A technology shift is simplifying access to space, shrinking the cost of reaching the stars. VanEck’s Space ETF tracks the progress of the innovative companies developing tomorrow’s equipment, disrupting established operators, shaping the commercial space age.
With the expense of satellite launchers and satellites falling fast, it’s estimated that space could be a $1 trillion industry by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley Research. That’s up about three times from $350 billion today (see chart).1 It's now possible to access this growing industry through VanEck's Space ETF.
The Global Space Economy ($t)
1 Source: Haver Analytics Forecast.
As rockets become reusable and satellites smaller, investors are backing businesses made viable by falling costs. This comes at a time when demand for satellite-based internet data is soaring, other applications like space tourism are emerging and governments are keen to explore deep space. Venture capital investors, especially, are flocking in.
SpaceX has pioneered reusable rockets although other competitors are emerging. The SpaceX Falcon 9 has slashed the expense of a satellite launch by a third to $5,000 a kilogram.2 And the new Starship mega rocket could deflate it still further to $1,000 or even $500 according to forecasts.
2 FT.com. SpaceX: How Elon Musk’s new rocket could transform the space race. 12 October 2021.
Commercial ventures are drawing record levels of funding. Total venture capital investment increased by 95% to $8.7bn in the 12 months to the end of March 2021, according to the Seraphim SpaceTech Index, a quarterly tracker of funding deals in the sector. These increasing funding activities make the sector represented by the Space ETF particularly promising.
While the US hosts many entrepreneurial space companies, there are at least 160 Chinese commercial space organizations, many of them private. Their satellites aren’t just transmitting telecommunications but also adding bandwidth to the internet and monitoring greenhouse gases.
Public-sector interest in space is growing with, for instance, the advent of the US Space Command in 20193. This is leading to further commercial opportunities. VanEck's Space ETF thus allows an investment in a promising field for the years to come.3 Department of Defense establishes US Space Command. 29 Aug 2019.
Because all or a portion of the Fund are being invested in securities denominated in foreign currencies, a Space ETF’s exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the value of foreign currencies versus the base currency may result in reduced returns for the Fund, and the value of certain foreign currencies may be subject to a high degree of fluctuation. This is one of the factors to take into account when considering a Space ETF.
Investments in emerging market countries are subject to specific risks and securities are generally less liquid and less efficient and securities markets may be less well regulated. Specific risks may be heightened by currency fluctuations and exchange control; imposition of restrictions on the repatriation of funds or other assets; governmental interference; higher inflation; social, economic and political uncertainties. That is another factor to take into account when planning an investment in a Space ETF.
A Space ETF’s assets may be concentrated in one or more particular sectors or industries. The Fund may be subject to the risk that economic, political or other conditions that have a negative effect on the relevant sectors or industries will negatively impact the Fund's performance to a greater extent than if the Fund’s assets were invested in a wider variety of sectors or industries. This is a further risk factor to consider when investing in a Space ETF.
For more information on risks, please see the “Risk Factors” section of the relevant Fund’s prospectus, available on www.vaneck.com.