NewSpace ESG

Toward a Sustainable Future

The advent of the NewSpace economy brings with it hope, opportunity, and a host of unforeseen challenges. A new generation of entrepreneurs is poised to extend humanity’s horizons to other worlds while protecting Earth at the same time.

The environmental, social, and governance (ESG) guidelines and metrics that have come to influence corporations and investors will, and should, play a role in the NewSpace economy. ESG needs to be defined for NewSpace, reflecting the unique environments, technologies, and challenges we will confront. Some terrestrial guidelines will surely be applicable, but far more will likely not be.

Ag-Tech

Sustainable food sources are a critical priority for any long-term space missions or settlements and the solutions developed there have applications here. Through our partnership with the United Arab Emirates and our Bishop Airlock on the ISS, Voyager is working to develop hardened seed species for utilization in Earth’s harshest environments. Applied to desert agriculture to address pressing environmental and food security challenges, this technology will also benefit long-term human space exploration.A

pplied to desert agriculture
to address pressing environmental and food security challenges, this technology will
also benefit long-term human space exploration

The team at Voyager is driving innovation and research to sustain and support regional food security on Earth. The Ag-Tech market is an important part of helping less fertile agricultural regions, as well as creating a sustainable environment for the future.

The environmental, social, and governance (ESG) guidelines and metrics that have come to influence corporations and investors will, and should, play a role in the NewSpace economy. ESG needs to be defined for NewSpace, reflecting the unique environments, technologies, and challenges we will confront. Some terrestrial guidelines will surely be applicable, but far more will likely not be.

Ed-Tech

STEM education, workforce development, and engaging educators & students are paramount for a sustainable space economy. Voyager-owned DreamUp is the first company bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space. 

DreamUp is the leader in space-based educational offerings and has a proven track record with more than 500 student research payloads from around the world launched on SpaceX and Northrop Grumman rockets to the International Space Station. Students can send experiments to the ISS, acquire DreamKits to replicate those experiments on Earth, and use DreamCoder to write code and design experiments for space.

As an industry, we must follow the established, rigorous process in place for defining those metrics and guidelines. And it is a process, not an event. It will evolve in parallel with the maturation of NewSpace as we push outward from Earth. We support our partners at the World Economic Forum in their efforts to advance the ESG agenda globally.

Voyager Space will lend its voice and resources to furthering this effort, seeking to illustrate how the diverse businesses in our orbit are contributing to a sustainable future. Some may not yet see the connection between NewSpace and ESG. We do and we offer three timely examples here of Voyager’s commitment to NewSpace ESG in motion.

Debris Removal

The mitigation and removal of space junk will be a limiting factor to the growth of orbital operations for all countries. The nearly 1 million pieces of orbital debris is a matter of grave concern for commercial, civilian, and military space operators the world over. 

Across the Voyager enterprise a number of capabilities exist and are in development, including repurposing upper stages into space stations, relocating or de-orbiting debris, and harvesting valuable metals and other materials.

Voyager Space will lend its voice and resources to furthering this effort, seeking to illustrate how the diverse businesses in our orbit are contributing to a sustainable future. Some may not yet see the connection between NewSpace and ESG. We do and we offer three timely examples here of Voyager’s commitment to NewSpace ESG in motion.