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PREPARING FOR TAKEOFF: Countdown to Spaceport Colorado launch inches closer, still miles away

Posted: August 5, 2019

Director of the Colorado Air and Space Port, Dave Ruppel, shows slides of the future site of the Air and Space Port, July 30 at Wings Over The Rockies Museum.

Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

Colorado’s aerospace industry is like an engine, and it’s hot.

That’s how Adams County Commissioner Steve O’dorisio likens the momentum of interest in the state a year after the designation of SpacePort Colorado at the Front Range Airport in Watkins, just outside of Aurora.

O’Dorisio, like many other state and local government officials, say Colorado’s Front Range is now uniquely positioned to attract international business to the state because of the facility, which boasts that “the first mile is free.” Mile high area. Get it?

That’s one reason why Shuji Ogawa, founder of Japanese-based PD Aerospace, is excited to work with SpacePort Colorado.

PD Aerospace signed a letter of intent in April saying that it would “explore future usage of Colorado Air and Space Port, with both parties expressing willingness to cooperate, and shall become (the) basis for a deeper relation in the future.” The company is looking to develop a fully reusable ballistic spaceplane.


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Air Force CyberWorx (SBIR) Seminar on August 22, 2019

Posted: August 5, 2019

Air Force CyberWorx is hosting a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Seminar on August 22, 2019. This effort is designed to give nontraditional, small businesses and innovators an opportunity to learn more about the SBIR application process, SBIR funding and accounting, navigation through SBIR Phases as well as Technology Transfer.

Nontraditional entrepreneurs will have opportunities to network with statewide government resources, innovative organizations driving the economy and SBIR subject matter experts. This all-day event is powered by the Center for Technology Research and Commercialization and will be held at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in Colorado Springs, CO. Space is limited, please register now! This is a free event and participants will enjoy a light breakfast, lunch and a networking happy hour.

Contact: [email protected]
Time: 8:30pm-4:30pm
Networking + Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30pm
Catalyst Campus
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Registration deadline: Monday, August 19, 2019

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Applications Now Available For Catalyst Accelerator

Posted: August 5, 2019


If companies are interested in taking an active role in the Accelerator or would like to take part in sponsorship opportunities, the Accelerator’s Engagement Fact Sheet and Sponsorship Packet for review on the website ( ).  It outlines key ways members of the community can get involved.  If interested, companies can respond by emailing KiMar at [email protected].  She will be excited to get them plugged in!

The ISR Accelerator’s Demo Day is 21 November – 10:00 - 12:00 at Catalyst Campus.  Be sure to mark your calendar for this big event!


SBIR Road Tour – Boulder, Colorado

Posted: August 5, 2019

Friday, August 16th

UCAR Conference Center (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
3080 Center Green Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. Each SBIR Road Tour stop, hosted by a local organization, will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,000 new awards annually and to meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Contact: Sharon King

Executive Director, Boulder SBDC
(303) 442-1475, ext. 3
[email protected]

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Lockheed Martin Completes NASA's Orion Spacecraft Capsule For Artemis 1 Mission To The Moon

Posted: July 29, 2019

The goal of humans again walking on the Moon is one giant leap closer. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed building the capsule for NASA's Orion spacecraft. The crew module capsule for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon has been stacked on top of the Orion service module, which was also recently finished. 

Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement today at a ceremony in front of the Orion spacecraft in the aptly-named Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event and announcement commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Lockheed Martin's President, Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson also provided remarks at the ceremony, in addition to NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Kennedy Space Center's Director Robert Cabana and Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis. 

The Orion spacecraft is like none other in its design and capability

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