The global commitment to become a multi-planetary civilization is significant. If a growing population and “peak everything” are primary trends, so are the management of a global telecommunications infrastructure from space and the push to mine asteroids and access new resources in space. Consequently, I expect the space industry to grow and to prosper.
For the 2nd Quarter 2017 Wrap Up, we have included an updated list of space companies. Here are the companies traded on the US stock markets.
- AAR Corp (AIR) – AAR provides aviation supply chain services for North American and international commercial airlines, government, and defense services (both domestic and international). These services include maintenance, repair and overhaul, structures, and systems.
- Actuant (ATU) – Actuant is a diversified industrial company serving customers in more than 30 countries. Products and services include branded hydraulic tools and solutions, specialized products and services for energy markets, and highly-engineered position and motion control systems.
- Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (AJRD) – Aerojet Rocketdyne is a US-based, technology manufacturer. It is organized into two segments: Aerospace and Defense and Real Estate. Formerly GenCorp, Inc., its Jonesborough, TN plant is the primary supplier of depleted uranium ordinance weapons. Since the inception of the US space program, ARH has powered rocket launches of the US space program including the Apollo and Space Shuttle engines. The company’s propulsion systems have placed commercial, military, and government satellites into orbit. They have also powered space-probe missions to nearly every planet in the solar system and the movement of the Mars rover Curiosity.
- Airbus Group SE (EADSF) – Airbus Group SE is a European multinational aerospace and defense corporation. Headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands, the group consists of the three business divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defense and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. The company was originally formed as the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company NV (EADS) on 10 July 2000 by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA), and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA). In January 2014, EADS was reorganized as Airbus Group NV, combining the divisions for development and marketing of civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles, space rockets, helicopters, satellites, and related systems. On 27 May 2015, the company became the ninth component of Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index to adopt the corporate form of the European Union (EU), becoming a societas Europaea (SE; Latin: European company).
- Alcoa Inc. (AA) – Producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. Active in all major aspects of the industry: technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling.
- Applied Ind. Tech. (AIT)- Manufacture and sales of industrial (including automotive) parts and fluid power components and modification, repair, and installation services for industrial rubber components such as conveyor belts and hoses. A GSA contract holder.
- Astrotech Corp (ASTC) – Astrotech is a technology incubator headquartered in Austin, Texas. Astrotech uses technology sourced internally and from research institutions, government laboratories, and universities to fund, manage and sell start-up companies. Astrotech Corporation’s subsidiaries provide commercial products and services to NASA, the US Department of Defense, national space agencies, and global commercial customers.
- Ball Corporation (BLL) – A supplier of avionics, space systems, metal beverage and food containers, and aluminum aerosol containers. Ball is the largest producer of recyclable beverage cans in the world. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (Ball Aerospace) is an American manufacturer of spacecraft, components, and instruments for national defense, civil space, and commercial space applications. It began building pointing controls for military rockets in 1956 and later won a contract to build one of NASA’s first spacecraft, the Orbiting Solar Observatory. Numerous technological and scientific projects continue to provide aerospace technology to NASA and related industries. Ball also has many other products and services for the aerospace industry, including lubricants, optical systems, star trackers, and antennas. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ball Corporation, Ball Aerospace was cited in 2014 as the 88th largest defense contractor in the world. Parent and subsidiary headquarters are co-located in Broomfield, Colorado, with smaller offices in New Mexico, Ohio, Northern Virginia, Missouri, and Maryland.
- Barnes Group Inc. (B) – is a manufacturer of industrial and aerospace components. The company produces springs for airframes, electronics, machinery, stamping presses, and turbine engines in addition to providing repair and logistics support primarily on spare parts for the aerospace industry.
- The Boeing Company (BA) – Together with its subsidiaries is an aerospace company that operates in six principal segments: Commercial Airplanes, Aircraft and Weapon Systems, Network Systems, Support Systems and Launch and Orbital Systems (collectively, Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), and Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC).
- CGI Group Inc.(GIB) – delivers complex, mission critical space systems. Is a recognized leader in space security and space applications, military satellite communications ground segment, and serves civilian space agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as space and ground segment system companies. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (CW) – Engages in the design, manufacture, and overhauling of products for motion control and flow control applications. Also provides various metal treatment services.
- Ducommun, Inc. (DCO) – Ducommun Incorporated engages in the design, engineering, and manufacture of components and assemblies, specializing in two core areas: electronic systems and structural systems to produce complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military, and space programs.
- General Dynamics (GD) – Designs, develops, manufactures and supports technology products and services for information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat vehicles, armaments and ammunition’s; shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.
- General Electric (GE) – Conducts its businesses through 11 segments: Advanced Materials, Commercial Finance, Consumer Finance, Consumer and Industrial, Energy, Equipment and Other Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Insurance, NBC Universal and Transportation. Robust communications and connectivity are required for both undersea and outer space resource exploitation.
- Harris Corp (HRS) – Along with its subsidiaries is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications products, systems and services for government and commercial customers including end-to-end systems for global and regional situational awareness.
- Hexcel Corp. (HXL)is a materials company that manufactures composite materials and structural parts. Hexcel claims to be the largest US producer of carbon fiber; a weaver of structural fabrics; the largest producer of composite materials such as honeycomb (first to land on the moon), prep-reg, film adhesives and sandwich panels; and a manufacturer of composite parts and structures. Hexcel’s primary markets are aerospace, defense, wind energy and industrial markets including automotive, marine and recreation. In 1971, Hexcel was a manufacturer of alpine skis, and it presently supplies composite materials for ski and snowboard manufacture.
- Honeywell (HON) – Diversified technology and manufacturing company, serving customers worldwide. Offers aerospace products and services; control, sensing and security technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; specialty chemicals; fibers, and electronic and advanced materials.
- INDRA SISTEMAS (ISMAY) Spain based multinational providing business solutions, IT services and comprehensive systems worldwide. Vertical markets are Energy and Industry, Financial Services, Telecom & Media, Public Sector & Healthcare, Transport & Traffic and Security & Defense.
- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (JEC) Listed on the NYSE and headquartered in Dallas, TX, as an international technical professional services firm. NASA’s largest services-only contractor and also supports space systems for the U.S. DOD, including the Space Threat Assessment Test Bed (STAT), propulsion systems and aerodynamic testing for launch vehicles to deliver satellites and other payloads into space.
- KEYW (KEYW) – Through its subsidiaries, provides signal, image, and information processing solutions primarily for the U.S. Government intelligence and defense customers. Acquiring Sotera Defense Solutions facilitates serving FBI and DHS customers, and Army Intelligence.
- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (KTOS) – Provides defense, information technology, information assurance and security products for the U.S. federal government, commercial enterprises and state and local agencies.
- Lockheed Martin (LMT) – Principally researches, designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and supports advanced technology systems, products and services.
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHVYF) Other OTC, (TYO 7011) Tokyo Stock Exchange – Products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, ships, and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities it is the world’s 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues, and the largest based in Japan.
- Moog Inc. (MOG-A) – Worldwide designer and manufacturer of precision motion and fluid controls and control systems. Operates in four principal business segments: aircraft controls, space and defense controls, industrial controls and components.
- Northrop Grumman (NOC) – Provides products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding, information technology, mission systems, systems integration and space technology.
- Oceaneering (OII) – Space Systems division concentrates on developing, integrating, and applying both new and established technologies to the challenges of operations in space and other harsh environments.
- ORBCOMM Inc. (ORBC) – A leading provider of global satellite and cellular data communications solutions for asset tracking, management, and remote control. Maintains a global low-Earth-orbit satellite network, including global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IOT) communication solutions that remotely track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets.
- Orbit International (ORBT) – Orbit International Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of electronic components and subsystems for military and nonmilitary government applications in the United States.
- Orbital ATK (OA) – Designs, develops, manufactures and operates small space and rocket systems for the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and other United States government agencies and for global commercial and scientific customers. It was formed in 2015 from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corporation and parts of Alliant Techsystems.
- Raytheon (RTN) – Engaged in the defense and government electronics, space, information technology (IT), technical services and business and special mission aircraft industry.
- SAFRAN SA (SAFRY)– Manufacturer of solid rocket motors (SRM) for launch vehicles and missiles. The company also makes thermo-structural and organic composite materials for the aerospace, defense, automobile and manufacturing industries. Herakles designs, develops, manufactures and sells solid rocket motors, energetic materials and equipment, as well as pyrotechnic components developing composite solutions for the hot sections of tomorrow’s engines, including ceramic matrix composite (CMC), turbine parts (blades, guide vanes), and nozzle parts. Subsidiary Snecma – designs, develops, produces and sells engines for commercial and military aircraft, launch vehicles and satellites. A prime contractor for the cryogenic propulsion systems on Europe’s current Ariane 5 and upcoming Ariane 6 launchers, with the HM7B, Vulcain® and Vinci® engines. These operations will be consolidated within Airbus Safran Launchers, the 50/50 joint company recently created by Safran and Airbus Group (lien vers communiqué). Snecma is also the European leader in plasma propulsion systems for satellites, with the current PPS®1350-G thruster, and the PPS®1350-E and PPS®5000 under development.
- Teledyne Technologies, Inc. (TDY) – Provides electronic components, instruments, and communications products. It operates in four segments: Electronics and Communications, Systems Engineering Solutions, Aerospace Engines and Components, and Energy.
- TransDigm Group Inc. (TDG) – Designs, produces, and supplies engineered aircraft components for use on commercial and military aircraft principally in the United States.
- United Technologies ((UTX) – Provides high-technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.
List of Top 100 NASA Contractors On-Site at Facilities
Source: Space Settlement Institute