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Notes from the Chair…

Posted: Jan. 2, 2020

A new year is upon us! 

Last year was an incredible year for the aerospace & defense industry in Colorado. Space Command was established in Colorado Springs, Co., and an all woman space-walk occurred with their space suits supported by research innovations developed at CU Boulder. NASA continues to be on track with the Artemis mission planning. In addition, Colorado-based small companies continued to grow and be recognized both nationally and globally, companies such as  Advanced Space, Roccor, York Space Systems, Oakman Aerospace, and Red Canyon Software. Colorado companies received over 31 SBIR grants in 2019, which put us in the top 3 states receiving SBIR grants. 

With our many successes, there are still ongoing challenges to overcome  - workforce pipeline and diversity needs must be addressed to ensure we are successful and continue to engender our community. Our aerospace economy will continue to create a workforce demand and we must welcome those who are trained and have the desire to contribute to the success of this ecosystem.

In the coming year Colorado will be host to the Aerospace States Association Policy meeting, which is co-Chaired by our own Lt. Governor Diane Primavera. The meeting creates an opportunity for our members and partners to showcase our efforts here in Colorado. The Colorado chapter is lead by the Lt. Governor as well as the Colorado Vice-Chair organizations – Colorado Space Coalition, CSBR, and Citizens for Space Exploration.

CSBR continues to be a part of the Colorado aerospace ecosystem and a supporter of all of our space business entities. Whether they are academic, industry or defense or if their size is large, medium, or small. We look forward to another successful year for us all!

Engage, Connect & Thrive!






Alires Almon

Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable


CSBR Space Roundup…2019

Posted: Jan. 2, 2020

The CSBR Space Round Up was held for the 16th year at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Over 260 people attended the day of roundtable panels, exhibitor tables and our luncheon, which showcased keynote speaker, United launch Alliance CEO, Salvatore “Tory” Bruno. 

CSBR Chair Alires Almon, leads a panel discussing the human centered challenges we face in deep space exploration activities. Former NASA Astronaut USAF Col.Jack Fischer, gave great insight into the human experience with space missions.  Lockheed Martin Director of Human Space, Vanessa Aponte, PhD and Wendy Buckles. 






Barry Hamilton, CEO of Red Canyon Software, leads a panel discussing the technical challenges going to the Moon. 









Mr. George Sparks, CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, was honored with the 2019 CSBR Cosmic Contributor Award. George was recognized as a champion of the aerospace community and his continued support of the Round Up and other science related activities, such as the founding of the Institute for Science and Policy. Roundup Chair, Joe Troutman looks on as CSBR Chair, Alires Almon hands Mr. Sparks his award.







We were fortunate to have Mr. Salvatore “Tory” Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance as the luncheon keynote speaker.  He shared his vision of near future space exploration and the role that ULA will play in that vision.










Luncheon Attendees, engineers from Ball Aerospace and Seekr Engineering, with Col. Jack Fisher. 










Andy Merritt, Regional Director for Senator Cory Gardner, Chrystal Morgan, Sr. Director, ULA and David Eddy, Colorado Director for The Boeing Company. 







CSBR Attendee from Boulder Engineering Studio asks a question of the panel.  








Save the date to join us later this year on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 for another great opportunity to engage and connect with the Colorado Aerospace community and CSBR.


Welcome to our new CSBR Board Members and Advisory Board Members

Posted: Jan. 2, 2020

Please join me in welcoming our new CSBR Board of Director Members. We look forward to working together to enable our Colorado space ecosystem to Connect, Engage, and Thrive! They are:

  • Meosha Brooks, Ball Aerospace
  • Genah Burditt, Blue Foot Engineering
  • Anthony Matthews, Belcan

New Advisory Board Members are:

  • Shaun Kennedy, Holland and Hart
  • Dirk Wallinger, York Systems

2020 Colorado Space Board of Directors 


  • Alires Almon, Chair, Deep Space Predictive
  • Kimberly Schwandt, Vice-Chair, Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Ali Recek, Secretary, Manufacturer’s Edge
  • Paul Deaderick, Treasurer, National Reconnaissance Office

Board Members:

  • Daudi Barnes, AMPT / Agile Space
  • Meosha Brooks, Ball Aerospace
  • Genah Burditt, Blue Foot Engineering
  • Bob Cone, Advanced Space
  • Shane Deichman, Teledyne Brown Engineering
  • David Eddy, The Boeing Company
  • Sean Humbert, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Anthony Matthews, Belcan
  • Chrystal Morgan, United Launch Alliance
  • Crystal Peden, The CPI Group
  • Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin Space
  • Mike Sneddon, Wren Industries
  • Kristin Thomas, Red Canyon Software
  • Joe Troutman, EnerSys
  • Debra Wilcox, 3D Printing Store 

2020 Advisory Board:

  • Rick Ward, Advisory Board Chair, Ward Consulting
  • Abby Benson, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Stacey DeFore, Teledyne Brown Engineering
  • Steve Eisenhart, Space foundation
  • Shaun Kennedy, Holland and Hart
  • Vicky Lea, Metro Denver, EDC - Colorado Space Coalition
  • Jay Lindell, CO Office of Economic Development & Int’l Trade
  • Dirk Wallinger, York Systems



The Space Force is Official

Posted: Jan. 2, 2020

The United States Space Force (USSF) is officially a new branch of the United State Military. As this new branch is being established, the state of Colorado is in the center of its development. Colorado Aerospace and Defense Champion from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Maj. General (ret.) Jay Lindell, has provided information about the new Space Force and the latest on space command. He has provided key information to help the public understand the implications and the importance of this new entity. 

Please read the following fact sheet for a general briefing on the new United States Space Force.

Read more about the Space Force on their new website here.


Looking Ahead….Way Ahead

Posted: Dec. 31, 2019

As we prepare for the year and decade ahead, great things await our industry and society as a whole.  Space exploration will take humanity back to old places (ISS and the Moon) and prepare to go further than we ever have before (Mars and beyond).  It is now that we must think about our pathways to the future as our work today will influence the direction and success of those efforts.  Each of these resources provides you with a different lens, hopefully one that opens your eyes a bit wider.  

Space Foundation  - Space Report
An online searchable resource for data and information about the space industry. 

New Space Report – Lloyds of London
It is important to see the space ecosystem from other points of view.   Space is a global effort. While it may not be new to you, it is interesting to see where other countries are on their understanding of space and how they define ‘new space’.

2060  - The Future of Space – The US Air Force
Scenarios that outline the possibilities about the impact of space exploration and the decisions to ensure our goals are met. (Recommended by USAF  Col. Jack Fischer at our 2019 CSBR Space Round Up)

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