Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Beyond SpaceX: 10 space companies to watch in 2016 & 2017

While a lot of end-of-the-year, turn-of-the-calendar roundups try to focus on the year that was or the year ahead, the space industry is very different. Developments are planned further in advance, so some of the qualifying news that gets companies on this list isn’t scheduled to happen until 2017. The industry is small compared to cloud computing or cybersecurity, for example, but the rate of growth is tremendous. There seems to be a cultural solidarity with spacetech on account of its tightly-knit history of cooperation and the still limited number of private companies that can facilitate space flight.

To be sure, those companies weren’t around 10 years ago. SpaceX, it is fair to say, is the Google of the industry. Blue Origin is also in the game, both set to disrupt the pricing model for development and prices for customers to get cargo above the atmosphere. More importantly, they’re expanding access. While both companies are assuredly worth a Google Alert in your inbox, there are smaller companies you should also know about that are planning some major leaps in the next two years.

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