300 of the most prominent space organizations listed on Wikipedia

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Although Wikipedia is often guilty of passing on misinformation and publishing out-of-date factoids, the online encyclopedia is still the second choice (after Google) for countless people in need of information about a subect, person or organization. With this in mind, and the fact that I keep a large list of handy wiki article addresses at hand for research purposes, below is a collection of space industry related organizations that keep cropping up during research.

Many of the space related brands listed below belong to multiple categories, so I have added them only to the one they appear in first and note that some of the information about the below organizations (alive or now dead) may be out of date.

Commercial space businesses

  • Armadillo Aerospace
    – United States – to build a manned suborbital spacecraft that can support space tourism.
  • Bigelow Aerospace
    – United States – to manufacture and develop inflatable modules for the space station.
  • Blue Origin
    – develop technologies that will lower the cost of accessing the space by private humans.
  • Airbus D&S
    – France – to develop defense and aerospace products and services.
  • Deep Space Industries
    – United States – to develop spacecraft technologies needed to mine asteroids.
  • Golden Spike Company
    – United States – to offer private space transportation services to the moon’s surface
  • Mojave Aerospace Ventures
    – United States – founded to own intellectual property and involved in the development of spacecrafts.
  • NanoRacks
    – United States – to develop products and services for the commercial utilization of the space.
  • Orbital ATK
    – United States – to develop spacecrafts that help to deliver cargo to the international space station.
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation
    – United States – to design, manufacture, and launch small and medium-sized rockets and space systemss
  • RocketShip Tours
    – United States – provide suborbital human spaceflight services to the public.
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
    – United States – to develop micro-satellites and commercial orbital transportation vehicles.
  • Space Adventures
    – United States – space tourism offering orbital spaceflight, atmospheric flights, and other experiences.
  • The Spaceship Company
    – United States – to manufacture spacecrafts and other space technologies.
  • SpaceX
    – United States – to manufacture aerospace products and offer space transportation services.
  • United Launch Alliance
    – United States – to provide spacecraft launch services for the United States space program.
  • Virgin Galactic
    – United States – to develop commercial spacecrafts with the goal of offering suborbital spaceflights.
  • XCOR Aerospace
    – United States – to develop spacecrafts and offer suborbital spaceflight services to the public.
  • Moon_Express
    – United States – to mine the surface of the moon for natural resources.
  • Masten Space Systems
    – to develop space rockets for unmanned research of suborbital spaceflights.
  • Scaled Composites
    – United States – to design and develop prototypes for aircrafts and space vehicles.
  • Made In Space, Inc.
    – United States – to manufacture 3D printers to be used in the space.
  • Ad Astra Rocket Company
    – United States – to develop advanced plasma rocket propulsion technology used to launch space vehicles.
  • AirLaunch
    – United States – to provide space launch services for launching payloads into space.
  • American Satellite Corporation
    – United States – to help make advancements in the field of satellite broadcasting.
  • ARCA Space Corporation
    – United States – to design and develop manned, and unmanned spacecrafts used in space exploration.
  • Astrobotic Technology
    – United States – to develop space robotics technology that is used in planetary missions.
  • Astronaute Club Européen
    – France – to promote space tourism and suborbital spaceflight services
  • BlastOff! Corporation
    – United States – a private spaceflight company founded to offer entertaining space missions.
  • Canadian Arrow
    – Canada – to take civilians into space using a vertical suborbital flight.
  • Celestis
    – United States – launching of cremated human remains into space for burial (“space burial”).
  • Constellation Services International
    – international – a space tourism company with plans to send people to the international space station.
  • Copenhagen Suborbitals
    – Denmark – a crowd funded space program that launches home-made rockets and space capsules into space.
  • Da Vinci Project
    – Canada- to launch reusable manned suborbital spacecrafts into space.
  • DreamUp
    – United States – to develop products that are used in the commercial utilization of space.
  • Excalibur Almaz
    – United Kingdom – to provide manned exploration missions with crews to the deep space.
  • Firefly Space Systems
    – United States – to develop small and medium launch vehicles for launching payloads into space.
  • Galactic Suite Design
    – Spain – to develop a private space station to be used for space tourism services.
  • Gateway Galactic
    – United States – to develop an orbital propellant depot and help in reducing the cost of commercial spaceflight.
  • Generation Orbit Launch Services
    – United States – to develop a nanosatellite launch system using the air launch to orbit technique.
  • Interorbital Systems
    – United States – to develop simple launch technology that will lower the cost of services in the space industry.
  • Launch Services Program
    – United States – to provide quality and mission assurance services for NASA when launching payloads into space.
  • LunaCorp
    – to launch a rover to the surface of the moon that would be driven by commercial customers.
  • MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
    – International – to develop satellites and other technologies that are used on space crafts and the ISS.
  • Masten Space Systems
    – United States – to develop vertical takeoff and vertical landing rockets to be used in unmanned spaceflights.
  • MirCorp
    – Russia – was to explore the space by using the Russian space station Mir.
  • Mojave Aerospace Ventures
    – United States – founded to handle the commercial businesses resulting from Tier One projects.
  • Odyssey Moon
    – United States – another company formed to win the Google Luna X competition.
  • Odyssey Space Research
    – United States – to provide research and analysis services for space-related engineering activities.
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation
    – United States – to manufacture small and medium-class space and rocket systems.
  • OTRAG
    – Germany – to design an alternative propulsion system for rockets. To develop and produce space launch vehicles
  • Penn State Lunar Lion Team
    – United State – to develop, launch, and land a private spacecraft on the surface of the moon.
  • Pioneer Rocketplane
    – United States – to offer affordable spaceflight services.
  • Planet Labs
    – United States – to develop CubeSat miniature satellites that are launched into space during other space missions.
  • Planetary Resources
    – United States – to expand natural resources of Earth through the development of asteroid mining technology.
  • PlanetSpace
    – United States – to provide cargo and crew space flights to the international space station.
  • PLD Space
    – Spain – to develop low-cost launch vehicles.
  • Puli Space Technologies
    – Hungary – established to take part in the Google Lunar X prize.
  • Quicklaunch
    – United States – launching of payloads into the low Earth orbit using a space gun.
  • Rocket Lab
    – United States – to develop lightweight launch vehicles for launching smaller payloads into space.
  • Rocketplane Kistler
    – United States – to develop cargo and crew launch services for NASA space program.
  • Rocketplane Limited, Inc.
    – United States – to develop space crafts to be used for commercial space flights.
  • RocketShip Tours
    – United States – a space tourism company founded to offer sub-orbital human space flights.
  • Rotary Rocket
    – United States – to reduce the cost of launching payloads into space by designing reusable space vehicles.
  • Shackleton Energy Company
    – United States – to design and develop the necessary technology to be used in mining the surface of the moon.
  • Space Propulsion Group
    – United States – to develop hybrid rocket fuel and motors to be used in spacecrafts.
  • Space Services Inc.
    – United States – offers space burial services by launching cremated remains of humans into space.
  • SpaceDev
    – United States – to design and develop propulsion products, space components, and small spacecrafts.
  • SpaceMETA
    – Brazil – founded to help advance the exploration of space through the Google Lunar X Prize competition.
  • Starstruck
    – United States – to develop aircraft and spacecraft, including a suborbital launch system for human space flights.
  • Stratolaunch Systems
    – United States – to develop a new air launch to orbit system to be used in launching space transportation vehicles.
  • Swiss Space Systems
    – Switzerland – to provide orbital launch services for manned suborbital space flights and miniaturized satellites.
  • T/Space
    – United States – Commercial orbital transportation services for transporting crew and cargo to the ISS.
  • TransOrbital
    – United States – to explore, launch space vehicles, and land on the surface of the moon.
  • UP Aerospace
    – United States – a private spaceflight company that offers low-cost access to space and payload transportation.
  • Vulcan Aerospace
    – United States – to help make commercial space transportation more affordable and convenient.

Satellite platform launch companies

  • Airbus Defence and Space
    – International – to develop and manufacture defense and aerospace products.
  • Boeing Defense, Space & Security
    – United States – a commercial launch service provider and satellite manufacturing firm.
  • JSC Information Satellite Systems
    – Russia – a satellite manufacturing company with over 27 systems and over one thousand satellites in space.
  • Lockheed Martin
    – United States – development of commercial and military satellites and space probes.
  • Orbital ATK
    – a commercial aerospace company with commercial, military and scientific satellites in space.
  • Space Systems/Loral
    – United States – develops space and satellite systems for commercial customers and the government.
  • Thales Alenia Space
    – France – satellites manufacturing and transportation of cargo to the International Space Station.
  • AeroAstro, Inc.
    – United States – development of satellite systems, aerospace components, and space payload technologies.
  • Amsat
    – United States – to design, build, launch, and operate satellites with amateur radio payloads.
  • INVAP
    – Argentina – supply of space technologies including satellites, payloads and ground stations to NASA.
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp..
    – United States – manufactures spacecraft components and civilian and commercial space applications.
  • British Aerospace
    – United Kingdom – development of space hardware, including Orbital Test and Skynet Sattelites.
  • CBERS
    – International – a program between China and Brazil for the operation of earth observation satellites.
  • Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio
    – Italy – to design and manufacture space systems, including medium-sized satellites.
  • Clyde Space
    – United Kingdom – to design and product CubeSat and small-szed satellites.
  • Fairchild Space and Electronics Division
    – United States – aerospace manufacture that develops spacecraft systems.
  • Fokker Space & Systems
    – Netherlands – to design and develop space and satellite systems.
  • GAUSS Srl
    – Italy – development of small sats, PockeQubes, and Cubesats and a launch platform for third party satellites.
  • General Electric
    – United States – to develop electronics and systems for aerospace and military industries.
  • GomSpace
    – Denmark – development and operation of third-generation CubeSat systems.
  • Hawker Siddeley
    – United Kingdom – development of space systems, including the Miranda satellite.
  • Dhruva Space
    – India – to design and manufacture small and miniature satellite systems.
  • Hughes Aircraft
    – United States – aerospace and defence contractor developing aerospace, space, and satellite systems.
  • IHI Corporation
    – Japan – manufacture of space launch vehicles that are used to launch payloads such as satellites into space.
  • NPO Lavochkin
    – Russia – development and manufacture of Fregat, a launching platform that is used to inject payloads into space.
  • MicroSat Systems. inc.
    – Canada – to design and build micro satellites, spacecraft systems and aerospace components for all sectors.
  • Millennium Space Systems
    – United States – to develop and launch high-performance satellites and space systems.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    – Japan – production of launch vehicles and rockets that are used to launch payloads into the space.
  • Northrop Grumman Space Technology
    – United States – develops aerospace systems and satellites for government, civilian, and commercial clients.
  • NanoAvionics
    – Lithuania – to develop and launch CubeSats satellite systems.
  • OHB
    – International – various projects such as satellite systems, manned space flights, and reconnaissance technologies.
  • Pumpkin, Inc.
    – United States – to develop, and supply nanosatellite components and CubeSates to commercial organizations.
  • Philco Ford
    – United Staes – design and development of space systems and satellites for the space industry.
  • QinetiQ Space N.V.
    – United States – to design, develop, and launch of satellites into space using their launch platforms.
  • RCA Astro
    – United States – to manufacture satellites and satellite systems.
  • Rockwell
    – United States – Design, development, and launch of satellites and space systems.
  • RKK Energia
    – Russia – owns Sea Laucnh, a maritime launch platform that helps to launch various payloads into space.
  • SPAR Aerospace
    – Canadian – to develop and produce equipment and technology to be used by the Canadian Space Agency.
  • SNC Space Systems
    – United States – involved in the development of micro and nano- satellites and small expendable launch vehicles.
  • SpaceQuest, Ltd
    – United States – develops satellite components, micro-satellite systems, and ground stations.
  • Spectrum Astro
    – United States – involved in the development of launch vehicles that provide launching platforms for payloads.
  • Sun Space and Information Systems (Pty) Ltd
    – South Africa – develops small and medium-sized satellites for the aerospace market.
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    – United Kingdom – design, building, operating, and launching of small satellites.
  • Swales Aerospace
    – United States – providing thermal solutions for spaceflight applications. It is also a small satellite mission provider.
  • TRANSPACE
    – India – development of product and services used in the research and development of the space.
  • Turkish Aerospace Industries
    – Turkey – design, development, and launching of communication and earth observation satellites.
  • TRW
    – United States – involved in space exploration, space observations, and the design of satellite systems.
  • TsSKB-Progress
    – Russia – development of Soyuz-FG and Soyuz-U rockets that are used for launching unmanned probes into space.
  • Yuzhnoye Design Bureau
    – Ukraine – to design satellites, rocket systems, and orbital launch vehicles.

Space component manufacturers

  • Arianespace
    – France – manufacturing of launch vehicles. It is also one of the premier commercial launch service providers.
  • ISRO
    – India – to design and develop space technologies, launch vehicles, and satellite systems.
  • COSMOS International
    – Russia – to manufacture satellites and rocket systems.
  • Eurockot Launch Services
    – Germany – a launch services provider that manufactures spacecraft launch vehicles.
  • International Launch Services
    – United States – joint American-Russian venture to manufacture and provide proton rocket systems.
  • Iranian Space Agency
    – Iran – to manufacture satellites and satellite launch vehicles.
  • ISC Kosmotras
    – Russia – a commercial space flight company that develops and operates a commercial expendable launch system.
  • Rocket Crafters Inc
    – United States – to manufacture high-performance rocket engines.
  • Sea Launch
    – International – a launch service to launch commercial space payloads using a mobile maritime launcher.
  • Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau
    – Russia – to design and manufacture rocket systems and ballistic missiles.
  • NPO Mashinostroyeniya
    – Russia – involved in the development of air, space launched orbital vehicles, and manned spacecrafts.
  • Starsem
    – Internaitonal – a joint European-Russian space company to commercialize the Soyuz launcher.
  • United Start Launch
    – Russia – to manage the Start-1 program, a Russian satellite launch vehicle.
  • Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH
    – Gernmany – an aerospace company that manufactures components to be used in space systems.
  • AST Advanced Space Technologies GmbH
    – Germany – to develop and manufacture fluid control components for space applications.
  • DSI GmbH
    – to develop and manufacture hardware, firmware, and software to be used in space applications.
  • Dynetics
    – United States – manufacture of satellites and engines for the military, intelligence agencies and space programs.
  • American Technology Consortium
    – United States – to manufacture aerospace products for space applications.
  • Tethers Unlimited,Inc.
    – United States – to manufacture small-sized satellites, CubeSats, and propulsion systems.
  • RUAG Space
    – Switzerland – to develop and manufacture subsystems and components for satellites and launch vehicles.
  • Andrews Space
    – United States – to develop and manufacture spacecrafts, reusable vehicles, and aerospace components.
  • Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
    – Norway – to develop, manufacture, and supply satellites and spacecraft components.
  • Production Corporation Polyot
    – Russian – manufacturing of the popular GLONASS satellites and space launch vehicle systems.
  • Rocketstar Robotics Inc
    – United States – to manufacture robotics, gearboxes, motors and components used in space systems.
  • Thortek Laboratories, Inc.
    – United States – to manufacture aerospace and defense products for civilian, government and commercial.
  • Starsys
    – United States – to build components for hybrid rocket motors.
  • Moog-ISP
    – United States – to manufacture rocket engines and propulsion systems for spacecrafts and launch vehicles.
  • Busek
    – United States – to manufacture thrusters and other components for use in launch vehicles.
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
    – United States – to manufacture propulsion systems for use in rockets and space vehicles.
  • American Rocket Company
    – United States – to develop motors for hybrid rocket systems.
  • CU Aerospace
    – United States – to develop propulsion systems for CubeSats and small satellites.
  • Frontier Astronautics
    – United States – to manufacture propulsion systems for launch vehicles and spacecrafts.
  • AE Aerospace
    – United Kingdom – to manufacture and supply precision machine components for the aerospace industry.
  • Ad Astra Rocket Company
    – United States – to develop rocket propulsion technology to be used in rocket and space systems.
  • Reaction Engines Ltd.
    – United Kingdom – to manufacture spacecrafts and spacecrafts components for the space industry.
  • SpaceDev
    – United States – to manufacture hybrid rocket motors for suborbital space vehicles.
  • Snecma
    – France – manufacture of engine for use on aircrafts, launch vehicles, and satellites.
  • NPO Energomash
    – Russia – rocket engine manufacturer of liquid propellant rocket engines for use on launch vehicles.
  • KBKhA
    – Russia – to manufacture rocket engines and nuclear reactors for use in space.
  • KBKhM
    – Russia – to manufacture liquid rocket engines for use in ballistic missile submarines and space vehicles.
  • NIIMash
    – Russia – to design and manufacture small thrusters that are used in space applications.
  • Keldysh Research Center
    – Russia – a research center that is currently developing a nuclear reactor that will be used in space.
  • Voronezh Mechanical Plant
    – Russia – to design engine and engine components that are used in space applications.
  • Yuzhnoye Design Office
    – Russia – to design and manufacture rocket engines and orbital launch vehicles.

Miscellaneous space organizations

Space advocacy organizations

  • American Astronautical Society
    – United States – an independent space advocacy group that helps to advance space science and exploration.
  • Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies
    –Sri Lanka – to conduct research in, among others, the field of space technologies and robotics.
  • British Interplanetary Society
    – United Kingdom – to support astronautics and the exploration of space.
  • California Space Authority
    – United States – to represent the interest of the state of California in the space industry.
  • Canadian Space Society
    – Canada – to encourage the development of the Canadian space industry through public outreach projects.
  • Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy
    – United States – to influence the United States space program
  • Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
    – United States – advocating for continued government funding in space exploration activities.
  • CollectSPACE
    – United States – to publish information about space events, as well as provide space enthusiasts with resources.
  • Florida Space Institute
    – United States – to provide research information and education services for the space industry.
  • Initiative for Interstellar Studies
    – United Kingdom – to conduct research on the problems facing human interstellar travel.
  • L5 Society
    – United States – to support the colonization of space, thus allowing for permanent human settlement in space.
  • Lunar Explorers Society
    – United States – to promote the realization of permanent human settlement on the surface of the moon.
  • British Interplanetary Society
    – United Kingdom – to support and promote astronautics and space exploration
  • American Astronautical Society
    – United States – dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration
  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
    –  United States – to promote space exploration and development through educational and engineering projects
  • Space Frontier Foundation
    – United States – to promote large-scale settlement of the inner Solar System, under strong free market capitalism.
  • California Space Authority
    – United States – “to foster the development of specified activities in California related to space flight.”
  • Space Exploration Alliance
    – United States – An alliance of major non-profit space organizations.
  • Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
    – United States – “aerospace industry companies that are collaborating to advance the cause of space exploration.”
  • SpacePAC
    – United States – Political action committee committed to electing pro-space candidates to office.
  • Alliance for Space Development
    – United States – An alliance of major non-profit space organizations.
  • Mars Society
    – United States – to promote the exploration of Mars and the permanent settlement of humans on the planet.
  • Moon Society
    – United States – to promote research, exploration, and permanent settlement on the surface of the moon.
  • National Space Club
    – United States – to facilitate the exchange of information about astronautics between experts and the public.
  • National Space Institute
    – United States – a space advocacy group that campaigns for continued public support of the space program.
  • National Space Society
    –United States – supports the use of manned and unmanned space missions by private and public space agencies.
  • ProSpace
    – United States – advocates for the opening up of the space frontier to all individuals.
  • San Diego Space Society
    – United States – to promote space education among the young people in local schools and events.
  • Society for Studies of Interplanetary Travel
    – Russia – to discuss about space travel developments and arrange public educational events to raise awareness.
  • Space Access Society
    – United States – to reduce the cost of commercial space travel and increase its viability.
  • Space Exploration Alliance
    – United States to support human space exploration activities of the frontier beyond the low earth orbit.
  • Space Fellowship
    – International – a space news network that focuses on the development of the space industry.
  • Space Frontier Foundation
    – United States – to promote the increased involvement of the private sector in space exploration and development.
  • Space Innovation and Growth Team
    – United Kingdom – to define a vision and a strategy for the growth of the UK space industry.
  • Space Pioneer Awards
    – International – a space awards programs for recognizing individuals who have helped open the space frontier.
  • Space Studies Institute
    – United States – to research low cost space access and reusable propulsion systems.
  • SpaceOps
    – International – to promote and maintain safe operation of space missions.
  • SpaceUp
    – International – to discuss the latest news in the space industry and to increase the awareness.
  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
    – International – to promote the exploration and development of the space frontier by using educational projects.
  • Young Astronaut Council
    – United States – to promote interest in Maths, Science, Engineering, and Technology by using space as a theme.
  • The Space Show
    – United States – Internet radio talk show, by Dr. David Livingston, about space commerce and exploration
  • Space.com
    – United States – space and astronomy news website with stories syndicated to CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo!, and USA Today.
  • TMRO
    – United States – formerly known as Spacevidcast, a live weekly HD webcast by a husband and wife team
  • World Space Week
    – International – a celebration of science and technology for the betterment of the human condition
  • Yuri’s Night
    – International – a celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration.

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