Advances in space technologies were largely invisible to the public equity markets until July 2019, when Virgin Galactic announced its intent to go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). Since then, seven space-related technology companies have announced SPAC transactions to take them public in 2021 (with more on the way). Does this represent a tipping point for the new space economy, or is this trend a flash in the pan?

In “SPACs in Space: A New Frontier for Investment,” thought-leading analysts, investors, and space companies will provide a unique perspective. Rather than focusing on the SPAC vehicle itself, this event will explore the trends and developments in the space technology ecosystem that have “suddenly” made space an investable ecosystem — and the longer-term implications for a range of interested stakeholders.

Expert Insights:
Chris Quilty, Partner, Quilty Analytics
Guillermo Söhnlein, Advisor, New Vista Acquisition Corp.

Host and Moderator:
Jeff Foust, Senior Staff Writer, SpaceNews
Jason Rainbow, Senior Staff Writer, SpaceNews


Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO, AST Space Mobile
Chris Kemp, CEO, Astra
Brian O’Toole, CEO, BlackSky
Peter Beck, CEO, Rocket Lab
Peter Platzer, CEO, Spire
Tess Hatch, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners