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#SpaceWatchGL Column: E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in September 2021

by Raphael Roettgen

Photo by NASA on Unsplash.

September did not bring us any SPAC merger announcements nor blockbuster triple-digit private financing rounds. On the SPAC front, though, it is worth noting that several previously announced mergers (ArQit, BlackSky, Redwire) secured shareholder approval.

On the M&A side, we saw deals like BAE Systems acquiring In-Space Missions in the UK and Spire Global acquiring Canadian exactEarth. The latter is another example, following Astra’s acquisition of Apollo Fusion, of a newly SPAC cash-enriched space company using part of that cash for an add-on acquisition.

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Isotropic Systems37.0UKsatcomm (terminals)AE Industrial Partners, Orbital Ventures, Seraphim Capital, The Firmament Group


HySpecIQ20.0U.S.remote sensing (hyperspectral)


Peter Thiel
Near Space Labs13.0U.S.remote sensing (stratospheric)Crosslink Capital, Leadout Capital, Toyota Ventures, Wireframe Ventures
Earth Observant11.1U.S.remote sensing




Orbit Fab10.0U.S.orbit services (refueling)


Asymmetry Ventures, Good Growth Capital, Jackson Moses, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Marubeni, Northrop Grumman, SpaceFund, Type One Ventures


Kleos Space9.2Australiaremote sensing (RF)


Perennial Value Mgmt., Thornyey Group, others


Cambium Biomaterials8.0U.S.other (materials)N/A
Xona Space Systems8.0U.S.GNSSSeraphim Capital, Toyota Ventures, Daniel Ammann, Ryan Johnson, 1517 Fund, Stellar Solutions


Starfish Space7.0U.S.orbit services (space tugs)Boost VC, Hypothesis, Liquid 2 Ventures, MaC Venture Capital, NFX, PSL Ventures


Astrome Technologies3.4IndiasatcommArtPark, IAN Fund, Impact Collective, Lakshmi Narayanan, Urania Ventures


Psionic2.4U.S.spacecraft components (navigation)Ridgeline, others


Payload Aerospace2.2SpainlaunchCDTI, Stornoway Portfolio Management


Aurora Propulsion Technologies2.0Finlandspacecraft components


Practica Capital, Tesi, The Flying Object
Space Craft Beer0.8Chinaother (beer)


Payload0.7U.S.other (media)


Winklevoss Capital,  Andy Weissman, Sam McIngvale
Juniper Unmanned0.4U.S.remote sensing – downstream


Turion SpaceN/AU.S.orbit services (space debris)FAST, GETTYLAB, Y Combinator



Raphael Roettgen; Photo courtesy of the author

Raphael Roettgen provides financial advice to and invests proprietary capital in space companies as a managing director and founder of E2MC. He also advises institutional investors and governments on space. Previously, Raphael has held senior roles at global investment banks and hedge funds and was also a fintech entrepreneur in Brazil. He holds degrees in finance from Wharton, machine learning from PUC-Rio and space studies from the International Space University, as well as the CFA and FRM charters.

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