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Blue Canyon Technologies Joins Viasat’s Ecosystem to Build First-Ever Link 16 Low-Earth Orbit Spacecraft

Posted: August 26, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. Small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) announced today it has been selected by global communications company, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), to join its team supporting the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles XVI pilot program to test the first-ever Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft. Under the agreement, BCT will design and manufacture a 12U small satellite bus. Viasat is the lead on the design and manufacture of the spacecraft’s payload. Launch of the spacecraft is expected in 2020.

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6 People Joined/Renewed to CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: August 26, 2019

CSBR would like to thank the following person for joining CSBR this past week!


  • Jonathan Swavely - Metropolitan State University of Denver

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


  • Rick Burkett - EUA

  • John Carsten - Teaching Science and Technology Inc

  • Wiley Larson - Teaching Science and Technology Inc

  • Melody Ou - Ball Aerospace

  • Michele Ponicsan - EUA

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

This Week! Beers & Brats with Astronauts - Tuesday,  August 27, 2019

Posted: August 26, 2019


WHO:  Space industry professionals, General Public 
WHAT: CSBR’s “Beer & Brats with Astronauts”

WHERE: Blue Moon Brewery in RiNo / 3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216 (Free Parking is available)
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 27th, 2019  5:30-8:30pm
WHY: Some of the best and most meaningful life conversations are over a beer

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Second Lockheed Martin-Built Next Generation GPS III Satellite Responding To Commands, Under Self-Propulsion

Posted: August 26, 2019

First GPS III Satellite Successfully Completes On-Orbit Testing

The U.S. Air Force's second next-generation GPS III satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), is responding to commands, under control and now using its own internal propulsion system to get to orbit following its successful launch this morning.

At about 11:01 a.m. ET, Air Force and Lockheed Martin engineers at Lockheed Martin's Launch & Checkout Facility near Denver declared they had full control of GPS III Space Vehicle 02 (GPS III SV02) shortly after the satellite's separation from its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket booster. The satellite, nicknamed "Magellan" by the Air Force, began its rocket ride to space with a 9:06 a.m. ET launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

GPS III SV02 is now climbing towards its operational orbit about 12,550 miles above the earth under the power of its own Liquid Apogee engines. Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space's Waterton, Colorado facility are commanding the satellite using elements of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 0.

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Aerospace States Association Annual Meeting

Posted: August 5, 2019

Colorado is a member of the Aerospace States Association. ASA is an organization of state Lieutenant Governors, Governor appointed delegates, State Legislators and associate members from the aerospace industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. ASA brings together aviation and aerospace interests across each state to educate state legislators on issues specific to their state and provide networking opportunities to grow jobs and expand economic development. As leaders in our state governments, ASA members not only impact policy at the state level, but also at the federal level, by informing our congressional delegations on aerospace priorities.

We have a strong presence within the organization. Colorado’s Lt. Governor Diana Primavera was elected as vice-chair of the overall ASA Organization, while the Colorado State organization is made up of three vice-chairs: Colorado Space Business Roundtable, Colorado Space Coalition, and Citizens for Space Exploration. With several Colorado members chairing committees such as Joe Rice of Lockheed Martin, who is the chair of the Policy Committee.

This year, the annual meeting was hosted by the state of Alabama.  During the annual summit, attendees toured NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Colorado headquartered ULA rocket factory. Key Policy issues that were discussed included workforce development, state Spaceport updates, and legislative strategies to support the growth of the aerospace industry.  Colorado will be the host of the 2020 annual policy meeting. We look forward to sharing the Colorado experience with our fellow ASA members.

Check out the highlights, pictures and presentations from the 2019 Annual Meeting and Sate Aerospace Policy Summit.

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