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Aerostat Systems Market By Shape (Spheroidal, Ellipsoidal), Class (Small, Medium, Large), Payload (Communication Systems, Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Systems, Surveillance Radar, Navigation Systems), Application (Defense, Homeland Security, Commercial & Others) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2015 - 2022

Published: Mar 2016 | Report Code: 57722-03-16

Due to persistent surveillance capability coupled with low cost, the aerostat systems have become popular for various applications across the defense sector. Aerostat systems are tethered airborne platforms designed to deliver persistent services such as communication, surveillance, electronic intelligence gathering and others. The research report on aerostat systems provides an in-depth analysis of different market segments such as balloon shape, aerostat class, payload, applications and geographical regions. The report also includes a section on market positioning analysis of the key players operating in the market. The section also includes detailed analysis of various business strategies adopted by the leading players in market. The aerostat systems market worldwide stood at revenue of US$ 3,758.9 Mn in 2014. The market is expected to expand with a CAGR of 12.9% during the forecast period from 2015 to 2022.

Aerostat Systems Market

Purpose of the Report
The purpose of this strategic research study titled “Global Aerostat Systems Market- Growth, Share, Opportunities and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” is to offer industry investors, company executives, and industry participants with in-depth insights to enable them make informed strategic decisions related to the opportunities in the global aerostat systems industry.

Target Audience

  • Industry Investors
  • Aerostat Systems Manufacturers
  • Payload Equipment Manufacturers
  • End-users

USPs and Key Offerings
The report titled “Global Aerostat Systems Market- Growth, Share, Opportunities and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” offers strategic insights into the global aerostat systems market along with the market size and estimates for the duration 2013 to 2022. The said research study covers in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on product types, payloads, applications and cross-sectional study across different geographies. In order to help strategic decision makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading aerostat system manufacturers, their SCOT (Strength, Challenges, Opportunities and Weaknesses) analysis, market positioning and key developments. Other in-depth analysis provided in the report includes:

  • Current and future market trends to justify the forthcoming attractive markets within the aerostat systems industry
  • Market fuelers, market impediments, and their impact on the market growth
  • In-depth competitive environment analysis
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Regulations Overview: Aerostat Systems Market
  • Trailing 2-Year market size data (2013 – 2014)
  • SRC (Segment-Region-Country) Analysis

Overall, the research study provides a holistic view of the global aerostat systems market, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2015 to 2022, keeping in mind the above mentioned factors.

Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
1.1.1 Purpose of the Report
1.1.2 Target Audience
1.1.3 USP and Key Offerings
1.2 Research Scope
1.3 Market Segmentation
1.4 Research Methodology
1.4.1 Phase I – Secondary Research
1.4.2 Phase II – Primary Research
1.4.3 Phase III – Expert Panel Review
1.4.4 Assumptions
1.4.5 Approach Adopted

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Market Snapshot: Global Aerostat Systems Market
2.2 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Shape
2.3 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Class
2.4 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Payload
2.5 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Application
2.6 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Geography

Chapter 3 Market Dynamics
3.1 Product Insights and Market Overview
3.1.1 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
3.2 Key Market Trends and Future Outlook
3.3 Market Drivers
3.4 Market Growth Inhibitors
3.4.1 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints
3.5 Competitive Analysis
3.5.1 Market Positioning of Key Vendors

Chapter 4 Global Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, by Shape
4.1 Market Analysis
4.2 Spheroidal
4.3 Ellipsoidal

Chapter 5 Global Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, by Class
5.1 Market Analysis
5.2 Small (<20m)
5.3 Medium (20m to 50m)
5.4 Large (>50m)

Chapter 6 Global Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, by Payload
6.1 Market Analysis
6.2 Communication Systems
6.3 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Systems
6.4 Surveillance Radar
6.5 Navigation Systems

Chapter 7 Global Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, by Application
7.1 Market Analysis
7.2 Defense
7.3 Homeland Security
7.4 Commercial
7.5 Others

Chapter 8 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis
8.1 Overview
8.2 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Shape, 2013 – 2022
8.2.1 Comparative Analysis
8.3 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Class, 2013 – 2022
8.3.1 Comparative Analysis
8.4 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Payload, 2013 – 2022
8.4.1 Comparative Analysis
8.5 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Application, 2013 – 2022
8.5.1 Comparative Analysis
8.6 North America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Region, 2013 – 2022
8.6.1 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 9 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis
9.1 Overview
9.2 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Shape, 2013 – 2022
9.2.1 Comparative Analysis
9.3 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Class, 2013 – 2022
9.3.1 Comparative Analysis
9.4 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Payload, 2013 – 2022
9.4.1 Comparative Analysis
9.5 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Application, 2013 – 2022
9.5.1 Comparative Analysis
9.6 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Region, 2013 – 2022
9.6.1 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 10 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis
10.1 Overview
10.2 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Shape, 2013 – 2022
10.2.1 Comparative Analysis
10.3 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Class, 2013 – 2022
10.3.1 Comparative Analysis
10.4 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Payload, 2013 – 2022
10.4.1 Comparative Analysis
10.5 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Application, 2013 – 2022
10.5.1 Comparative Analysis
10.6 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Region, 2013 – 2022
10.6.1 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 11 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Aerostat Systems Market Analysis
11.1 Overview
11.2 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Shape, 2013 – 2022
11.2.1 Comparative Analysis
11.3 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Class, 2013 – 2022
11.3.1 Comparative Analysis
11.4 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Payload, 2013 – 2022
11.4.1 Comparative Analysis
11.5 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Application, 2013 – 2022
11.5.1 Comparative Analysis
11.6 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Region, 2013 – 2022
11.6.1 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 12 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis
12.1 Overview
12.2 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Shape, 2013 – 2022
12.2.1 Comparative Analysis
12.3 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Class, 2013 – 2022
12.3.1 Comparative Analysis
12.4 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Payload, 2013 – 2022
12.4.1 Comparative Analysis
12.5 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Application, 2013 – 2022
12.5.1 Comparative Analysis
12.6 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Analysis, By Region, 2013 – 2022
12.6.1 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 13 Company Profiles
13.1 TCOM L.P.
13.1.1 TCOM L.P.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.2 Lockheed Martin Corporation
13.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.3 Raytheon Company
13.3.1 Raytheon Company: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.4 Lindstrand Technologies Ltd.
13.4.1 Lindstrand Technologies Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.5 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
13.5.1 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.6 ILC Dover L.P.
13.6.1 ILC Dover L.P.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.7 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
13.7.1 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.8 Aerostar International, Inc. (Raven Industries, Inc.)
13.8.1 Aerostar International, Inc. (Raven Industries, Inc.): Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.9 Worldwide Aeros Corporation
13.9.1 Worldwide Aeros Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
13.10 RosAeroSystems International Ltd.
13.10.1 RosAeroSystems International Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)

Note:

  • Profiles of specific players, if required, shall be added to the report upon request

List Of Table :

TABLE 1 Market Snapshot: Global Aerostat Systems Market
TABLE 2 Impact Indicators
TABLE 3 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints
TABLE 4 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Shape, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 5 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Class, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 6 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Payload, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 7 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 8 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 9 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Shape, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 10 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Class, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 11 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Payload, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 12 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 13 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 14 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Shape, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 15 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Class, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 16 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Payload, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 17 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 18 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 19 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Shape, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 20 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Class, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 21 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Payload, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 22 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 23 MEA 1Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 24 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Shape, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 25 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Class, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 26 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Payload, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 27 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 28 Latin America 1Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 – 2022 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 29 TCOM L.P.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 30 Lockheed Martin Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 31 Raytheon Company: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 32 Lindstrand Technologies Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 33 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 34 ILC Dover L.P.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 35 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 36 Aerostar International, Inc. (Raven Industries, Inc.): Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 37 Worldwide Aeros Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 38 RosAeroSystems International Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Applications Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments)

List Of Figure :

FIG. 1 Global Aerostat Systems: Market Segmentation
FIG. 2 Global Aerostat Systems Market: Research Methodology
FIG. 3 Top-Down and Bottom Up Approach
FIG. 4 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Shape, 2014 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 5 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Class, 2014 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 6 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Payload, 2014 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 7 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Application, 2014 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 8 Global Aerostat Systems Market, By Geography, 2014 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 9 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 10 Market Positioning of Key Aerostat Systems Manufacturers, 2014
FIG. 11 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue Contribution, By Shape, 2014 & 2022 (Value %)
FIG. 12 Global Spheroidal Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Ellipsoidal Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue Contribution, By Class, 2014 & 2022 (Value %)
FIG. 15 Global Small (<20m) Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Global Medium (20m to 50m) Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 Global Large (>50m) Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 18 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue Contribution, By Payload, 2014 & 2022 (Value %)
FIG. 19 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue in Communication Systems, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 20 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue in Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Systems, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 21 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue in Surveillance Radar, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 22 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue in Navigation Systems, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 23 Global Aerostat Systems Market Revenue Contribution, By Application, 2014 & 2022 (Value %)
FIG. 24 Global Aerostat Systems Market for Defense, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 25 Global Aerostat Systems Market for Homeland Security, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 26 Global Aerostat Systems Market for Commercial, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 27 Global Aerostat Systems Market for Others, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 28 North America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 29 Europe Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 30 Asia Pacific Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 31 MEA Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 32 Latin America Aerostat Systems Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn)

Product (Class) Segmentation Analysis
Based on class of the aerostats, the global aerostat systems market is segmented into following categories

  • Small Class (<20m)
  • Medium Class (21m to 50m)
  • Large Class (>50m)

Aerostat Systems Market

The global market for aerostat systems is dominated by the medium class aerostat systems. As of 2014, the segment accounted for the highest market share, in terms of revenue, of more than 50% of the total market. The medium aerostat systems have sizes in the range of 21-50 meters and hence are suitable for most of the aerostat applications. Due to their fairly large size and affordable cost, these aerostat systems are popularly used for various major applications such as intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance among others.

Thus, the demand for medium class aerostat systems is expected to remain strong during the forecast period thereby retaining the dominant position in the market. Furthermore, in terms of growth rate, the large class aerostat systems segment is expected to witness the highest growth in the market during the forecast period. The segment growth is estimated mainly due to their better performance and payload capacity as compared to the other class types of aerostat systems. Moreover, the large class aerostat systems are capable of operating in the high altitude category and hence are being used for delivering balloon-based wireless communication. Thus, with increasing investment in aerostat-based wireless communication projects, the demand for large class aerostat systems is expected to spur substantially in the coming years.

Application Segmentation Analysis
The aerostat systems market is categorized, on the basis of end-use applications, into following segments:

  • Defense
  • Homeland Security
  • Commercial
  • Others (Environmental Monitoring, Time Synchronization etc.)

Aerostat Systems Market

The global aerostat systems market, on the basis of end-use applications, was dominated by the defense segment, as of 2014; comprising a market share of over half of the total market, in terms of revenue, worldwide. The aerostat systems are majorly used for surveillance across borders. Since these systems offer persistent surveillance for several months with minimal maintenance, these are the most preferred type of platforms for surveillance across different areas.

Apart from land borders, aerostat systems are also used for surveillance in other defense segments such as air and maritime surveillance. Due to better cost effectiveness and ease of operation, the aerostat systems are expected to retain their prominent position for surveillance application. As a result, the defense sector is expected to hold its dominant position, in terms of revenue, throughout the forecast period in the global market. Nevertheless, the commercial segment is expected to register the highest CAGR through 2015 to 2022, globally. The commercial segment comprises the use of aerostat systems for commercial applications such as communication, aerial imaging, commercial advertising, event monitoring and other broadcasting services. With expanding adoption of aerostat systems, especially in the communication sector, the segment is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period.

Payload Segmentation Analysis
Aerostat systems market is categorized, based on the types of payload, into following segments:

  • Communication Systems
  • Surveillance Radar Systems
  • Electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) Systems
  • Navigation Systems

Aerostat Systems Market

As of 2014, the market for aerostat systems was dominated by the surveillance radar systems segment with a market share of more than 40%, in terms of revenue, globally. Surveillance radars are surveillance systems that are mounted on the aerostat for detection of various objects such as ships, aircrafts and other obstacles. Surveillance radars form the most common type of payloads used on aerostat systems. These systems are largely used in military applications for persistent threat detection. Due to strong anticipated need for surveillance systems worldwide, the segment is estimated to retain its dominant position in the market throughout the forecast period. Further, with growing precision in electronic intelligence, the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems are expected to rapidly capture the aerostat systems market in surveillance application. EO/IR systems are among the most advanced and accurate payloads used for surveillance and imaging purposes.

These systems are capable of detecting objects even during the dark hours thereby delivering accurate surveillance and imaging. Furthermore, the communication systems segment is expected to register the highest growth rate in the coming years. The communication segment growth is expected to be mainly driven by the major ongoing projects based on the concept of delivering wireless communication through aerostat systems.

On the basis of geography, the global aerostat systems market is segmented as per following regions and countries.

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • EU7
    • CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australasia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World
    • Middle East and Africa
    • Latin America

In 2014, the global aerostat systems market was dominated by North America accounting for market share, in terms of revenue, of over 36% of the total market. The U.S. is the largest consumer for aerostat systems as compared to other countries worldwide. This is mainly due to high spending on aerostat systems for robust surveillance along the border and civil areas. Additionally, due to presence of large number of companies in the region, the market here is competitive and dynamic in nature. As a result, the region is estimated to hold its dominant position in the market, in terms of revenue and adoption, throughout the forecast period. However, Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the most promising market for aerostat systems in the coming years. The market growth in region is mainly driven by China, India, Japan and some of the Southeast Asia countries. Additionally, due to upcoming projects for balloon-based wireless communication, the demand for large class spheroidal aerostat systems is expected to soar substantially in the coming years.

Aerostat Systems Market

Hismation: Aerostat Systems
Aerostat systems refer to airborne platforms, similar to blimps, which are designed to stay aloft for several days/months. The aerostat systems gain lift with the help of lighter-than-air (LTA) gases such as hydrogen, helium and others. The basic components of aerostat systems include aerostat envelope, lifting gas, mooring station, tethering rope, winches, payload and ground control station. The operational stages involved in a tethered aerostat system are inflation, mooring, lift-off, flight, deflation and recovery. Due to their consistent buoyancy, aerostat systems are used for several applications such as surveillance, electronic intelligence gathering, aerial imaging, communication and others. Aerostat systems are among the cheapest alternatives for unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites and hence are expected to be used on a large scale in the coming years.

Aerostat systems have been in use since early 80’s for surveillance applications, majorly in the U.S. defense sector. Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) is among the first aerostat systems used for surveillance purpose. These systems were used to have persistent surveillance with minimal initial and maintenance cost. The most prominent deployment site for aerostat surveillance systems was the U.S.-Mexico border for curbing illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the border. Thus, over the period of time, surveillance emerged as the most prominent application of the aerostat systems. Nevertheless, with advancements in the sizes and payload carrying capacity, aerostat systems are now used for various other applications such as environment monitoring, communication and EO/IR imaging. Depending upon the tether length and class (size), these systems can operate at altitudes ranging from few hundred feet up to 65,000 feet from the Earth’s surface.

Traditionally, the envelope for aerostat systems was available only in the ellipsoidal shape. This however, results in greater drag resulting into possibility of blowing of the aerostat systems in strong winds. Consequently, several new designs are emerging for making the aerostat systems operation more reliable and stable. Some of the aerostat systems manufacturers are now turning towards spheroidal and multiple hull ellipsoidal aerostat systems for better operation. For instance, the spheroidal aerostat systems offer better aerodynamics as compared to ellipsoidal aerostat systems. Hence, they can better withstand strong winds and remain aloft for longer period of time. Through these advanced designs, aerostat systems are capable of withstanding harsh environments at high altitudes. For instance, the wireless communication project called the Project Loon by Google, Inc. is designed to use high performance spheroidal aerostat systems in the high altitude category.

Based on the balloon shape, the aerostat systems market is segmented into spheroidal and ellipsoidal aerostat systems. On the basis of class, the market is segmented into small-class (<20m), medium-class (21m to 50m) and large-class (>51m) aerostat systems. Further, the market is segmented, on the basis of applications, into military, homeland security, commercial and others. The others segment comprises environmental monitoring, time synchronization and traffic monitoring. Different payloads considered under the scope include surveillance radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems, communication systems and navigation systems.

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