Truths and Dilemmas of Space Startups
“Astronauta-02” by Daniela Jiménez. 2021. [r]

Truths and Dilemmas of Space Startups

In this endless search for home, we find adventurous startups setting a separate path. A path that yearns for innovation and an agile vision but is often irregular and turbulent. A path sometimes even fatal, cutting a startup's life short.

Monica Hernandez

I like to think that striving for a sustained presence in space is a desire to return to our birth story. We continue to search across the endless night because this journey takes us back to our point of origin. And along the way, we learn more about ourselves as a species and about the cosmos.

In this endless search for home, we find adventurous startups setting a separate path. A path that yearns for innovation and an agile vision but is often irregular and turbulent. A path sometimes even fatal, cutting a startup's life short.

The early and seed stages of space startups are particularly filled with perils. The uncertainties tower over founders as they seek financial support and commercial maturity. And although startups can be more agile than the more prominent space companies, the first steps proving their value proposition to decision-makers are herculean.

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