Research

Payload Research: The Space Cybersecurity Landscape and Zero Trust Protocols

Society’s demand for space-based data has fueled growth in the space industry, with 10,000+ satellites in orbit. On top of all that hardware grows an even faster network of interconnected data, software, and mesh networks, working in concert with other connected devices to converse and compute.  The data exchange in space presents a near-infinite number […]

Pathfinder

Pathfinder #0021, with Ryan Duffy (Opposite Day Edition)

Today is Opposite Day at Pathfinder. Rather than interview someone, Ryan himself is sitting down in the hot seat to take an hour’s worth of questions. Our guest host is cofounder Mo Islam. Though he’s Ryan’s coworker, he’s also his boss and a fair, unsparing interviewer.  Pathfinder #0021 is brought to you by Spaced Ventures, […]

Analysis

An S-1 for the Space Economy

Editor’s note: Payload space cadets Ryan Duffy (managing editor) and Mo Islam (cofounder) originally penned this essay for Not Boring, an uber-popular newsletter on tech, strategy, startups, and investing. Nearing 150,000 subscribers, Not Boring is primarily authored by Packy McCormick, with editing and research duties fulfilled by Dan McCormick and Rahul Rana. What you’re about […]

Equities

Rounding Up the Aerospace & Defense Q2 Earnings

It’s been a five-coffee-a-day week for analysts tracking the “primes” and publicly traded contractors that make up the US defense and aerospace (A&D) industrial base and sell fighter jets, weapons systems, and advanced spacecraft to the Pentagon.  Of the US’ prime contractors, Lockheed posted Q2 earnings last week, with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and […]

VC/PE

Macro Headwinds Weigh on VC Funding

It’s been a rough start to the year for startup financing. In fact, Q2 saw the largest quarterly drop in venture funding in a decade. Higher-than-expected inflation growth, rising interest rates, and an energy crisis in Europe continue to threaten institutional capital deployment. VC-backed public listings reached a 13-year quarterly low, with eight completed this […]

EquitiesVC/PE

Analysis: Navigating Recessions

Ed. Note: This is a vastly abridged version of Payload’s “Secret Monthly Newsletter” that you can unlock by referring just one new subscriber! This month’s newsletter included access to a larger macro presentation that includes this—and much more. In less than a week, the June CPI (Consumer Price Index, an index that tracks the price […]

Opinion

Payload Presents “Space Jams”

In need of some tunes this summer? We’ve got you covered. We’re pleased to present Space Jams, the only space-themed playlist you’ll ever need. We polled the team, asked readers for input, and consulted with the top DJs in the galaxy to come up with this space-inspired playlist. Shout out to Payload readers Erin B. and […]

LEOOpinion

Opinion: Protecting the Future of the ISS

The ISS is the most expensive object ever built by humanity, and the largest scientific and engineering collaboration the world has ever witnessed. The space station treaty, signed Jan. 29, 1998 by the EU, the US, Russia, Canada, and Japan, represented a new era of cooperation that ushered in significant scientific and technological breakthroughs for […]