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

Sort: Click on the column heading to sort A-Z; click again to sort Z-A.

Search: To search within the entire table, simply type your query into the search area at the top right of the table. If you’d like to search within a specific column, use the search box at the bottom of that column.

Download: You can download this table as an Excel or CSV file by using the icons at the top of the table. You can also print the table.

Screen Size: The database is too big to fit on most screens, so you’ll need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of your screen to scroll right to see additional columns, and continuing scrolling down to see all companies. 

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 Is the listed data inaccurate or outdated?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
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