X Space Startups in the industry Industry

Launch

The launch industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries in space, no small thanks to the massive part that SpaceX and others like it have played.

Now there are hundreds of launch startups across the world.

Below is a focused list of the hottest and most interesting startups focusing on getting humans into space.

X industry Startups

Eclipse Orbital

Their mission:
The goal at Eclipse Orbital can be summed up in one sentence: making space affordable and available to everyone. While our launch vehicle won’t get the record of smallest rocket to orbit it will get the record for best value and easiest to use by customers, which are very important milestones to achieve. With CubeSats becoming an ever-growing market it’s crucial that there are affordable options for anyone who wants to send something to space.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2017
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

Black Arrow

Their mission:
Black Arrow Space Technologies will launch payloads of up to 500Kg into Polar Low Earth Orbit, or up to 300Kg into Sun Synchronous Orbit, from a unique seaborne launch vessel – our own Space Ship. The service will be marketed under ‘Horizon Sea Launch’. A safe, cost-effective, flexible service with low environmental impact.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United Kingdom
  • Founded:
    2017
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Seed
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

Leo Aerospace

Their mission:
Leo Aerospace is building a dedicated delivery service for microsatellites. Making it as easy to put a satellite into space as it is to ship a package across the country. To achieve this, we’re developing a suite of services to launch on-demand to any low earth orbit. All while requiring zero fixed ground infrastructure and providing high launch frequency. After a series of successful launch tests in 2018, we are poised to launch our first payload to space in 2020.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2017
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Seed
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

Stofiel Aerospace

Their mission:
We are opening up access to space through capabilities achieved through our technological advances. We want to be your gateway to the stars and shepherd home. It is only fitting that we are located in St. Louis – the gateway city that equipped and launched the pioneers who settled the West
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2015
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

ShipInSpace

Their mission:
SHIPinSPACE LTD has designed a new Sub-Orbital Launcher, based on the idea of decoupling structures principle. The Company has prepared a £5M business plan to qualify a 44 Passengers+4 P/Ls Sub-Orbital Module. It is the largest Manned Space Vehicle ever by a factor of 7.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United Kingdom
  • Founded:
    2012
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

Exodus Space Corp

Their mission:
Exodus Space believes space transportation will be defined by fully reusable and efficient, AI-driven horizontal takeoff and landing spaceplanes. Utilizing our patented designs and forward thinking in multipurpose launch vehicles, our goal is to transform how we access space.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2018
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

EXOS Aerospace

Their mission:
EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas. EXOS provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround. Our payload customers are those who want to “fly now,” rather than two years from now, need minutes of micro G time, and prompt access to their payload.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2014
  • Number of employees:
    11-50
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    1000000
Learn more on our startup page.

i-Space

Their mission:
I-Space was established in October 2016. The company is committed to developing excellent commercial launch vehicles and providing systemic launch solutions to provide global commercial aerospace customers with more efficient, better and more cost-effective launch services to significantly enhance human freedom to enter and exit space.
Company details:
  • Location:
    China
  • Founded:
    2016
  • Number of employees:
    201-500
  • Current funding level:
    Series A
  • Amount raised (USD):
    104500000
Learn more on our startup page.

OneSpace

Their mission:
One Space focuses on the development of smart small launch vehicles, aiming to provide cost-effective launch services for commercial micro-satellites around the world, and is committed to exploring the use of new technologies and mechanisms in commercial aerospace, and is determined to contribute to the world's commercial aerospace industry.
Company details:
  • Location:
    China
  • Founded:
    2015
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Series B
  • Amount raised (USD):
    120200000
Learn more on our startup page.

World View Enterprises

Their mission:
World View® is pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space and leading the way in the emerging stratospheric economy. As an active, full-service commercial launch provider, World View’s technology is already opening up new realms of possibility for commercial customers around the world.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2013
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Series C+
  • Amount raised (USD):
    41800000
Learn more on our startup page.

Vector Launch

Their mission:
Vector is a disruptive innovator that connects space startups with affordable and reliable space access. Vector has a BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion dollar launch market and combines dedicated low-cost micro satellites launch (Vector Launch) and software defined satellites (GalacticSky) to dramatically increase access and speed to orbit. With products proudly designed, produced, and launched in the U.S.A.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2016
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Series B
  • Amount raised (USD):
    102800000
Learn more on our startup page.

Gilmour Space

Their mission:
Gilmour Space Technologies is an Australia and Singapore-based rocket company that is developing and launching low-cost hybrid launch vehicles for small satellites up to 400 kg. Gilmour Space Technologies is tracking for commercial LEO launches from 2020.
Company details:
  • Location:
    Australia
  • Founded:
    2012
  • Number of employees:
    11-50
  • Current funding level:
    Series B
  • Amount raised (USD):
    17533000
Learn more on our startup page.

Skyrora

Their mission:
Skyrora Limited is a UK company headquartered in Edinburgh, developing launch vehicle technology that has evolved from previous rocket systems. We aim to reduce the cost of space launches through the combination of proven technology and advanced engineering methods.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United Kingdom
  • Founded:
    2017
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Seed
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

Zero 2 Infinity

Their mission:
Zero 2 Infinity's mission is to enable people with a project and a passion to place themselves above the Earth in order to collect rich data, take high definition images, manage communications and more, much more.
Company details:
  • Location:
    Spain
  • Founded:
    2009
  • Number of employees:
    11-50
  • Current funding level:
    Seed
  • Amount raised (USD):
    1600000
Learn more on our startup page.

Orbex

Their mission:
Orbex has developed one of the most advanced, low carbon, high performance micro-launch vehicles in the world. They launch customer satellites into polar and sun-synchronous low Earth orbits from a unique, modern launch location in the heart of the European continent.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United Kingdom
  • Founded:
    2015
  • Number of employees:
    11-50
  • Current funding level:
    Series A
  • Amount raised (USD):
    39800000
Learn more on our startup page.

PLD Space

Their mission:
PLD Space is The European Company that is developing launcher technologies to provide suborbital and orbital commercial launch services, dedicated to small payloads and small satellites.
Company details:
  • Location:
    Spain
  • Founded:
    2011
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Series A
  • Amount raised (USD):
    19800000
Learn more on our startup page.

Relativity Space

Their mission:
Founded in late 2015, Relativity is creating an entirely reimagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly and build the future of humanity in space. They believe the future of humanity is interplanetary. In realizing that vision, they will create technology that also betters life on Earth.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2016
  • Number of employees:
    501-1000
  • Current funding level:
    Series B
  • Amount raised (USD):
    45700000
Learn more on our startup page.

Bagaveev

Their mission:
Bagaveev's mission is to explore and conquer the cosmos for the benefit of mankind. Their short term goal is to launch nano-satellites once a week so small teams can quickly innovated in space and grow into large teams and large satellite companies. Their intermediate goal is to build two-person fully reusable rocket and a spacecraft. Their long term goals are to establish mining, production and communications hubs on the Moon's surface.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2013
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Seed
  • Amount raised (USD):
    655000
Learn more on our startup page.

Firefly Aerospace

Their mission:
Firefly Aerospace Inc. (“Firefly”), headquartered in Austin, TX, is committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture and operation of reliable launch vehicles.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2014
  • Number of employees:
    51-200
  • Current funding level:
    Series A
  • Amount raised (USD):
    21600000
Learn more on our startup page.

STAR

Their mission:
Space Technology and Aeronautical Rocketry, also known as STAR, is a private Aerospace company incorporated as Avkashyaan Private Limited. STAR builds high powered rockets, rocket engines and other space systems. STAR's mission is to build easy, economical and efficient launch vehicle for small satellites and to build platforms for students to do research in the field of space technology.
Company details:
  • Location:
    India
  • Founded:
    2015
  • Number of employees:
    1-10
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    0
Learn more on our startup page.

SpaceX

Their mission:
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2002
  • Number of employees:
    1000+
  • Current funding level:
    Series C+
  • Amount raised (USD):
    2850000000
Learn more on our startup page.

Rocket Lab

Their mission:
The satellites of today are getting smaller, doing more and costing less – and thousands of them need to get on orbit. Small satellites have been promised frequent, reliable and affordable dedicated launch for decades. Rocket Lab aims to deliver on this with a tailored, responsive launch service operating right now.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2006
  • Number of employees:
    201-500
  • Current funding level:
    Series C+
  • Amount raised (USD):
    215000000
Learn more on our startup page.

Blue Origin

Their mission:
Blue Origin believes that in order to preserve Earth, our home, for our grandchildren’s grandchildren, we must go to space to tap its unlimited resources and energy. Like the Industrial Revolution gave way to trade, economic abundance, new communities and high-speed transportation - our road to space opens to the door to the infinite and yet unimaginable future generations might enjoy. Paving the way starts now.
Company details:
  • Location:
    United States
  • Founded:
    2000
  • Number of employees:
    1000+
  • Current funding level:
    Self-funded
  • Amount raised (USD):
    1000000000
Learn more on our startup page.