Issue #2(20) 2019 Opinion

Space investment – from build-up to breakthrough

Dylan Taylor Voyager Space Holding, Denver CO, USA
Bradley Cheetham Advanced Space, Colorado, USA

The global space industry is diversifying and maturing on many fronts, driven by many trends. The speed of innovation is increasing and the barriers to entry for providing solutions enabled or enhanced by space are rapidly being reduced. These are the current realities of the space industry and they are further magnified by the progress of space tourism, which along with other high visibility activities, will continue to raise the public profile of space in the coming years.

Looking at the landscape from both the perspective of a seasoned investor (Dylan Taylor) and an entrepreneur (Bradley Cheetham) we have a diverse perspective on the industry and the observations in this article are informed by those personal experiences of investing in and operating companies within the industry.

Opportunities for profitable company growth, and thus positive investment returns, are emerging throughout the space industry value chain. While the focus is often on the highly visible companies led by billionaires, substantial value is emerging from outside of the spotlight in companies of all ages and sizes around the world.

Because many of these companies need financial resources, well-informed investors can have a meaningful impact on the success of these space endeavours and ultimately share in the growth of these entities.

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