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NASA Announces Contract to Lockheed Martin

NASA announced Sept. 23 it was awarding a contract to Lockheed Martin for long-term production of the Orion spacecraft, covering as many as 12 spacecraft that would meet NASA’s anticipated needs into the 2030s.

The Orion Production and Operations Contract includes an initial order of three Orion spacecraft, for missions Artemis 3, 4 and 5, for $2.7 billion. NASA plans to purchase three more Orion spacecraft, for Artemis 6, 7 and 8, in 2022 for $1.9 billion. Those spacecraft will be ordered under cost-plus contracts.

The contract includes the option for up to six additional Orion spacecraft ordered through September 2030. Those will be ordered under firm-fixed-price contracts, with the price set based on cost data from the previous six Orion spacecraft.

Read more from the Space News Article here.


Reaction Engines Announces a collaboration with French Space Agency

Reaction Engines, which has a test facility at the Colorado Air and SpacePort, is delighted to announce a collaboration with the French Space Agency, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the UK Space Agency to work together on a joint study to investigate the impact of air-breathing propulsion systems on future space launch architectures. ONERA the French Aerospace Lab has been also associated to this study.

The study, carried out under the 2011 Framework Agreement for Reinforced Cooperation in Space Activities put in place between CNES and the UK Space Agency, commenced in 2018 and is due to complete towards the end of this year. An initial presentation of the assessment will be provided at the 2019 EUCASS Conference taking place in Madrid in July 2019.

Read more about their exciting news here.


CSBR Aerospace Exchange – Tuesday, October 22

Please join us for a networking opportunity!

This event is an opportunity to meet with the international executive leadership of Colorado Air and Space Port and learn more about their company and their role in aerospace.

Register here.



It’s Start-Up Season!

Posted: September 10, 2019

It is time for Denver Start Up Week!  A chance to showcase space to a unique audience – that of the Start-up entrepreneur.  Those that dare to take their ideas to a whole new level, just like those of us in the Aerospace industry. Big Dreams start out in small packages.  You will see below some of our Colorado businesses making big moves in the Aerospace and Defense industry

Denver Start Up week is the largest  event in the United States.  It is free and open to the public. You can go here to sign up and create a schedule.  You never know what connections will spark as aerospace intersects with Design, Healthcare, Clean Tech, Data Analytics, Architecture and many other industries and skills.

While you are there, don’t forget to attend these sessions focused on the Aerospace start-up sector. Many of our CSBR members will be participating, such as Bluefoot Engineering, Atomos Space,  and Exodus Space. I will also be representing both CSBR and my own start up Deep Space Predictive.  There will also be a panel on understanding the concept of the New Space Economy with Colorado OEDIT’s Maj General (ret) Jay Lindell and others. 

September 17th, 10am, Startup Aerospace and Why Colorado is Leading the Charge
September 18th, Noon, How to Achieve Product Market Fit While Externally  Funding your R&D
September 20th, 8am, The Nuts and Bolts of an Aerospace Startup
September 20th, Noon,  Space a Public (and Private) Affair

A great thing to note as you attend is the number of minority and women owned business in the space start up community as well as the flush of young talent.  We are inspiring the next generation. I hope to see some of you around the way as we celebrate the inclusion of Aerospace in the greater startup community!

Alires Almon - Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable


Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Eight ISR Small Businesses Join Catalyst Space Accelerator

Posted: September 10, 2019

Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This fall, eight companies from around the country will convene in Colorado Springs for the Catalyst Space Accelerator’s fourth cohort, centered around space-based Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).

The Catalyst Space Accelerator (CSA), sponsored by Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, was created to advance technology for our warfighters. By boosting companies’ technology development and guiding them through working with the government, the Accelerator benefits both the economy and the warfighter. For this cohort, the Air Force is seeking to encourage commercially-viable solutions for its space-based ISR needs.

Find out the eight new companies in the accelerator!

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