After NASA embraced the private space industry, the investment dollars began flowing. In 2015, more than $2 billion in bets were placed on space startups, but in 2016 things came back down to Earth—a 30% decrease year-over-year, according to CBInsights. At the same time, many of the companies on this year’s list have announced revenue-generating partnerships, which means that 2017 may well include several exciting, ambitious, and highly public product—and rocket—launches. Keep your eyes on the skies.
Click on a company to learn more about why it made the list.
01. Orbital Insight
For analyzing data from a constellation of satellites
For delivering better weather intel
For reigniting our interest in rockets
04. Blue Origin
For making the private space race competitive
For propelling internet service to new heights
For launching China back into space
07. Rocket Lab
For giving small satellites lift-off
For safely redirecting space debris
For turning a plane into a launchpad
10. Moon Express
For bringing us back to the moon
This article is part of our coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.