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Emerging Startups Propelling the Development of Space Aviation Infrastructure

by Mwikisa Kanguya

Startups are redefining the future of space exploration, defying norms and making a substantial contribution to the expansion of the space sector with their agile and fastpaced methodologies. Innovative technologies like reusable rockets, sophisticated propulsion systems, and compact satellites are being designed and manufactured by startups and are crucial to building a strong space infrastructure.

This week, we spotlight four companies that are driving innovation in the sector:


SpeQtral is a Singapore-based technology company that is focused on securing global networks in the quantum era. They are merging space-based transmission with terrestrial fibre to create a quantum key distribution communication network that ensures absolute data security for governments, corporations, and sensitive communications.


ThinkOrbital is a company that specialises in developing large, scalable, and cost-efficient structures for the New Space Economy. Their ThinkPlatforms are designed to be assembled autonomously in orbit, offering new opportunities for satellite servicing, space debris processing, in-space manufacturing, on-orbit storage, refuelling, space tourism, and research.


Magdrive is a British startup that specialises in next-generation spacecraft propulsion technology. Their flagship product, the Magdrive-Nano, is a compact and high-power propulsion system designed for small spacecraft. The system utilises a metal propellant to create a high-energy plasma, generating thrust that is an order of magnitude higher than other similar-sized electric propulsion systems. Magdrive’s technology has applications in various areas, including avoidance manoeuvres, end-of-life deorbiting, satellite servicing, orbital manufacturing, constellation management, and deep space transport.

Relativity Space:

Relativity Space is a rocket company focused on becoming a commercial launch company. With a growing demand for space infrastructure, Relativity Space aims to meet the need for launch services by offering 3D-printed reusable rockets that provide the right payload capacity at an affordable cost. By leveraging advancements in additive manufacturing, the company is dedicated to reducing vehicle complexity, cost, and time to market. Relativity Space’s patented technologies enable innovative designs and unlock new opportunities in the expanding space economy. Their flagship rocket, Terran R, is a medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket capable of missions to destinations such as the Moon and Mars.

In summary, space aviation infrastructure is the cornerstone of our space exploration mission. It provides the fundamental framework required for satellite launches, scientific research, and space exploration. Innovation, competitiveness, and teamwork have become the norm in the dynamic relationship between government space agencies and commercial aerospace industries, driving advances that were previously unthinkable.

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