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Space SPAC Index: SatixFy Plunges 68% on Stock Sale,’s Big Contract, AST SpaceMobile Signs MOU with Brazilian Telecom, BlackSky JV Appoints New CEO

By Doug Messier
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January 24, 2023
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Space SPAC Index: SatixFy Plunges 68% on Stock Sale,’s Big Contract, AST SpaceMobile Signs MOU with Brazilian Telecom, BlackSky JV Appoints New CEO
AST SpaceMobile employees pose with deployed antenna of the BlueWalker 3 satellite.

Welcome to S-SPACi.

Shares of SatixFy Communications (NYS: SATX) plunged by $4.94 (68.3 percent) to $2.29 on Tuesday following the announcement that the Israeli satellite communications equipment manufacturer is looking to sell up to 28.4 million shares and $1 million in redeemable warrants.

Shareholders were apparently concerned over the large number of shares that could be sold.

SatixFy went public in October after merging with Endurance Acquisition Corp. The stock debuted at $8.29 on Oct. 28, and it hit a high of $51.70 on Nov. 17.

Space SPAC Index
Jan. 24, 2023

CompanyFirst Trading DayOpening Share PriceHighCurrent Price
Arqit (NAS: ARQQ)
Sept. 7, 2021$9.25$41.52 (9/23/21) $2.41
Astra Space (NAS: ASTR)July 1, 2021$12.30$16.95 (7/2/21)$0.62
AST SpaceMobile (NAS: ASTS)April 7, 2021$11.63$15.48 (6/30/21)$5.17 (NYS: BBAI)Dec. 8, 2021$9.84$16.12 (4/6/22)$2.05
BlackSky (NYS: BKSY)Sept. 10, 2021$11.80$13.20 (9/16/21)$1.73
Momentus (NAS: MNTS)Aug. 13, 2021$10.8512.87 (9/7/21)$0.92
Planet Labs (NYS: PL)Dec. 8, 2021$11.25$11.65 (12/8/21)$4.76
Redwire (NYS: RDW)Sept. 3, 2021$10.70$16.98 (10/25/21)$2.45
Rocket Lab (NAS: RKLB)
Aug. 25, 2021$11.58$21.34 (9/9/21) $4.97
Satellogic (NAS: SATL)Jan. 26, 2022$9.19$10.92 (5/4/22) $3.30
SatixFy (NYS: SATX)Oct. 28, 2022$8.29$51.70
Spire (NYS: SPIR)Aug. 17, 2021$10.25 $19.50 (9/22/21)$1.12
Terran Orbital (NYS: LLAP)March 28, 2022$12.69$12.69 (3/28/22) $1.90
Virgin Galactic (NYS: SPCE)Oct. 28, 2019$11.79$62.80 (2/4/21)$5.32
Virgin Orbit (NAS: VORB)Dec. 30, 2021$8.525$11.28 (1/11/22)$1.79
Stock Price Source: Yahoo Finance Big USAF Contract

Data analytics company (NYS: BBAI) has been awarded a $900 million, multi-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with the U.S. Air Force.

The contract, awarded to its Federal subsidiary, allows the company to compete for task orders to delivery capabilities, systems and synthetic environments to the U.S. Air Force. can also compete for task orders supporting the research and development of new technologies, creation of rapid prototypes, capability testing, and solution implementation.

The contract, which was announced earlier this month, has helped raised the company’s stock price, which closed at $2.05 on Tuesday. The stock was trading at $0.72 on Dec. 27. had received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange warning the stock could be delisted if the company couldn’t raise the price to $1.

AST SpaceMobile, TIM Agreement

TIM Brasil has signed a memorandum of understand that will allow the Brazilian telecommunications company to test AST SpaceMobile’s (NAS: ASTS) satellite system to deliver 4G data and voice services directly to cell phones.

“TIM, the only operator to serve all municipalities in Brazil with mobile coverage, reinforces its commitment to expand its coverage area and improve the quality of communication so that customers can enjoy data and voice services anywhere in the country. The agreement with AST SpaceMobile complements important ongoing initiatives to promote more digital inclusion, as it will allow TIM to take 4G to isolated areas, districts, villages, roads, resorts and tourist spots that today are not served by other operators,” said Marco Di Costanzo, Director of Network Development at TIM Brasil.

TIM plans to conduct the first tests of AST SpaceMobile’s service in the north and northeast regions of Brazil during the first half of 2023. TIM has Brazil’s largest mobile coverage and 4G presence. The company is leading the rollout of 5G service in the nation.

AST SpaceMobile launched its first test satellite, BlueWalker 3, in September. The company plan is to launch 168 satellites to provide service across the globe.

LeoStella Appoints New CEO

Satellite manufacturer LeoStella, which is a 50-50 venture of BlackSky (NYS: BKSY) and Thales Alenia Space, has appointed Tim Kienberger as CEO. He replaces Mike Hettich, who retired after serving as CEO since 2019.

Kienberger has three decades of aerospace and defense technology experience, including stints at L3Harris and Boeing.

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