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ULA Completes Final Design Review for New Vulcan Centaur Rocket First Flight on Schedule for 2021

Posted: July 29, 2019

United Launch Alliance leaders and engineers completed an important milestone with the conclusion of the system Critical Design Review (CDR) for the company’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket. The system-level CDR is the final review of the design for the overall rocket. 

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the ULA team and a significant milestone in the development of a rocket – signaling the completion of the design phase and start of formal qualification,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO. “Vulcan Centaur is purpose built to meet all of the requirements of our nation’s space launch needs and its flight-proven design will transform the future of space launch and advance America’s superiority in space.” 

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Upcoming Event - Small Satellite AIAA: August 3 – 8, 2019 Logan, Utah

Posted: July 29, 2019

Colorado Space Coalition and the Colorado OEDIT office are sponsoring a booth at the event. It has been a very fruitful event for the state of Colorado. Last year, over 30% of attendees had operations in the state of Colorado.

Some of the CSBR Member companies attending: EyasSat, Ball Aerospace, Enersys, Teledyne Technologies, Secure World Foundation, Roccor and ViaSat.

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William Townsend Renewed CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: July 29, 2019

CSBR would like to recognize the following person who renewed their membership last week. Thank you for joining us for another year!


  • William Townsend - Townsend Aerospace Consulting, LLC

Remember -- you can search all CSBR members on the website.

We All Landed on the Moon.

Posted: July 15, 2019

This weekend on July 20th, we celebrate one of the most celebrated accomplishments in human history—the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 when humans landed on the moon.  Three men took the journey and two stepped foot on our moon’s surface, representing the cumulation of human technology and many of our dreams.  They showed us what team work, drive and ambition can achieve.  What was surprising, or not,  was that it wasn’t just a dream for America, it was a dream achieved for humanity. Those men set a new bar for us and set up a new path for our dreams.

Today, many new undertakings are pushing the envelope to make that dream of space exploration even bigger AND more realistic.  In the next 50 years, we can expect to see a new crew of astronauts – both men and women – land on the moon. We can expect to see the start of new space facilities orbiting in cis-lunar space and lunar orbit. We will even get to see a crewed mission to Mars.

These endeavors will not be achieved without the many contributions of companies that have roots here in Colorado. Companies small and large, new and legacy are all making sure that we cooperate to make those big dreams come true.  This is evidenced by Colorado companies receiving over 30 SBIR grants in 2019. CSBR members such as AMPTRoccorRed Canyon Software, and Advanced Space are on that list. Colorado prime contractors are leading the way creating avenue for small companies all over the state to become part of their supply chain. All of these activities, are part of the bigger picture of space exploration. It takes a lot to get humans into space and to make the space economy thrive. At CSBR we are proud to facilitate the pieces of the dream for humanity’s future in space.

Alires Almon

Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable


Ball Aerospace Completes Critical Design Review of NASA'S IXPE Mission

Posted: July 15, 2019

The mission critical design review (M-CDR) of NASA's Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) space-based astrophysics observatory was recently completed at Ball Aerospace's Boulder, Colorado, facility. The IXPE mission is led by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, with support from Ball Aerospace, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at University of Colorado Boulder and other partners.

IXPE is a Small Explorer, or SMEX mission, which is part of NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program. Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is the principal investigator for the mission. Once launched in 2021, IXPE will measure the polarization of cosmic X-rays to improve our understanding of the fundamental physics of extreme and exotic objects in the universe, such as black holes.

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