Special Database

Space Startup Exits

Space Startup Exits

In our outreach and conversations, the SpaceFund team is frequently asked about space startup exits. Are there any? Yes. Has any value been captured by early investors? Yes. Have there been any IPOs? Yes. 

There have been nearly 50 exits of space startup companies in the last two decades. In the context of who to include in this database, we restricted the list to those founded since the year 2000 who derive a significant portion of their revenue from products or services in space. Of those exits, the average company age was 7 years, and 50% of the exits were US-based companies. Nearly all the exits were mergers or acquisitions, with only one US company going public via a reverse acquisition (Virgin Galactic).

The table below details all the available data on these space startup exits. 

How to Use This Table

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A note on Exit Valuations: Due to the nature of this database, and in order to make the Exit Valuations column sortable, a value must be entered in each cell. So, a ‘0.00’ in this cell simply means there is no data available about the exit valuation, and does not mean that the exit value was zero. 


How to Provide Updated Data

Have we missed your company? Is the listed data inaccurate or outdated?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. 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 Special Database

Last Updated: December 15, 2020

Space Startup Exits

wdt_ID Company Name Country Exit Type Acquirer Exit Valuation ($M) Exit Date Year Founded Description
483 exactEarth Canada IPO - 0.00 2016 2009 Provider of space-based maritime tracking data
484 Terra Bella United States M&A Planet 250.00 2016 2009 Provider of high resolution satellite imagery of Earth
485 GomSpace Sweden IPO - 33.09 2016 2007 Provider of turn-key nanosatellite solutions and platforms
486 Space/Ground System Solutions United States M&A O'Neil Group 0.00 2016 2006 Provider of end-to-end space mission engineering services for the Naval Research Laboratory
487 ÅAC Microtec Sweden IPO - 0.00 2016 2005 Offering microelectronics systems and technology services for space systems
488 Garvey Spacecraft United States M&A Vector Launch 0.00 2016 2000 Aerospace R&D company focused on the development of advanced space technologies and launch vehicle systems
489 Coherent Navigation United States M&A Apple 0.00 2015 2008 Provider of satellite navigation hardware and software services
490 Deimos Imaging Spain M&A UrtheCast 84.50 2015 2006 Provider of Earth observation satellite imagery and analytics
491 InSync Software United States M&A Orbcomm 16.00 2015 2003 Developer of applications for RFID and GPS tracking
492 Skybox Imaging United States M&A Google 478.00 2014 2009 Provider of high resolution satellite imagery of Earth
Company Name Country Exit Type Acquirer Exit Valuation ($M) Exit Date Year Founded Description