Space Ventures Investors has over 10 years experience researching space companies, including start-ups, existing ventures, and equities. Our staff have over 50 years experience working in investment banking, finance and consulting, and follow many industry standards.
Our research is split into two groups, Space Commerce and Space Resources.
We focus on emerging and established companies part of the strategic Space Value Chain which includes:
• Launchers, Rockets and Space planes: there is a need for finding the right balance. The launch industry has been dominated by vertical lift-off at the expense of horizontal lift-off and landing.
• Emerging Space Stocks: Small and mid-cap space stocks are overlooked; analysts focus on larger aerospace and satellite communications companies. We focus on emerging space equities and analyse how their technology will impact the market.
• Manufacturing in Space: Facilitating LEO commercialisation and in-orbit manufacturing. What can be made in space, how, why, and where are the end markets?
• Satellites: includes earth-observation satellites but also communications such as IoT and 5G.
• Space Tourism: an expensive trip with a declining price, yet to take-off. Investor and media interest in space tourism grows as companies continue to require capital to develop the technology and processes to make space tourism a reality. Larger space tourism (e.g. Virgin Galactic) companies are well funded, others offer alternative technologies and business cases. Can the market support both orbital and sub-orbital space tourism?
• Space Debris: A growth area which is crucial to explore due to the evolving risks that can disable planned constellations and already in-orbit installations such as the ISS. Yet the question remains and the race is on: What will clean up existing and potential space debris in orbit?
Since 2014 Space Ventures Investors has been researching Space Resources business models.
The long-term business models; how feasible are operations on the Lunar surface and all the steps involved.
• Who is part of the supply-chain to the Moon and back?
• Who is developing the right technology for the right purpose, e.g. water extraction from regolith or the Moon's South Pole craters,
• The opportunity of when and how to enter this highly complex and lucrative emerging industry – timing is crucial.
• Lunar Surface Mining; the fluctuations in prices of precious and rare earth meals can bring forward the eventuality and affordability of Lunar Surface mining operations, combined with decreasing launch prices.
• Which companies are actively pursuing Asteroid Mining, currently we focus on exploration and inspection; detection and tracking are the best current business models.
• Intercepting Near Earth Objects and extracting resources may be 10 years away, innovation is required to turn the concepts into industrial operations.
• SVI keeps up to date on the status of missions from agencies like NASA, ESA and JAXA.