Reality Rating

Beyond Earth Orbit Communication Database

Beyond Earth Orbit Communication Database

This is the second installment of our  SpaceFund Reality (SFR) rating.  The focus of this SFR is a sub-sector of the Communication sector, specifically Beyond Earth Orbit communications. In this category, the other sub-sector being tracked by SpaceFund is Terrestrial/Earth Orbit communications (e.g., ‘bent pipe’ Earth to Earth communications, including traditional communications satellites, internet providers, and ground-based receivers). While the Terrestrial/Earth Orbit sub-sector is vastly larger and more mature than the Beyond Earth Orbit category, since SpaceFund is dedicated to supporting frontier-enabling companies, we decided to analyze the Beyond Earth Orbit sub-sector first. It is also important to note that a number of companies in the Beyond Earth Orbit category may also fall into the Terrestrial/Earth Orbit category, as there are many business models and products that cross over between the two sub-sectors. However, in this database, we’ve focused exclusively on those companies who are targeting deep space communications as part of their long-term business plan.

The Beyond Earth Orbit Communications SpaceFund Reality rating (SFR) is a detailed database of more than 50 companies from all over the world that are either actively creating, or planning to create, technology and services to enable communications beyond Earth orbit. While there are many other companies who are creating products and service that may eventually become part of deep-space communications networks, those listed below have publicly proclaimed their intention to do so. Each company has been assigned an SFR rating based on our analysis, publicly available data, and expert insights.

If you haven’t already, please consult our SpaceFund Reality (SFR) ratings page to learn more about the rating, its purpose, and the underlying formula, as well as to view a complete list of the SpaceFund sectors of interest. 

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Important Note (Alpha Sort Columns vs Numeric Sort Columns): In the Data Rate column, any figure listed as a “0” is simply a placeholder for unavailable data. This is due to the nature of this table format, and to ensure that the columns sort properly, a numeric character must be included in each cell. So, for example, if a company is listed to have a data rate of “0” this simply means that this information is not publicly available and the “0” acts as a replacement for “N/A”.  

The Funding and Price columns are set to sort alphabetically. Since these columns contains alphabetic characters in some cells, they will sort alphabetically, not numerically and so the “-” character has been used to represent unavailable data. All other columns in the table will also sort alphabetically.

Important Note (Companies not Products): This database, and the SpaceFund Reality ratings, are based on COMPANIES, not specific products or technologies. 


How to Provide Updated Data

Have we missed your company? Do you feel that your company should have a different rating? Is the listed data inaccurate or outdated? Do you see missing data for your company? The best way to update your information in this database is to reach out to us directly to provide additional information about your technology, management team, funding history, and company progress. We are also eager to learn about any additional data sources that can help us in our ongoing research, so please feel free to share any resources you know of with our team.

Updates will be published as new information becomes available.  

SpaceFund Reality (SFR) Rating

Beyond Earth Orbit Communications Database

wdt_ID Company SFR Type Frequency Bands Funding ($M) Data Rate (Mbps) Price Country HQ Location Description
1 Aerospace Corp 9 Relay Laser - 100 - USA El Segundo, CA Testing the AeroCube laser communication system to demonstrate high-speed optical transmission of data
2 AWS Ground Station 9 Space to Ground S-, X-, UHF Joint Venture 0 - USA Seattle, WA AWS Ground Station enables you to control and ingest data from orbiting satellites without having to buy or build satellite ground station infrastructure
3 Clyde Space (ÅAC Microtec) 9 Space to Space S-, X-, VHF, UHF Public 100 - United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland Off-the-shelf platforms, individual subsystems, and ground segment solutions, for satellite missions
4 GomSpace 9 Space to Space S-, UHF, VHF Public 0 - Denmark Aalborg Wide range of radio communication solutions for nanosatellites
5 Honeywell 9 Space to Space X- Public 600 - USA Phoenix, AZ Creates products for space markets such as navigation and communications systems
6 ISIS 9 Space to Space S-, UHF, VHF - 3 $9,760 Netherlands Delft Communication systems for cubesat missions
7 LGS Innovations 9 Space to Space Laser 60 0 - USA Herndon, VA Designing and building laser amplification and targeting solutions for free-space optical communications
8 Maxar Technologies 9 Space to Space C-, Ka-, Ku-, L-, S-, V-, UHF Public 0 - USA Westminster, CO MDA (a Maxar company) is a global leader in the design, fabrication, and testing of innovative antenna & RF products
9 NanoAvionics 9 Space to Space S-, UHF 0.69 1 Lithuania Vilnius Flight proven communication subsystems
10 Oxford Space Systems 9 Space to Space Ka- 13.12 0 - United Kingdom Harwell, England Oxford Space Systems is developing innovative deployable antennas and structures that meet the challenges of the new space age
Company SFR Type Frequency Bands Funding ($M) Data Rate (Mbps) Price Country HQ Location Description

Change Log

Update #1. May 29, 2019.  

New entries:
  • PTScientists (w/ Vodafone)
  • Space Applications Services
  • Intuitive Machines
Updated SFR rating:
  • None
    Updated information:
    • None

      SpaceFund Sectors of Interest

      SpaceFund is interested in a number of sectors of the space economy, specifically Transportation, Communication, Human Factors, Supplies, and Energy. In the coming months we will post SFR ratings for companies from all of these sectors, providing a robust overview of the state of frontier-enabling companies across the industry. To begin, we have created an SFR database for the Earth-to-Space sub-sector of Transportation (launch), as well as a database for the Beyond Earth Orbit sub-sector of Communication, and the Habitats sector of Human Factors. Please check back frequently to view new sub-sector databases, and sign up to receive our emails to be notified of each new release.

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