New space

New space Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

The Alcimed Aeronautics Space Defense team explores the challenges of New Space, linked to the rise of private players aiming to develop a new space economy, and supports its clients in their understanding of this market, their innovation and development projects for new technologies, and their market access strategies.

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    The challenges related to new space and the new space economy

    The advent of New Space has profoundly changed the space industry, forcing traditional players to revise their strategies in the face of multiple initiatives from new private players. While this sector is now more accessible than ever, players in the space industry face increasingly critical challenges in order to seize the new opportunities that have opened up.

    Among the main challenges facing New Space are:

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      How we support you in your projects related to new space and the new space economy

      Alcimed supports its clients in the New Space era by understanding the new space economy, its challenges, and its ecosystem of players. In this sense, we have accompanied key players in the aeronautics/space/defense industry as well as public players in the space sector on several strategic and innovative projects carried out alongside decision makers (executive committees, strategy directors, marketing directors, innovation directors, etc.) and project managers.

      The topics we deal with incorporate the different challenges of New Space. Accordingly, we support our clients as they work to develop new technologies related to space, carry out studies on existing markets or prospective studies on emerging markets, analyze the existing offer and competition, analyze the needs of this new market, etc. We also support our clients in the analysis of regulations and the strategic choice of public or private partnerships. Finally, we help our clients position themselves in the New Space market by defining new offers and diversification strategies, identifying promising segments of application and associated challenges, and evaluating the most suitable business model, value proposition, and go-to-market strategy, taking into account possible scenarios affecting the evolution of the New Space market in the short and long term.

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in new space

      • Analysis of the business model for a novel New Space offer that uses a satellite to provide a service in space (space tug)

        We supported a player in the Space field who had developed a concept for offering space services in orbit (satellite movement, refueling, repair, surveillance, debris recovery, etc.) with the goal of being profitable after 7 years.

        Our client asked us to challenge the business model of the space tug by analyzing the return on investment of the services envisaged for 2 types of activities: transport (change of orbit and others) and geo-services (inspection, refueling, etc.). First, we studied the land logistics business models. We then worked in collaboration with our client to evaluate and compare the return on investment and the profitability of the various services envisaged. Finally, we considered and compared 3 service provision models (mono-tug vs. multiple-service tug, centralization hub, etc.).

        This study allowed our client to identify the MVP – Minimum Viable Product – (package of services and type of tug) that would allow it to achieve a return on investment after 7 years.

      • Organizing and hosting a round table on the challenges of New Space as part of an international event dedicated to space

        Alcimed supported a public player in the Space industry to organize and host a round table on New Space as part of an international event addressing the space race and access to space.

        The main challenge of this round table was to identify how the new space economy was revolutionizing the overall space economy due to the advent and growth of the new private space market, dominated by giants in the field such as SpaceX, BlueOrigin, or OHB. When organizing the event, holding framing meetings with speakers from the international scene made it possible to define the major challenges to be addressed (development of new space technologies, new satellite launch strategies, reusability of launchers, mega-constellations, growth and increased use of space data for the development of new commercial services, deployment of new means of financing and associated new business models, etc.).

        In addition, a joint analysis of the needs and expectations of the various players in the ecosystem made it possible to highlight the aforementioned challenges in order to determine how the space race relaunched by New Space allowed the establishment of new inter-state/government collaborations through public-private partnerships.

        The result for our client? The realization of a high-level round table covering the challenges of New Space and featuring an international panel (public, private, governmental players, etc.), the relaunch of offers and collaborations related to New Space internationally, the acceleration and creation of incubators around this topic, as well as an increased visibility on the topic.

      • Characterizing the In-Space Manufacturing & Assembly market and identifying applications of interest in New Space

        Alcimed supported a player in the Space industry in its initial analysis of the in-space manufacturing and assembly market in order to assess the business potential of the New Space market.

        To do this, we identified and characterized the different market segments of space technologies for in-space manufacturing and assembly, the positioning of players, and the types of associated offers. Furthermore, we analyzed the trends, opportunities, and challenges of the market in the short and long term, then we selected the applications that most appealed to our client. We then assessed, through interviews, the perception and expectations of potential customers and key players in the new space economy (NASA, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Maxar Technologies, etc.). This finally enabled us to assess the potential market for manufacturing and assembly technologies in space as well as the barriers to be removed for our client’s benefit.

        The result for our client? An understanding and a clear short- and long-term vision of the challenges in the market, the ecosystem, and the applications of the greatest appeal, as well as the key actions to be taken to address the in-space manufacturing and assembly market.

      • Technical and economic study of launch solutions for satellite constellations and associated business plan

        Alcimed supported a public player in the Space industry in mapping and analyzing business models for the deployment and renewal of private satellite mega-constellations in order to target the best launch capacity vis-à-vis the expectations of the constellation of the new private space market.

        To do this, we first estimated the launch needs for 2026 by identifying the future constellations, evaluating their business models, and modeling the upcoming launch missions. We then mapped the types of launchers envisaged as well as their capacities, crossed with the needs associated with the launching missions of previously identified constellations.

        With this early review of launch capacities, we defined the most suitable business plan by modeling forecasts of capacity needs and the pace of launches, and by structuring technical offers adapted to customer needs and missions.

      • Market study and receptivity analysis for a satellite-based forest fire detection and monitoring service

        Alcimed supported a satellite constellation operator in the market sizing and commercial development strategy of a satellite-based solution for real-time forest fire detection and monitoring.

        To this end, our team identified and characterized the requirements of players who might be interested in real-time detection services, through exchanges with operational forces, governments, space agencies and NGOs. This work enabled us to assess the consistency of the satellite operator’s solution with the demands of potential customers, and to determine the addressable market.

        Discussions with potential customers and users of the solution enabled us to identify areas for improvement in the service’s value proposition, and to prioritize commercial actions in the short and medium term.

      • Identification of opportunities linked to the development of new space solutions to meet the challenges of the energy sector

        Alcimed supported a space agency to better understand the issues related to the energy sector and to identify the actions the agency could implement to address these issues.

        To do this, our team drew up an overview of the main issues facing the entire energy sector. In order to prioritize these issues, we defined an evaluation system to assess the impact of resolving them on the economic, environmental and societal dimensions, also taking into account spatial relevance. The priority issues were then examined in greater depth to identify the technical challenges that space could address.

        The identification of technical challenges enabled the space agency to identify the skills needed to develop new space solutions for energy players.

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