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.
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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 Is the listed data inaccurate or outdated?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
Space Startup Exits
|wdt_ID||Company Name||Country||Exit Type||Acquirer||Exit Valuation ($M)||Exit Date||Year Founded||Description|
|98||DOT Imaging||Spain||M&A||Elecnor||0.00||2009||2006||Provider of Earth observation satellite imagery and analytics|
|99||Antwerp Space||Belgium||M&A||Thales Alenia Space||0.00||2007||2005||Delivery of satellite communication solutions for scientific, exploration, and telecommunication missions|
|95||Norspace||Norway||M&A||Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace||0.00||2011||2003||Designer, manufacturer and supplier of communications equipment to the international space industry|
|96||Antwerp Space||Belgium||M&A||OHB-System||0.00||2010||2005||Delivery of satellite communication solutions for scientific, exploration, and telecommunication missions|
|97||InSync Software||United States||M&A||Identec Group||0.00||2010||2003||Developer of applications for RFID and GPS tracking|
|92||UrtheCast||Canada||IPO/Reverse Merger||-||0.00||2013||2010||Operator of a diverse Earth observation sensor system in space|
|93||Hellas Sat||Greece||M&A||Arabsat||281.00||2013||2001||Premium satellite communications solutions provider|
|94||Next Giant Leap||United States||M&A||Moon Express||0.00||2012||2007||Developer of commercial payload integrator spacecraft for the Google Lunar X PRIZE|
|89||Space Expedition||Netherlands||M&A||XCOR Aerospace||0.00||2014||2008||Provider of spaceflight experiences and services|
|90||Odyssey Moon||United Kingdom||M&A||Space Services Holdings||0.00||2014||2007||Developer of commercial lunar robotic transportation service|
|Company Name||Country||Exit Type||Acquirer||Exit Valuation ($M)||Exit Date||Year Founded||Description|