This map is not meant to be exhaustive, there are thousands of start-ups in this domain, but we only show the leading companies, in our view, based on venture funding raised and/or their potential to be a leader in each category. It’s also worth noting that whilst we realise some start-ups are operating across multiple segments of the Space Tech ecosystem, we’ve only included companies in one category. Not every logo you saw in our original map release will still be there, that’s the nature of ecosystem maps as it takes into account new and emerging leaders and M&A activity.
We segment the Space Tech ecosystem into the following 7 categories:
Build – Building and selling satellites and drones. We look at both the hardware (sub-systems, complete platforms and novel sensors) and software (i.e. mission control, cybersecurity). New and novel materials that can make platforms lighter, cheaper and more efficient.
Launch – Building and launching rockets, offering launch aggregation and services. We also consider autonomous flight such as drone delivery.
Data – Satellite constellations, high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) platforms and drones collecting and communicating proprietary data, across the three main applications of earth observation, communications and navigation.
Downlink – Technologies facilitating the transmission and storage of data from space and aerial platforms back down to earth. This includes phased-array antennas, laser communications, inter-satellite data relay systems, quantum security, data storage, and ground stations.
Analyse – Changing low level processed data into valuable insights, offering a subscription service to enterprise customers. Includes the analysis of data from space and aerial platforms using machine learning techniques.
Product – Packaging of different data streams (fusing space and terrestrial sources), tailored to specific use cases in discrete verticals. This includes data platforms such as space and drone traffic management, mapping platforms and precision location & tracking.
Beyond Earth – Technologies and infrastructure to enable in-space services for satellites and launchers, furthering space exploration efforts and research in microgravity environments.
We welcome comments from start-ups, if you have queries on the Space Tech Map please email firstname.lastname@example.org