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The 2018 CSBR Roundup Is TOMORROW!

Posted: December 4, 2018

Advanced Registration is Now Closed. On-Site Registration Available!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: CSBR Member: $35; Non-Member: See Registration Rates Below
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

The Colorado Space Roundup is the premier all-Colorado space industry update and networking event. Presented by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), the Roundup is in its 15th year. It is your chance to catch up on the latest Colorado space news and connect with leaders from business, government and education.

This year’s theme is All Systems Go as Colorado had an outstanding year in space with successful launches of satellites, awarding of commercial and military contracts, and major milestones on the horizon. The 2018 Roundup will continue to focus on small businesses and the important role they play in the Colorado aerospace economy, maiden launches of commercial crew and crew cargo missions supported by Colorado primes and small businesses, and the highlighting of the importance of military space in the Colorado aerospace community. 

Non-Member Registration Rates:

Membership Level Roundup Registration Fee Total Cost
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP – $175 $35 $210


  • 7:00-7:30 AM
    • Exhibitor Set Up
  • 7:30-8:15 AM
    • Check In, Exhibitor Area Opens for Networking and Continental Breakfast is provided
  • 8:15-8:30 AM
    • Welcome by Newly Elected Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera 
  • 8:30-9:00 AM
    • Board Chair Welcome and Announcements, Cosmic Contributor Award
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    • Theme Panel: Getting to Space, What Launch Vehicle is the Right Choice?
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    • Exhibitor Visit Break
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    • Theme Panel: Commercial Crew, Crew Cargo, and Exploration - Benefits to Colorado
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Lunch Seating
  • 12:10 PM
    • Welcome - Joseph Troutman, 2018 Round Up Chair
  • 12:15 PM
    • Lunch Served
  • 12:35 PM
    • Remarks - George Sparks, CEO Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • 12:40 PM
    • Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Frank Backes, EVP Kratos Corporation
  • 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
    • The role of space – Past, Present & Future.
      • Keynote Speaker - Major General John Shaw
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
    • CSBR Internship 2018 Review
  • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Small Business Outlook: Doing Business with the Industry Primes and Getting Investment Funding.
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
    • Military Space: Colorado's Role as The Epicenter For National Security Space
  • 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
    • Education: STEM’s Impact on Student’s Interest in Space
  • 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
    • Reception and Networking


Thank You To Our Current Sponsors!





Lockheed Martin Space


Space Foundation



The Boeing Company

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

Jeff Co Economic Development

Secure World Foundation 

University of Colorado, AeroSpace Ventures Office

Wings Over the Rockies


ADK Consulting & Executive Search



Colorado Air and Space Port

Colorado Space Coalition 

Northrop Grumman

Sierra Nevada Corporation





Ball Aerospace
Belcan, LLC
Burns & McDonnell
The CPI Group
Critical Path IP Law
Merrick & Company
M.J. Smith and Associates
MSU Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Department
OneWorld InfoTech
Red Canyon Software
Teledyne Brown Engineering
US ProTech. Inc.


2018 CSBR Roundup Keynote Speaker Announced! Major General John Shaw

Posted: December 4, 2018

Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw is Deputy Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining mission-ready space forces and providing missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, and communications capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands. The command manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 30,000 space professionals worldwide. General Shaw also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

General Shaw entered the Air Force in 1990 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in astronautical engineering and a minor in Russian language. He has served in a variety of air and space operations and staff positions, including operations tours in the 50th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, the 32nd Air Operations Group and the Space Warfare Center. His operational commands have included the 4th Space Operations Squadron, the 50th Operations Group and the 21st Space Wing. He has also served previously at U.S. Strategic Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group, as Deputy Director for Operations and in the Pentagon as an Air Force intern, as Deputy Chief of Space Strategy and Integration, a speechwriter and as a senior space policy advisor.

Click here to learn more about Maj. Gen. Shaw.

On-Site Registration Available!


Fiji Airways Receives Delivery of New Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Posted: December 4, 2018

Fiji Airways has received a boost to its expansion aims with the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The 737 MAX jet is a fuel-efficient, longer-range version of Boeing’s 737 airplanes.

Fiji Airways is also looking to renew its current single-aisle fleet and will employ Boeing Global Services to help improve its operations.

Services comprise airplane health management designed to create real-time, predictive service alerts, as well as software distribution tools, which allow airlines to securely manage digital ground-based data and manage software parts.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO aid Andre Viljoen said: “The introduction of the 737 MAX is the beginning of a new chapter for Fiji Airways and we look forward to taking advantage of the airplane’s superior performance and economics.

“These new airplanes will enable us to offer a world-class customer experience through the new Boeing Sky Interior cabins with in-seat entertainment for all guests.”

Fiji Airways is also expected to receive five new Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.

The MAX family of aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and features Advanced Technology winglets.

It also boasts improved airframe capabilities to enhance performance and minimise operating costs.

The aircraft is a successor of the 737 model and can accommodate 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration. It can fly at a range of 6,570km.

Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing senior vice-president Ihssane Mounir said: “The market-leading efficiency of the MAX will pay immediate dividends for Fiji Airways and will help them improve their operation and route network.”

In a separate development, Boeing delivered its 2,000th airplane, a 737 MAX jet, to China’s Xiamen Airlines.

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27 People Join/Renewed To CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: December 4, 2018

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


  •  Emanuel Anton - Anton PC

  • Tom Burkhardt - Northrop Grumman

  • Matthew Carvarra - Holland & Hart LLP

  • Laura Cummings - University of Denver - Space Law Society

  • Rebecca Decker - 2/RD

  • Charles Lucy - Holland & Hart

  • Mark Manuel - PMware Technology Holdings

  • Michael Miller - JP Morgan

  • Jay Moody - Comtech Command & Control Techologies

  • James Smith - Composite Technology Development, Inc.

  • Justin Vanderveer - University of Denver Space Law Society

  • Erica Weir - Teltrium

  • Josh Wewerka - CU Denver

  • Wayne White - SpaceBooster LLC

  • Composite Technology Development, Inc.


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


  • Bradley Cheetham - Advanced Space, LLC

  • Tracy Copp - Ball Aerospace/AIAA

  • Barry Gore - Adams County Economic Development

  • Clif Harald - Boulder Economic Council

  • Vicky Lea - Colorado Space Coalition

  • Justin Marinelli - Aerotek Government Services

  • Micky Masciarelli - Consultant

  • Josh Noel - MSU Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Department

  • Holly Rollins - Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Daniel Smith - PlanetiQ

  • Michael Sneddon - Wren Industries

  • Joe Troutman - EnerSys

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

Researchers Develop New Anti-Icing System For Aircraft

Posted: November 26, 2018

A team of researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast in the UK has developed a new system to prevent ice from accumulating on aircraft.

When an aircraft flies through cloud in cold weather, layers of ice can build up on the wings, propellers or jet intakes. It can result in increased drag and reduced lift to potentially lose control of the aircraft.

Accumulation of ice over wing surfaces had previously caused various fatal accidents.

The newly developed system is an ultra-lightweight heater that features ‘webs’ made from carbon nanotubes (CNT), which can be used for de-icing.

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor Brian Falzon led the university’s team in the research that led to the creation of the system, which will be further developed by the team over the next few years.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has provided funding for the project, which is part of a larger research programme that seeks to develop innovative aircraft structures.

Falzon said: “We started by creating a ‘CNT web’, where individual CNTs are aligned in the draw direction, and horizontally stacking 10-40 layers of the webs, at different orientations, to achieve the desired heating characteristics.

“Each layer of CNT web can be as thin as 1/2,000 the thickness of a human hair and the weight of a web large enough to cover a football field would be less than 30 sheets of A4 photocopy paper.

“These CNT webs were cured within a thin glass fibre laminate to provide structural support, and connected to a power supply. When we carried out testing, we discovered that the newly developed CNT heaters achieved rapid heating, which shows that the CNT heaters could quickly de-ice aircraft and provide effective ice protection in-flight.”

Most of the passenger jets currently use the conventional anti-icing system, which involves hot air that is ‘bled’ from the engines and piped to the inner surface of the wing.

The hot air is then moved to the outer surface by thermal conduction to prevent the ice from accumulating.

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