This is the third installment of our SpaceFund Reality (SFR) rating, focused on space habitats. With this rating we begin to move into areas that are more obviously related to the SpaceFund mission of supporting “frontier enabling” technologies. While the launch database showed a field that is over crowded, many other critical sectors of the space economy are not, and some are frankly, wide open.
Our research has showed that this sector, space habitats, is still underdeveloped and represents a potential opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs. If one is to believe what Musk, Bezos and governments such as the US and UAE are saying about their plans to both dramatically lower the cost of space access and enable a permanent human presence in space, within a few years we may see a ‘housing shortage’ on the frontier.
It is important to note that space also presents us with many unique challenges, not the least of which is applying traditional terrestrial definitions to things that may seem to be the same in space – or – as often happens – a tendency to create new and exotic names to apply to what on Earth would be common. For example, “habitats” or “space stations.” In actuality both of these are just buildings. They may be located in space, they may be exotic in their form, technology, and structure, but they are still just buildings. They are designed to hold or house people and/or the things and objects that belong to people, or that people use. While some of them may move, such as a habitat orbiting the Earth or a Lagrange point in space, they are not intended or designed to move and deliver people or payloads from point A to point B.
Our research into this sector also highlighted two distinct groups of companies that are actively designing and developing habitats. While these companies are all planning to or are constructing buildings in space, they are working to solve fundamentally different problems depending on the location of those buildings. This means the types of companies, the types of habitats, and the types of engineers and scientists working on those solutions are fundamentally different. For this reason, we have broken these companies into two different database: In-Space Habitats and Surface Habitats.
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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|wdt_ID||Company||SFR||Destination||Category||Funding ($M)||Occupancy||Floor Area (m^2)||Volume (m^3)||Country||HQ Location||Description|
|26||Orion Span||2||Earth||Hardware & Service Provider||-||6||0||0||USA||San Mateo, CA||Building and sustaining human communities in space|
|27||Leviathan Space||0||Earth Orbit, Mars||Hardware & Service Provider||-||0||0||0||USA||Pompano Beach, FL||Developing space stations with artificial gravity that will serve as the future havens that will facilitate research, manufacturing, science, trade and tourism in deep space|
|28||InterPlanetary Ventures||0||-||Hardware & Service Provider||-||0||0||0||USA||San Francisco, CA||Developing the inner solar system for human settlement, with infrastructure, exploration and development projects|
|17||Boeing||9||Moon||Hardware & Service Provider||Public||0||0||0||USA||St. Louis, MO||Operator of the ISS and supporting the development of deep space habitats as part of NASA's NextSTEP program|
|18||Thales Alenia Space||9||Earth Orbit||Hardware & Service Provider||Joint Venture||0||0||460||France||Cannes||Provided ESA with the Columbus, Harmony, Tranquility, Cupola, and Leonardo modules for the ISS|
|19||Lockheed Martin||8||Mars, Moon||Hardware & Service Provider||Public||0||0||0||USA||Littleton, CO||Supporting the development of deep space habitats as part of NASA's NextSTEP program|
|20||Axiom Space||7||Earth Orbit||Owner/Operator||16||16||0||523||USA||Houston, TX||As the successor to ISS, serving six segments: national asttonauts, private astronauts, researchers, manufacturers, exploration companies, advertisers|
|21||Bigelow Aerospace/BSO||6||Earth Orbit||Owner/Operator||-||6||0||330||USA||Las Vegas, NV||Achieving economic breakthroughs in the costs associated with the design, development, and construction of habitable space structures|
|22||ILC Dover||7||Earth Orbit||Hardware & Service Provider||125||0||0||0||USA||Frederica, DE||Developing and manufacturing inflatable habitats and shelters for use in space and for lunar/planetary exploration|
|23||NanoRacks||6||Earth Orbit||Owner/Operator||5.5||2||0||65||USA||Webster, TX||Repurposing spent upper stages of launch vehicles and converting them into commercial space stations in orbit|
|Company||SFR||Destination||Category||Funding ($M)||Occupancy||Floor Area (m^2)||Volume (m^3)||Country||HQ Location||Description|
|wdt_ID||Company||SFR||Destination||Category||Funding ($M)||Occupancy||Floor Area (m^2)||Volume (m^3)||Material 1||Material 2||Country||HQ Location||Description|
|63||Team Zopherus||2||Mars||Designer/Developer||-||0||0||0||Concrete||HDPE||USA||Rogers, AR||Designing a Mars habitat using a moving 3D printer that deploys rovers to retrieve local materials|
|64||4th Planet Logistics||1||Mars, Moon||Designer||-||0||0||0||-||-||USA||Mundelein, IL||Designing habitats from naturally occurring terrestrial lava tubes in order to allow humans to find homes on the Moon and Mars|
|65||Exolife||0||Moon||Designer/Developer||-||0||0||0||-||-||USA||-||Establishing life on the Moon via a 3D printed lunar base|
|60||Instarz||2||Moon||Designer/Developer||-||8||0||1,000||-||-||Puerto Rico||Mayaguez||Creating Remnant, a self-sustaining habitat for the lunar surface|
|61||Mars City Design||2||Mars||Designer||-||4||27||0||-||-||USA||Los Angeles, CA||Designing Alpha, a 3D printed Mars habitat|
|62||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill||2||Moon||Designer||-||4||0||0||-||-||USA||Chicago, IL||Collaborating with ESA and MIT on a Moon village research project|
|58||Albert Kahn/Yates Construction||2||Mars||Designer||Joint Venture||4||0||0||Concrete||HDPE||USA||Detroit, MI||Designing a 3D printed Mars habitat|
|59||Exploration Architecture Corporation||3||Mars, Moon||Designer/Developer||-||4||0||0||Regolith||Polyethylene||USA||San Antonio, TX||Developing 3D printed Mars and lunar habitats, lunar infrastructure materials, and lunar site development architectures|
|51||Bigelow Aerospace||6||Moon||Designer/Developer||-||6||0||330||-||-||USA||Las Vegas, NV||Developing "First Base", a habitat for the lunar surface|
|52||SpaceX||6||Mars||Designer/Developer||3570||0||0||0||-||-||USA||Hawthorne, CA||Using Starship to establish a Mars base, then build a thriving city and eventually a self-sustaining civilization on Mars|
|Company||SFR||Destination||Category||Funding ($M)||Occupancy||Floor Area (m^2)||Volume (m^3)||Material 1||Material 2||Country||HQ Location||Description|
Update #3. January 22, 2019.
- Gateway Foundation
- Exploration Architecture Corporation (2 -> 3)
- Exploration Architecture Corporation
Update #2. August 16, 2019.
- Bigelow Aerospace
- AI SpaceFactory (4 -> 5)
- Space Exploration Architecture (4 -> 3)
- Albert Kahn/Yates Construction (3 -> 2)
- Instarz (1 -> 2)
- Mars City Design (3 -> 2)
- 4th Planet Logistics (2 -> 1)
- AI SpaceFactory
Update #1. May 16, 2019.
- Axiom Space (5 -> 7)
- Bigelow Aerospace/BSO (9 -> 7)
- Orion Span (3 -> 2)
- Axiom Space
- Blue Origin
- AI Space Factory (3 -> 4)
- Instarz (2 -> 1)
- Mars Incubator (2 -> 3)
- Space Exploration Architecture
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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