An illustration of the SpaceMobile satellite tv for pc constellation.
Shares of satellite-to-smartphone broadband firm AST SpaceMobile started trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, with the firm the first amongst a flurry of latest space corporations to shut its SPAC deal.
AST SpaceMobile trades below the ticker ASTS, with shares beforehand listed below the SPAC New Providence earlier than the merger.
A SPAC—or particular objective acquisition firm—is a shell firm that is designed to lift cash via an preliminary public providing for the objective of buying a non-public agency and taking it public.
The stock closed up 1.8% on Wednesday at $11.81 a share, having climbed as a lot as 7% in noon trading.
AST’s company headquarters and high-volume manufacturing facility in Midland, Texas
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AST SpaceMobile, based mostly in Midland, Texas, is constructing a community of satellites, additionally recognized as a constellation, that’s designed to ship broadband from space on to client smartphones.
Existing satellite tv for pc networks require extra bodily gadgets to hook up with the service, such as Iridium’s cell satellite tv for pc telephones or SpaceX’s Starlink consumer terminals. The satellite tv for pc communications market has turn out to be more and more crowded, nonetheless, with new companies from the likes of OneWeb, Telesat, and Lockheed Martin’s latest partnership with space-based 5G startup Omnispace.
“We don’t see the other satellite [low Earth Orbit] constellations like Starlink as a competitor. Actually, we think that is a great thing they are happening, as they lower the cost of launch and they make space more affordable, basically, to the masses,” AST chairman and CEO Abel Avellan informed CNBC’s Morgan Brennan on Wednesday.
The firm, which raised about $120 million in personal capital earlier than the SPAC deal, expects so as to add about $462 million in complete proceeds from the merger. The new capital will fund the firm’s improvement of its community, with AST planning to launch its subsequent demonstration satellite tv for pc BlueWalker three later this 12 months. Avellan stated AST expects to “soon” announce launch contracts with a number of rocket corporations to ship its satellites to orbit.
“It’s a long term opportunity … but it’s a very very large opportunity in a very large addressable market,” Avellan stated.
The shut of AST’s deal comes as the first amongst a latest sequence of space SPACs. Including AST, seven space corporations have introduced SPAC mergers in the previous six months.