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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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|
|87||Arralis||7||Space to Space||Ka-||-||0||-||Ireland||Limerick||Developing a new electronically steerable antenna for spacecraft|
|88||Astrapi Corporation||7||Space to Space||-||1.5||0||-||USA||Dallas, TX||Astrapi is the leader in a revolutionary method of communication – spiral-based modulation|
|89||Leaf Space||7||Space to Ground||S-, X-, UHF, VHF||1.59||300||-||Italy||Lomazzo, Como||Leaf Space provides ground segment as a service, tailored to your needs|
|90||Mynaric||7||Relay||Laser||Public||10,000||Germany||Gilching||Developing and manufacturing laser products allowing for high data rate and long-distance wireless data transmission between moving objects space applications|
|91||Analytical Space||6||Relay||S-, X-, Laser||4||0||-||USA||Cambridge, MA||Analytical Space's dream is to one day be the data railroad for the solar system and beyond|
|92||Callisto||6||Space to Space||Ka-, S-, X-||-||0||-||France||Villefranche-de-Lauragais||Callisto designs and manufactures high performance LNAs with associated hardware and software|
|93||CELIS||6||Space to Ground||C-, L-, K-, Ka-, S-, X-||-||0||-||Spain||Madrid||CELIS is a Spanish company specialized in Ground Segment Systems, Solutions, and Services|
|94||Infostellar||6||Space to Ground||-||7.85||0||$2.7/min||Japan||Tokyo||Deep space internet for a spacefaring humankind; quick, flexible ground station aggregator for newspace satellite services|
|95||Intuitive Machines||6||Space to Space||-||6||-||USA||Houston, TX||Providing data communications and power services to assets both in lunar orbit and on the surface of the Moon|
|96||mBryonics||6||Space to Ground||Laser||-||10,000||-||Ireland||Galway||Developing end-to-end system architecture for a complete satellite optical communications network|
|Company||SFR||Type||Frequency Bands||Funding ($M)||Data Rate (Mbps)||Price||Country||HQ Location||Description|
Update #3. January 22, 2019.
Update #2. August 16, 2019.
- Aquarian Devices
- Akash Systems (7 -> 8)
- Akash Systems
- Atlas Space Operations
Update #1. May 29, 2019.
- PTScientists (w/ Vodafone)
- Space Applications Services
- Intuitive Machines
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, the Habitats sector of Human Factors, and the Satellite Servicing sector of Supply Chain. We also created a special database in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing, called the Moon List that catalogs those companies who are working on a permanent return to the Moon. 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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