Information Central

Dig deeper into entrepreneurial space—including the major industries, the innovative technologies, the public-private partnerships, and more—in Space Angels’ Information Central. You’ll also find links to our coverage in the media and press releases below.

Planetary Markets

Cold Surface, Hot Market: Commercial Lunar Gains Traction

For anyone with their finger on the pulse of the entrepreneurial space race, it should come as no surprise that the Moon is becoming prime real estate these days. Private companies will demonstrate that they’ve got what it takes to kickstart commerce on the surface of the Moon.

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General Industry Trends

The Power of Telling Stories About Space

Communicating about pushing the boundaries of exploration is vitally important. It helps to retain interest and imagination, as well as inspiring the next generation—all essential things if we are to push forward in a new commercial Space Race.

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Industrials & Logistics

Asteroid Prospects III: In Pursuit of a Thriving Space Economy

As commercial space companies emerge and diversify, we see the foundations of a space-based economy beginning to solidify. But what would a “space economy” actually look like? And what will it take to get us there?

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Satellites

Making Sense of Satellites: Remote Sensing, Communications, and PNT

Satellites are big business: In recent years, satellites, their ground operations, and associated manufacturing have accounted for 62% of space industry revenue. Within the satellite industry, there are three functional subsegments: Communications, Remote Sensing, and PNT.

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General Industry Trends

Disrupting Space – The Rise of the European Space Sector

In today’s new space era, space is no longer the preserve of governments. Commercial companies are driving forward exploration––something which is no different to what we have seen on Earth.

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In-space Biosphere

After the ISS: Big Plans for Commercial Space Habitats

Like so much in space, habitats are going commercial. By the 2020’s, NASA’s intention is to transition low-Earth orbit to the private sector (in terms of both supply and demand).

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Industrials & Logistics

The Untapped Value of In-Space Manufacturing

3D printing, and in-space manufacturing in a broader sense, are more than just a novelty. In-space industrials have an enormous role to play in our future in space. As such, in-space manufacturing represents a key area of interest for investors.

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Satellites

Five Years in the Making: Planet’s Nanosat Fleet and India’s Historic Launch

For the investors that fund ambitious ventures like Planet, successful launches like last week’s ISRO PSLV-C37 mission underscore the sheer potential (and forward momentum) of the entrepreneurial space industry.

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Launchers & Landers

SpaceX, Reusable Rockets, and the Future of Spaceflight

SpaceX has become synonymous with modern-day space exploration. Since its founding in 2002, Elon Musk’s ambitious vision has grown from a something of a pipe dream into everyone’s favorite rocket company.

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In-space Biosphere

Zip Me Up, Scotty: Next-Gen Spacesuits and the Commercial Space Industry

As agencies from across the globe prepare to send crewed missions to low-Earth destinations and beyond, the question of commercial spacesuits becomes a core consideration. A handful of companies are designing the next generation of space attire.

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General Industry Trends

2017: A look ahead to the year in commercial space

As each year passes, the commercial space sector is helping to revive the drive to explore space. To get an idea of what to expect in commercial space in 2017, Sarah Cruddas compiled predictions from space professionals across the globe.

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Satellites

Satellite Constellations Vision Finally Being Realized

SpaceX, OneWeb, Planet Labs and others will be launching extensive satellite networks in the near future. This great influx of satellites will require innovative, reliable and effective ground support––and a number of pioneering space startups think they’ve got the answer.

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Industrials & Logistics

Asteroid Prospects: the Facts and Future of Space Mining

The notion of harvesting resources from extraterrestrial sources is not a new one. The lure of untold bounties—orbiting just out of reach—has prompted generations of poets and presidents alike to expound upon the potential applications of space mining.

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Launchers & Landers

Private Sector Progress via Spaceport Tucson

Tucson is home to emerging space startups that have built a place for themselves in Arizona desert: Construction is nearing completion on the Pima County's new Spaceport Tucson,

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General Industry Trends

New Glenn and the Importance of Planetary Science

The passing of John Glenn marks a closure on our first chapter in the history of space exploration. Glenn was not only an American hero, but a global hero.

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Planetary Markets

Lunar Market Opportunity the Real Prize for Private Ventures

Startups from around the globe are trumpeting their intentions to not only revisit the Moon, but also to fully capitalize upon the market opportunity it presents.

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Satellites

Toyota, Kymeta, and the Future of Intelligent Transport Systems

In January 2016, Kymeta Corporation—a leading-edge satellite antenna manufacturing company based in Washington state—announced that their Series D investment round closed with $62M in project funding.

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General Industry Trends

In Search of Answers

While Space Angels Network’s primary focus is investing in businesses with a clear path to financial return, there is also value in donating to space related causes, with the promise of returns beyond financial.

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General Industry Trends

The Next Step for Human Spaceflight

This month has been a significant one for Virgin Galactic. On August 1st it was announced that the company had received its Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) license for testing of SpaceShipTwo.

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In-space Biosphere

Under Pressure: Past, Present, and Future Spacesuit Market

We are at an inflection point for human spaceflight. Therefore, we believe the market for spacesuits is growing and could present an attractive opportunity for investment.

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General Industry Trends

The Space Economy

Space Angels Network has been attempting to frame the commercial space industry n a way that makes sense for investors and entrepreneurs alike. Our new framework is based on “Geographies”: Terrestrial, In-Space, and Planetary.

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Planetary Markets

The New Moon Shot

On a September day in Texas, a President’s words ignited the spirit, endeavour, and determination of a nation and set in motion arguably the most significant event in human exploration.

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General Industry Trends

Commercial Use of ICBMs - Impact to Investment Community

Space Angels Network was on Capitol Hill again last week to oppose an amendment to the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),

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Industrials & Logistics

Space Resources: Paving our road to space

As we move forward in a new era in space exploration, driven by private enterprise, resources are set to determine the playing field in terms of enabling humans to eventually live and work in space.

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In-space Biosphere

An interview with World View Chief Pilot Ron Garan

This year former NASA astronaut Ron Garan was appointed Chief Pilot of World View Enterprises. The veteran of both Space Shuttle and Soyuz missions spent more than 177 days in space before deciding to leave the agency...

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In-space Biosphere

Bigelow BEAM: Expanding Space

The concept of an inflatable space habitat isn’t exactly what you might have had in mind when envisioning our space future. As is often the case with technology, even things which seem improbable eventually come true.

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General Industry Trends

Commercial Spaceflight - The New Right Stuff

It might not seem like it to everybody now, but the exploration of space is the most significant thing we will ever do as a species. Commercial space tourism matters because it is turning something which is the preserve of the extraordinary into something for everyone.

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General Industry Trends

2015 An Epic Year for the Space Industry

Chad Anderson's annual Year in Review covers the technological triumphs and portfolio progress for the commercial space industry in 2015.

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General Industry Trends

No, Virgin Galactic isn't "building" a UK Spaceport

The truth is that the UK has been working on plans to build a spaceport for the past few years. They're moving ahead with these plans, with or without Virgin Galactic, and have already downselected to just a few potential locations.

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Industrials & Logistics

Asteroid Mining 101

Asteroid Mining: Could the untold riches in asteroids and other planets be the key to exploring the wider Universe? Sarah Cruddas explores how space mining companies might support a future off-planet.

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General Industry Trends

State of the Industry - November 2015

In this 12-minute video, Managing Director Chad Anderson provides an overview of key trends in the commercial space sector, the increasing levels of private investment, and the opportunities that are becoming available.

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General Industry Trends

2013 Year in Review: Space Angels Network

2013 was a tremendous year for the space industry, which saw commercial ventures bring space travel and human spaceflight back to the forefront of public consciousness. Chad Anderson reflects on the past year's space industry highlights and organizational changes.

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General Industry Trends

Chad Anderson publishes: Rethinking Public-Private Space Travel

Chad Anderson discusses the benefits of public-private partnerships in his latest paper, Rethinking public-private space travel, published in Space Policy Journal.

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Planetary Markets

Moon Prospect: Demand for Commercial Lunar Services

During his MBA studies at the University of Oxford, Mr. Anderson produced the first-ever market assessment for commercial lunar services. While completed in July 2013, this report has only just been released publicly.

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General Industry Trends

Space Investing: The Science of Rocket Investing

For the past two decades we’ve seen early-stage capital flood to Internet and mobile startups. Increasingly, investors are looking for more systemic innovations–– and many are in it for more than just the monetary returns.

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