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ATS-2018 AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Annual Technical Symposium

Posted: October 22, 2018

The Annual Technical Symposium, brings together the regional leaders, technical experts, and academia in the aerospace and aeronautics industry. ATS is a forum to help shape the future of the industry, a place for people in all stages of their career to gather, network, and collaborate. It is a place to learn a new process, gather inspiration, and make the connection to turn that inspiration into reality. 

What: AIAA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Technical Symposium
When: October 29, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: University of Colorado - South Denver 10035 South Peoria St Lone Tree, CO 80134

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Tory Bruno is the president and Chief Executive Officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.
Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems, supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.
Bruno has been invited to be a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group chaired by Vice President Pence. In addition, he is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, a companion of the Naval Order of the United States, a member of the Navy League and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served on the National Blue Ribbon Panel for Bettering Engineering & Science Education and as Chairman of the Diversity Council of Lockheed Martin Space Systems.He is the author of two books that explore the organization of the medieval Knights Templar from the perspective of modern business management: “Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism” and “Templar Incorporated.” He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.


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Faustson Adds New 5-Axis DMG MORI Milling Machine

Posted: October 15, 2018

Faustson, a worldwide leader in machining and additive manufacturing, has added a new 5-axis milling machine to its existing lineup of 5-axis milling, 3D metal printing, and multi-axis EDM technology. The DMU 95 monoBLOCK is from DMG MORI’s DMU monoBLOCK series of universal machining centers.

Fauston Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, "We strive to be responsive to what our customers need, and we kept getting quick-turn requests. We’ll use this new milling center exclusively for quick-turn projects. With it, we will deliver jobs in just one to two weeks, in and out, compared to a more
typical eight-to-ten-week lead time."

Hostetter noted that their research showed them that the high-end precision shops in the region were at full capacity. In most cases it was six to eight weeks before a customer could expect to get a project on a machine. That, coupled with customers requesting quick-turn service, drove this
high-six-figure purchase.

The new machine is known for its stability, is made from a single casting, and includes advanced software and 60 sensors that monitor its operations.
Digital software provides the capability to program complex machining cycles at a much faster rate. Table tilt gives simultaneous 5-axis capability, rather than 4+1. Though the DMU 95 monoBLOCK handles all materials and super alloys, Fauston will use it for aluminum and titanium parts that require no additional operations other than heat treating.

“For Faustson, there is no learning curve on this machine,” said Andre Rusconi of DMG MORI. “They’re progressive and were one of the first in the
region to add simultaneous 5-axis capability back in the late 1990s. They have a very high skill set and will get maximum use and value out of this
purchase. They have five other machines with the same control system, so they hit the ground running. Those that don’t know the system have a six-
to 12-month learning curve to understand the cutting and turning strategies. Given the economy, the customer demand, the low unemployment
rate, equipment like this with a lot of automation capabilities is a wise investment.”

Scheduling the machine and making parts this way enables Faustson to deliver jobs 80% faster and get customers 80% BOM (Bill of Materials). That
time savings gives Faustson customers the flexibility handle the final 20% of the part-complete process in whatever way they choose and still come out
ahead in terms of time to a completed part.

The applications for this machine span the multiple industries Faustson serves, including aerospace, defense, engineering, medical, and automotive.
The increased capabilities it enables allow Faustson to expand their client base and bring additional economic activity to Denver and Colorado.

Besides the attributes previously mentioned, the DMU 95 monoBLOCK features:

  • A spindle touch probe for in-process quality control to verify internal diameters, circularity, and more. 
  • A 20,000-rpm spindle, with high torque and high rpm for fine control on light duty cutting and power for heavy-duty work. 
  • A laser for setting tools, checking form, runout and radius of each tool. If a tool dulls or breaks, the machine can be programmed to swap it out for a new tool on its own, allowing jobs to be left running unattended. 
  • High-pressure coolant for faster drilling of holes and improved surface finishes.

Innovation & Opportunity Conference

Posted: October 15, 2018

Hear from NASA leadership at the Innovation and Opportunity Conference – featuring a keynote address by NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk!

Other speakers include NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive Jenn Gustetic, Deputy Program Executives Joseph Grant and Gynelle Steele, representatives from each NASA mission directorate, the Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and more!

This event brings together NASA experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. The Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC) provides opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate in tomorrow's aerospace and defense.

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7:00-8:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 am | Conference Welcome

8:30-9:15 am | Keynote Address: NASA Vision

  • Steve Jurczyk, NASA Associate Administrator

9:15-10:15 am | Federal Sessions

  • NASA/SBIR/STTR Program Overview & Updates
  • SBIR-STTR Programs - Comparing, Contrasting and Collaborating

10:15-10:30 am | Break & View Exhibits

10:30-11:30 am | Industry Sessions

  • Industry Participant Presentations: Overview and Opportunities

11:30 am-12:00 pm | Break & View Exhibits

12:00-1:20 pm | Lunch with Speaker

  • Aerospace Industry Trends/Forecasting

1:35-2:45 pm | Concurrent Programming

  • Federal Sessions 
  • Writing Responsive Proposals
  • NASA Mentor/Protege Program
  • Proposal Budget and Contracts
  • Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Listening Session
    • Federal One-on-One Opportunities
    • Corporate Roundtable Matchmaking Opportunities

2:45-3:00 pm | Break & View Exhibits

3:00-4:55 pm | Concurrent Programming

  • Federal Sessions 
    • I-Corps Panel
    • NASA Sttr Program Overview
  • Industry Sessions
    • Corporate Programming
  • Federal One-on-One Opportunities
  • Corporate Roundtable Matchmaking Opportunities

5:00-5:30 pm | "Ask Me Anything" Plenary

  • Federal & Local Panel

5:30-7:00 pm | Reception in Exhibit Area


7:00-8:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:10 am | Day 2 Welcome

8:10-9:00 am | Keynote Address

  • NASA Mission Directorates Vision Panel

9:00-10:00 am | Industry Sessions

  • Industry Participant Presentations: Overview & Opportunities

10:00-10:15 am | Break & View Exhibits

10:15-11:00 | Federal Sessions

  • NASA Infusion Programs

11:00-11:30 am | Federal Sessions

  • NASA SBIR/STTR Post PH II Panel (CCRPP, Phase II-E/X, Sequential, Phase III)

11:30 am-12:00 pm | Break & View Exhibits

12:00-1:20 pm | Lunch with Small Business Panel

  • Local Commercialization Success Stories
1:35-3:00 pm | Concurrent Programming
  • Federal Sessions
    • Commercialization & Infusion Opportunities Across Agencies 
    • NASA Technology Focus Areas 
    • NASA Commercialization Plans 
  • Federal One-on-One Opportunities
  • Corporate Roundtable Matchmaking Opportunities

3:00-3:15 pm | Break & View Exhibits

3:15-4:50 pm | Concurrent Programming

  • Federal Sessions
    • Other Accelerated Government Funding Opportunities 
    • Federal One-on-One Opportunities
  • Corporate Roundtable Matchmaking Opportunities

4:50-5:00 pm | Closing Remarks

The agenda is being updated daily. Visit the event website to view the most up-to-date information.


Three People Join/Renewed To CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: October 15, 2018

CSBR would like to thank Alison Barto and Art Maples for joining CSBR this past week! We would also like to recognize David Lubar who renewed his membership last week. Thank you for joining us for another year!


  • Alison Barto -  Ball Aerospace
  • Art Maples - NASA - Space Technology Mission Directorate


  • David Lubar - The Aerospace Corporation
Remember -- you can search all CSBR members on the website.

MD5 Starts DEF in Denver on Friday, 12 October 2018

Posted: October 8, 2018

Please join us for the MD5 STARTS DEF pitch event on Friday 12 October 2018. The event will showcase five cutting edge companies who have been selected because their disruptive ideas hold promise for defense stakeholders & government leaders who are looking for ways to support new dual-use ventures. During the event you will have the opportunity to interact with startups as well as intrapreneurs within the military who are committed to finding new and innovative ways to achieve mission success.

Please contact Rachel Cheetham with any questions at [email protected].

When: Friday October 12th, 2018
Where: Galvanize 1062 Delaware St, Denver, Colorado 80204, USA


  • 12:30 Check in
  • 12:45 Opening remarks
  • 1:00 Pitch Competition
  • 3:15 Awards Ceremony
  • 4:00 Programming 
  • 6:00 Reception

Register Here!

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