Why Space?

Space enables the global economy.

It’s hard to remember what life was like without ubiquitous GPS. Satellite navigation has not only made it easier to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B, but it has also created enormous value for an entire generation of companies, from location-specific services like Google Maps, to the tools that power modern logistics, agriculture, finance, and retail businesses. Indeed, GPS enables our global economy.

Now another big shift is about to take place, sparked by rapidly improving Earth-observation (EO) and communications satellites, and the creation of tools that will democratize this data for all kinds of business, environmental, and philanthropic uses. These satellite constellations will provide truly global internet connectivity, which will power the automated systems that are about to reshape many industries. They’ll also enable the collection of new types of data that will drive increasingly powerful and specific business insights.

The biggest opportunities and challenges over the next century will transcend regions, cultures, and boundaries. Space provides a platform to deliver solutions that reach every living thing on the planet.

What’s Space Talent?

Space Talent is a free career platform built for the global ecosystem of companies at the intersection of Space and Tech. Our mission is to connect job seekers with the hiring managers by centralizing career opportunities in one easy to search location and managing a curated network of incredible talent.

I’m a Job Seeker, why should I join the Talent Network?

By joining the Talent Network, you gain direct access to the hiring managers at the companies listed on the Jobs Board. Let them know what type of opportunities you're looking for and why you are a standout hire.

Will my employer be able to view my profile?

Only the companies listed on the Jobs Board are apart of the Talent Network. If your employer is a company listed on Space Talent, you have the option to make your profile "Public" or "Private" when signing up.

  • Public members will be searchable by all companies listed on the Jobs Board.
  • Private members can request introductions to companies, but won't show up in a search from a company manager.

Please note that visibility settings can be changed at any time within your profile.

I’m a Hiring Manager, why should I create a company profile?

By creating a company profile, Space Talent automatically posts open job opportunities from your company’s career page and lists them on our centralized searchable jobs board to make it easy for top talent to find you. You will also receive access to our curated network of high-quality candidates, sourced and vetted by experts, to make it easy for you to proactively recruit. All of these services are completely free.

Eligible companies must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Founded after 2000
  • Raised >$100K USD in equity investment
  • Business or technology that is enabled by Space
  • Host an active careers page

I work in Tech, is there an opportunity for me?

Yes, there are many venture-backed companies and new start-up opportunities requiring experienced Tech professionals with backgrounds in software and business.

As additional context, the development and innovation across the space technology stack follows a similar evolution to the internet, cloud, and blockchain stacks. Early on, companies build the full stack in-house, there is no specialization, business are expensive to start and hard to scale, innovation remains limited. Over time, specialization and economies of scale help reduce upfront costs, centralized resources are designed to scale, and low-cost experimentation and innovation flourish.

Space is undergoing this rapid transformation across Launch, Communications, Earth Observation, Position/Navigation and there are opportunities all across the stack depending on your skills and interests.

Infrastructure/Data: If you are hardware focused, there are tons of opportunities to get involved at the infrastructure/data layer. Companies that operate here have a close physical proximity to space and include the more traditional rockets, satellites, sensors, and radars. Examples of companies include Ursa Major Technologies, ICEYE, Oxford Space Systems, and LeoLabs.

Middleware: If you flourish integrating hardware and software, building scalable distribution, and love making information more accessible, then you should consider companies developing middleware. Examples of companies in this area include MapBox, SkyWatch, Picterra, and Isotropic Systems.

Applications: If you love manipulating data and building software solutions for specific industries and use-cases, there is an exponential opportunity waiting for you here. From location-based services, to global internet, and persistent monitoring of the Earth, the only limit to the number of applications is your creativity. Examples of companies include ADWAY, EarthAI, FluroSat, and Radar.

What’s the difference between early, growth, late, and public companies?

The various stages of a company’s lifecycle reflect the relative risk of the business including capital raised, technical and operational milestones achieved, customer traction, size of the team, and financial performance. As a proxy for all of these variables, Space Talent classifies the stage of a company based on their financing history:

  • Early: Pre-seed through Series A
  • Growth: Series B through D
  • Late: Series D or later
  • Public: Company is listed on a public exchange

What’re the different segments within Space?

The most established segments within Space economy are as follows:

Industry: Sector: Description:
Launch Small Payload Propulsion systems and materials for payloads of up to 2,000 kg; includes suborbital and near-space vehicles; includes entry and landing systems
Medium Payload Propulsion systems and materials for payloads of 2,000 – 20,000 kg; includes entry and landing systems
Heavy Payload Propulsion systems and materials for payloads of 20,000 – 50,000 kg; includes entry and landing systems
Super Heavy Payload Propulsion systems and materials for payloads of 50,000 kg and above; includes entry and landing systems
Brokerage Access to launches based on the manifests of multiple providers; may also assist with regulatory adherence and payload integration
Spaceport Operations Launch infrastructure and logistics
Satellites Earth Observation Manufacture and/or operations of satellite(s) whose primary focus is remote sensing; includes data, analytics, and software products
Communications Manufacture and/or operations of satellite(s) whose primary focus is communication; includes data, analytics, and software products
Position, Navigation, & Timing (PNT) Manufacture and/or operations of satellite(s) whose primary focus is PNT; includes data, analytics, and software products
Manufacturing & Components Design and/or manufacture of satellite(s) and/or components, including operating software
Operations & Ground Segments Third party operators of satellite(s); ground operations (gateways and terminals) that receive signals from satellite(s)
Information & Research Scientific Research & Platforms Microgravity research, science instruments, observatories, in-situ instruments and sensors; computation and modelling
Media & Education Culture & Design Consumer products for the promotion of space
Early Development & Training Educational programs using space hardware and/or data

The emerging segments within the Space economy include:

Industrials Energy Generation, Distribution, & Storage Energy with in-space applications. Storage and transfer, at an industrial level, in any medium
Extractives Prospecting and mining of resources in space, including the surfaces of asteroids
Manufacturing, Construction, & Maintenance In-space manufacturing and construction, using resources sourced terrestrially or in space. Includes collection, processing, and reuse or disposal of waste materials
Logistics Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Information delivery regarding the space environment, particularly hazards to both in-orbit and ground infrastructure
Debris Mitigation Solutions to mitigate debris from the mass of defunct, artificially created objects in space, including old satellites and spent rocket stages, as well as the fragments from their disintegration and collisions
On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft refueling and repairs
Biospheres Habitats Design, construction, and operations of facilities intended to support life for short and long-term periods
Spacesuits Design and/or manufacture of suits designed for both Inter-Vehicular Activities and Extra-Vehicular Activities (IVA and EVA)
Spaceflight Training Training conducted terrestrially, but designed to prepare participants for in-space travel and living
Interplanetary Landers & Rovers Robotics developed for use on other celestial bodies
Deep Space Satellites Comms, PNT, and Remote Sensing satellites designed for missions beyond Earth orbit
Deep Space Communications Comms across deep-space networks, or point-to-point comms between two in-space spacecraft; includes internet access for viewership in-space
Deep Space Position, Navigation, & Timing Relative and proximity navigation, onboard auto navigation and maneuver, timekeeping and time distribution
SOURCE: U.S. Government Support of the Entrepreneurial Space Age, NASA, 2019

Space Talent categories companies using their sector segmentation.

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