infrastructure
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing
  • Weather
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing
  • Others
    • Active sensing
    • Passive sensing

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America 
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size for remote sensing technology was valued at USD 16.3 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 10.5% between 2024 & 2032, driven by collaborations among space agencies and demand for precision farming solutions.

Passive remote sensing technology industry segment is expected to hold around 54% revenue share by 2032, due to its non-intrusive nature and lower operational costs.

North America market accounted for over 28% revenue share in 2023 and will continue to showcase impressive growth trends over 2024-2032, driven by increasing investments in satellite programs and government initiatives for environmental monitoring.

Esri, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., Hexagon AB, ITT Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Maxar Technologies Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Orbital Insight, Planet Labs Inc., Thales Group are some of the major industry contenders.

Remote Sensing Technology Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 270
  • Countries covered: 25
  • Pages: 240
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