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Boulder County Hosting World GIS Day Event And Presentations

Posted: November 12, 2018

Boulder County is hosting a World GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day event on Wednesday, November 14 in Boulder. The event is free and open to the public.

GIS Day is part of Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Held each year in November, World GIS Day events focus on the importance of geography by using lessons, games, and presentations for the public.

Since 1987, GIS technology has become an integral part of almost all of Boulder County’s governmental functions including emergency and law enforcement, floodplain management, land use planning and zoning, open space acquisitions and management, precinct delineation, property assessment, public health, road construction and maintenance, snow plowing and wildfire mitigation.

Event Schedule:
(attendees can drop by for any or all of the events)

9 a.m. – Light breakfast served (bagels, fruit, coffee, juice)
9:10 a.m. – Welcome and announcements
9:15 a.m. – “Show and Tell: CONNECTAssessment in the Boulder County Assessor’s Office” by Rachel Parrinello
9:30 a.m. – “Where in Boulder County?” game
9:40 a.m. – “Explorer for ArcGIS” – live demo by Tim Lomas
10 a.m. – “Where in Boulder County?” game / networking break
10:30 a.m. – “Situational Awareness in Emergency Operations” live demo by Mark Mullane
10:50 a.m. – “Where in Boulder County?” game
11:00 a.m. – “Using GIS in Wildfire Mitigation” – Presentation by Amber Horrie and Molly Watson
11:30 a.m. – “Impact of Electric Buses on Air Pollution: Using GIS for Location Intelligence Study” in London” – Presentation by Jacob Schmidt, University of Colorado student
11:45 a.m. – Wrap Up

Boulder County GIS Day 2018 will be held in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, Third Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder.

For more information, contact Molly Watson at [email protected] or 303-441-3886.


18 People Join/Renewed To CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: November 12, 2018

CSBR would like to thank all of the following people for joining CSBR this past week!


  • Gus Hernandez - DynAeroTech

  • Sarah Hodge - Merrick & Company

  • Bruce Mitchell - KBRwyle

  • Tom Roller - TR Aerospace

  • Shane Swift

  • Merrick & Company

We would also like to recognize the following people and group who renewed their membership last week. Thank you for joining us for another year!


  • Kevin Auwae -The Boeing Company

  • David Eddy - The Boeing Company

  • Chris Foley - The Boeing Company

  • John Frederick - The Boeing Company

  • Ray Galik - The Boeing Company

  • Justin Hungerford - The Boeing Company

  • Henry Loureiro - The Boeing Company

  • Kathleen Pirazzi - ULA

  • Jeremy Sato - The Boeing Company

  • Cameron Schumacher - The Boeing Company

  • Jim Wilder - The Boeing Company

  • The Boeing Company

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

ExoTerra banks $1.5 million for solar electric propulsion

Posted: November 5, 2018

ExoTerra Resources LLC, a Littleton, Colorado, startup obtained a $1.5 million investment to further its campaign to develop solar electric propulsion systems for microsatellites.

The investment is significant because “it allows us to fund our flight qualification effort and it shows investor confidence in our business plan and in the growth of the microsatellite market,” Michael VanWoerkom, ExoTerra president and founder, told SpaceNews.

Since VanWoerkom founded ExoTerra in 2011, the company has developed its Halo Hall-Effect Thruster, flexible solar arrays and radiation-resistant power distribution systems with funding from NASA and Air Force Small Business Innovative Research programs. ExoTerra plans to complete environmental testing of its solar electric propulsion systems by May, VanWoerkom said.

In 2017, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate awarded ExoTerra a contract through its Tipping Point initiative, which supports development of promising commercial technologies that also could benefit the space agency. NASA said it selected ExoTerra’s thruster due in part to safety concerns.

“Opportunities to launch as secondary payloads offer an affordable way to get small spacecraft into orbit, but safety restrictions on launching with energetic and pressurized materials often prevent those spacecraft from carrying significant propulsion capabilities,” NASA said in a Feb. 22, 2017 news release. “ExoTerra will flight test a 300-watt solar electric propulsion system that uses iodine in place of xenon gas. Iodine can be launched as an inert solid and then vaporized into an ionized gas once in orbit, which removes the risk to the launch vehicle. Launching as a dense solid instead of a gas also increases the amount of propellant that can be stored in the same volume on the spacecraft.”

In March, ExoTerra won a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts award for its Nano Icy Moons Propellant Harvester mission to develop a miniature in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) system for liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellant.

“The system takes advantage of developments in the cubesat arena to reduce the dry mass of the ISRU system by 90 percent compared to current systems,” according to ExoTerra. “This will allow missions to refuel at their destinations, such as Europa, Mars and the Lunar poles, drastically reducing the size and cost of the mission.”

ExoTerra is growing rapidly. The firm employs 20 people, including six who joined this summer, VanWoerkom said.

At the investor’s request, ExoTerra is not disclosing the source of its $1.5 million investment, VanWoerkom said.

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Four People Join/Renewed To CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: November 5, 2018

CSBR would like to thank Nicole Gibson for joining CSBR this past week! We would also like to recognize Alires Almon who renewed her membership last week. Thank you for joining us for another year!


  • Frank Gariepy - Retired Partner: EideBailly, LLP

  • Brian Goetsch - Lockheed Martin Space


  • Lindsey Holmes - Analytical Mechanics Associates

  • Crystal Peden -The CPI Group

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

Save The Date - 2018 CSBR Round Up: Registration Coming Soon!

Posted: October 29, 2018

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