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While Congress Sorts Out Space Force, Colorado Springs Hopes To Be More Than The Temporary Home Of Space Command

Posted: May 24, 2019

Colorado Public Radio, 15 May 19
By Dan Boyce

Lawmakers from Alabama, California and Colorado are jockeying to be chosen as the permanent home of the U.S. Space Command.  The Air Force released their list of candidate bases Tuesday and Colorado Springs arguably has the upper hand in the battle for home base.  The state’s second city is already the location of Air Force Space Command, the space-focused missions of Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases, as well as the headquarters of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, located at Cheyenne Mountain.  Space Command, though, is not the same as the Space Force often touted by President Donald Trump. Confused? Let’s try to clear things up.

Yes, We Have Space Command Right Now

The U.S. government brought its outer space-focused resources from all military branches together under centralized leadership during the height of the Cold War. U.S. Space Command was intended to meet advancements from the Soviet Union but was later disbanded as the military shifted focus to counter-terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Trump administration re-established U.S. Space Command with the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and a presidential memo. Colorado Springs’ Peterson Air Force Base was designated as its temporary home with the current commander of the Air Force Space Command in charge of both. The renewed Space Command is the center of all military efforts that involve space including strategy, doctrine, training and priorities.

An Air Force memo obtained by CNN shows Peterson and three other Colorado bases on the shortlist for the final headquarters, along with Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The leaked list matches the Air Force's official choices they just released.  As the Associated Press reported, “the host state can expect tens of millions of dollars in economic investment and bragging rights as one of the country’s leading technological hot spots.”

Read More Here: https://www.cpr.org/news/story/while-congress-sorts-out-space-force-colorado-springs-hopes-to-be-more-than-the-temporary

 

Small Business Spotlight - Advanced Space

Posted: May 24, 2019

One of our very own Colorado Space companies, Advanced Space provides space navigation, guidance and control services including mission design, complex orbit transfers, low-thrust navigation, three body analysis, and spacecraft autonomy. Based in Boulder, Advanced Space defines its mission as supporting the sustainable exploration, development, and settlement of space. Advanced Space personnel have expertise in orbital mechanics and lunar exploration and have been directly involved in 7 of the last 8 spacecraft to the Moon and 29 space missions overall. 

Advanced Space’s recent NASA SBIR Phase II award will continue development of navigation technology enabling operations in the valuable and challenging orbital regime on low lunar orbits (<10KM). The Sustained Low Altitude Lunar Orbital Missions (SLALOM) project will enable spacecraft to operate autonomously in this highly demanding environment through development of a software system that can process measurements, autonomously plan and execute maneuvers, and monitor overall system performance for long periods of time. SLALOM will enable operations in extremely low lunar altitude orbits to enable global-scale sampling of the lunar surface in a way that is entirely inaccessible by previous, current, and planned spacecraft missions.

Check out Advanced Space Here: www.advancedspace.com

 

Upcoming Event - Secure World Foundation Summit for Space Sustainability

Posted: May 24, 2019

June 25-26, 2019

National Press Club
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045 

Please join Secure World Foundation and its partners at the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability, a high-level multi-day event focused on inspiring action towards space sustainability. A unique gathering of global stakeholders from government, industry, and civil society, this event will feature keynotes, interactive sessions, panels, and networking designed to highlight opportunities and challenges for developing solutions for space sustainability.

For more information, please visit www.swfsummit.org.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summit-for-space-sustainability-tickets-58184143339

 

A Message From the Chair

Posted: May 17, 2019

We are already in May, getting ready to breathe a bit easier with another successful Space Symposium behind us, we now look forward to cultivating our efforts for the rest of the year.   The Colorado Aerospace community is growing in ways that we would not have imagined just a few years ago.  The growth of our satellite industry and adjacent support businesses are enabling Colorado to maintain its status as #1 in aerospace employment, per capita.  Growing companies are having big successes receiving NASA Grants and enabling larger mission success. Companies such as Advanced Space, Roccor, and Red Canyon Engineering. Colorado primes are continuing to push forward with new satellite launches by Lockheed Martin Space Systems and United Launch Alliance.

More Colorado companies than ever are being funded by NASA Phase II Grants for cutting edge research and development.  We are second only to California, which received 12 more than Colorado and the next closest is Virginia, with 11 grants.  See below more highlights of our Colorado companies in upcoming newsletters.

See the 20 Companies that won Phase II grants here. Click on the Colorado State link to see the list: https://sbir.nasa.gov/award_state_list/selection_nid/61538

On another note, CSBR wants to hear from you! It is important that we hear your voice to ensure we are doing our part to support you and the Colorado aerospace ecosystem. Please take 5 – 8 minutes to give us your thoughts about your membership and its value. Take the member survey here.

-Alires

Alires Almon
Board Chair
Colorado Space Business Roundtable

 

Deep Space Predictive Founder and CSBR Board Chair, Alires Almon, Highlighted in Western Digital Blog

Posted: May 17, 2019

Looking back on the rapid progress made in the last half-century, what possibilities for deep space exploration could be enabled by technology in the next 50 years and beyond? To find out, we sat down with Alires Almon, Founder and Principal Investigator at Deep Space Predictive. She and her international research team are looking into the role of psychological performance, including astronauts on long-term space missions.

Read more here: https://datamakespossible.westerndigital.com/data-humans-survive-deep-space/

 
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