This article showcases our top picks for the best United States based Space Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Space Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United States Space Travel Companies
Space Exploration Technologies is a space-transportation startup company founded by Elon Musk. SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.
SpaceX develops crew and cargo capsules, engines, cryogenic tank structures, avionics, equipment, guidance, and control software. The company is developing the partially reusable launch vehicles Falcon 1 and Falcon 9.
Founded in 2002, Space Exploration Technologies is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.. .
Axiom makes life and work in space a reality, catalyzing innovations for life on Earth and enabling the exploration of deep space. Axiom provides crew missions aboard the International Space Station today, while building the commercial space station of tomorrow.
Axiom Station is a research and manufacturing platform serving every industrial vertical on Earth, with contracts in place for pharmaceutical, life science, materials science and exploration in excess of $300 million and a multi-billion-dollar pipeline serving commercial, defense, intelligence, science and other government agencies.. .
Voyager Space Holdings
Voyager Space Holding is an aviation and aerospace company that specializes in the space exploration industry. The company is driven by its mission is to create a vertically integrated publicly traded NewSpace company capable of delivering any mission humans can conceive.
Voyager Space Holding was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado.. .
As a first-mover in building in-space transportation and infrastructure technology, Momentus is at the forefront of the commercialization of space. With an experienced team of aerospace, propulsion, and robotics engineers, Momentus has developed a cost-effective and energy-efficient in-space transport system based on plasma water propulsion technology.
Momentus has in-place service agreements with Lockheed Martin, NASA, and various other private satellite companies, government agencies, and research organizations, and its first Vigoride™ transport system launch is scheduled for December 2020.. .
Infinite Composites Technologies
Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT) develops and manufactures advanced composite pressure vessels and structures. ICT was founded in 2010 to revolutionize composite pressure vessel technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling widespread adoption of composite pressure vessels.
Our vision is to make the infinite Composite Pressure Vessel (iCPV) the key enabling technology for space exploration and sustainable transport. Infinite Composites Technologies aims to practice continuous improvement to ensure we deliver products that exceed customer and industry quality standards and deliver products free of fault or defect..
Ursa Major Technologies
Ursa Major Technologies develops innovative propulsion solutions for the emerging microsatellite and nanosatellite launch market. Its advanced manufacturing optimizes unique part creation.
These engines are greater than 80% additively manufactured by mass using cutting-edge, internally-developed materials and processes. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Berthoud, Colorado..
Astra is a rocket launch startup that provides satellite delivery service and launch service. It offers online reservations for payload deliveries to both sun-synchronous and low inclination orbits.
Astra also offers dedicated launch services of 50kg-150kg payloads to 500km SSO reference orbit in 2020 and 2021. The company was founded by in 2016 by Chris Kemp and Adam with a mission to provide daily access to space..
SpinLaunch is a stealth space catapult startup that aims to creates a much cheaper and sustainable way to get things like satellites from earth into space without chemical propellant. SpinLaunch plans to use a centrifuge spinning at an incredible rate inside a vacuum that reduces friction.
All that momentum is then harnessed to catapult a payload into space at speeds one source said could be around 3000 miles per hour. With enough momentum, objects could be flung into space on their own.
Alternatively, the catapult could provide some of the power needed with cargo being equipped with supplemental rockets necessary to leave the earth’s atmosphere.. .
Phantom Space Corporation
Focused on space transportation including satellites, propulsion and launch vehicle technology
Virgin Galactic is a commercial spaceline that creates commercial spacecrafts. It provides suborbital spaceflights to space tourists, suborbital launches for space science missions, and orbital human spaceflights.
It democratizes the access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.The astronaut experience will include weightlessness and stunning views of Earth from space onboard SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo, spacecrafts designed by aerospace pioneer Scaled Composites. LauncherOne, Virgin Galactic’s orbital launch vehicle can carry satellites as large as 500 pounds into Earth orbit for historically low prices.
Founded on 2004, Virgin Galactic has a team of engineers, technicians, mission controllers, and many more professionals that continue to push the boundaries of technology and exploration. It is headquartered in Mojave, California..
Space Perspective is a space travel company that was established so that humans would explore space for the betterment of all. Space Perspective’s first Operations Center is on Florida’s Space Coast, in the heart of the civil and commercial space programs at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Flights launch from the iconic runway where the Space Shuttle landed upon its return from space. Additional planned launch locations include Cecil Spaceport in Florida, Hawaii, Alaska and elsewhere as we expand operations around the planet..
United Launch Alliance
United Launch Alliance provides spacecraft launch services to the Government of the United States. It is a joint venture of [The Boeing Company](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-boeing-company) and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
It was founded in 2005 and is based in Littleton, Colorado.. .
NanoRacks LLC was formed in 2009 to provide commercial hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station via a Space Act Agreement with NASA.
NanoRacks’ main office is in Houston, Texas, right alongside the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Business Development office is in Washington, DC.
Additional offices are located in Silicon Valley, California and Leiden, Netherlands. In July 2015, NanoRacks signed a teaming agreement with Blue Origin to offer integration services on their New Shepard space vehicle.
The Company has grown into the Operating System for Space Utilization by having the tools, the hardware and the services to allow other companies, organizations and governments to realize their own space plans. As of June 2018, over 700 payloads have been deployed by NanoRacks on the International Space Station and our customer base includes the European Space Agency (ESA) the German Space Agency (DLR,) the American space agency (NASA,) US Government Agencies, Planet Labs, Urthecast, Space Florida, NCESSE, Virgin Galactic, pharmaceutical drug companies, and organizations in Vietnam, UK, Romania and Israel.
The NanoRacks customer base has propelled the company into a leadership position in understanding the emerging commercial market for low-earth orbit utilization.. .
World View Enterprises
At World View® Enterprises, Inc. we’re pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space.
Our vision is to take Voyagers (be they private individuals or those traveling for research, educational or other scientific pursuits) on the journey of a lifetime. We provide a new perspective on the world we live in and open up new realms of possibility.
With our proprietary high-altitude balloons, World View offers an accessible, affordable way to access nearspace. As a Voyager, you will enjoy a suborbital spaceflight unlike any other.
Gently floating up into nearspace with World View, Voyagers now have the unique opportunity to experience what space philosopher and writer Frank White calls the “Overview Effect,” the unexpected emotional reaction and unparalleled perspective-shift that comes from seeing our planet suspended in space. For more than fifty years, astronauts have spoken poignantly of the life-changing shift that results from seeing the world with this unique vantage.
National boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us seem to disappear and the need to protect what Carl Sagan called our “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative. These astronauts also tell us that the Overview makes the possibility of a more united, a more secure, a more protected world seem achievable, if only more people could have the experience..
Firefly was created for one simple reason: provide low-cost, high-performance space launch capability for the under-served small satellite market, where secondary-payload launches are often the only option. The technologies employed in their state-of-the-art rockets provide a clear pathway for future incremental improvements in vehicle capability.
Later vehicles will also have reusable elements and employ air-breathing propulsion. Small satellites are playing an increasingly significant role in space.
Smaller, lighter, and cheaper satellite technologies have led to functional systems that are a fraction of the size of their predecessors. Meanwhile, constellations of small satellites are showing promise for replacing larger custom-built systems, thus providing redundancy and the ability to regularly refresh system technology.
Lastly, many advanced technologies languish at middle TRL levels. Low-cost rides to space will allow these technologies to be proven and advance their collective space-flight capabilities.
Firefly Aerospace was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, United States.. .
At Exos our mission in life is not to build and fly Low Earth Orbit capable reusable rockets but rather, to enable other brilliant minds to change the world for the better …as two examples:
First, the rapid space manufacturing of mesenchymal stem cells (or MSC’s) for regenerative medical treatments have shown phenomenal results in clinical trials after return from the International Space Station (Exos can do in months what took years on ISS).
Secondly, enabling the development and deployment of reusable hypersonic technologies that will drastically reduce point-to-point travel times in the new global economy. To put it simply, if a SpaceX Falcon 9 and Virgin Orbit Cosmic Girl 747 had a space baby, you’d get an Exos Reusable LEO Air launcher. ultimately making SPACE available…TM .
Akash Systems is focused on developing and supplying the next generation of small satellites (CubeSats), satellite transmitters, and the RF Power Amplifiers. The company uses new composite material, gallium nitride (GaN)-on-Diamond, invented by Akash cofounder Ejeckam, for their products.
GaN-on-Diamond provides a cooler state of operation which improves energy efficiency and reduces a system’s size, weight, and operating costs. Akash Systems was founded in 2016 by Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA..
Moon Express is a privately financed commercial space company blazing a trail to the Moon. Their prime directive is to open up the Moon’s vast resources for humanity and establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit.
They begin with profitable on-ramps by disrupting space transportation with innovative, flexible, and scalable new spacecraft that will radically reduce the cost of commercial robotic space activities. In doing so they will extend the economic sphere of Earth and make the resources of the Moon and asteroids accessible.
They have a team of driven, visionary people merging the best practices of traditional aerospace know-how with the innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. They have partnerships with NASA as both collaborators and customers.
They have signed a contract with NASA for lunar cargo delivery, and NASA has selected Moon Express as a partner in developing lunar landers to put the U.S. back on the surface of the Moon.
The company was founded by Dr. Bob Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr.
Barney Pell in August 2010 and was quickly selected by NASA for its $30M Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program. Moon Express entered and became the recognized leader in the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE competition in October of that same year, and in 2014 was selected by NASA for its Lunar CATALYST program focused on a U.S.
Analytical Space is a satellite communications company based out of Boston that is leveraging hybrid RF-laser communications technology.
SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation.
As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL’s advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations.. .
Kairos Aerospace provides large-scale, aerial monitoring of methane emissions. The company completed the first-ever basin-wide aerial survey for methane detection in its 2019 survey of the Permian Basin.
Kairos Aerospace’s mission is to improve operational excellence for the oil and gas industry with cost-effective, efficient methane reductions at scale.. .
Orbit Fab offers a supply of satellite propellant in Earth Orbit that expands the operational potential of new and existing space assets. It develops the infrastructure needed to grow a thriving in-space market for products and services that support both existing space businesses (communications and Earth observation) and new industries like space tourism, manufacturing, and mining.
The future for satellites is no longer restricted to the fuel they are launched with. Orbit Fab was founded in 2018 by its Co-Founders Daniel Faber and Jeremy Schiel..
ATLAS Space Operations
ATLAS Space Operations is the Satellite Communications as a Service Getting Your Data, Faster
As society becomes increasingly technologically advanced, we rely upon space infrastructure more and more. Satellite failures can cost billions, leave millions without services, and can put lives at risk.
There is an information gap in satellite health, leading to half of satellite failures having no known cause. SCOUT is building solutions that enable space situational awareness and satellite health management, all while seizing a Billion dollar market opportunity..
Sintavia is the global leader in applied additive manufacturing for the Aerospace, Defense, & Space industry. With high-speed printers co-located alongside precision post processing equipment, a full complement of mechanical testing equipment, and a full metallurgical and powder laboratory, Sintavia is able to optimize parameters, serially manufacture, and audit quality parts for aerospace applications.
A founding member of the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association, Sintavia is committed to the highest quality standards in the industry and holds multiple Nadcap and other aerospace accreditations.. .
Phase Four is a provider of electric propulsion (EP) for small satellites. The company was founded in 2015 to accelerate the advancement of its core differentiator, the Radio Frequency Thruster (RFT).
The hallmark of Phase Four’s RFT is simplicity. Because the RFT omits a hollow cathode and high voltage electronics, three key improvements are realized: 1) a 10x materials cost savings versus legacy EP systems, 2) a significant decrease in the size of power electronics, and 3) propellant agnosticism.
In a first for EP, the Phase Four RF thruster accomplishes this while achieving performance in the same thrust, specific impulse (Isp), and efficiency class as legacy plasma propulsion solutions.. .
Founded in January 2015 by Ryan Holmes, CEO, SpaceVR is the world’s first virtual reality platform allowing users to #BeAnAstronaut and experience space firsthand 2000 floatation tanks across the globe with it’s patented pending waterproof, float tank compatible VR headset for super learning, deep therapy, and deep entertainment. Headlining with two unprecedented content pieces: Orbit Therapy and Language Learning.
The former allowing everyone to experience orbiting the Earth from SpaceVR’s LIVE satellite, reducing clinical depression and diagnosed anxiety as a therapy protocol. The latter will allow anyone to super learn a language in an unprecedented 30 days.
This is the beginning of hyper-accelerated learning humanity.. .
NASA’s vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. President Dwight D.
Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, partially in response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite the previous year. NASA grew out of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), which had been researching flight technology for more than 40 years.
President John F. Kennedy focused NASA and the nation on sending astronauts to the moon by the end of the 1960s.
Through the Mercury and Gemini projects, NASA developed the technology and skills it needed for the journey. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of 12 men to walk on the moon, meeting Kennedy’s challenge.
Meanwhile, NASA was continuing the aeronautics research pioneered by NACA. It also conducted purely scientific research and worked on developing applications for space technology, combining both pursuits in developing the first weather and communications satellites.
After Apollo, NASA focused on creating a reusable ship to provide regular access to space: the space shuttle. First launched in 1981, the space shuttle flew more than 130 successful flights before retiring in 2011.
Rocket Crafters is a manufacturer of space launch vehicles created to provide safe, reliable, cost-effective & eco-friendly launch services.
Paragon Space Development Corporation
Paragon designs, produces, qualifies and fields life support and thermal control for extreme environments. This includes human support systems such as air revitalization, pressure control, waste processing and waste management and resource recovery.
Paragon also produces in-situ resource recovery technologies that recover water, CO2 and other substances for use within life support and to reduce the material burden for replacement. Paragon also produces the thermal control hardware to keep humans and equipment operating at optimum conditions.
No matter where Humans go in Space in the future, Paragon technology will support them.. .
Agile Space Propulsion
Agile Space Propulsion is an aviation and aerospace that specializes in propulsion, test rockets, and space exploration. The company designs, manufactures, and tests in-space propulsion solutions to make moonshots possible.
It was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Durango, Colorado.. .
Awayr A.I. uses data-driven design and machine learning to produce SaaS software products.
Our solutions help engineers understand the human attention and distraction implications of designs in real-time, to help them build better and safer user interface.. .
UNIT Solutions™ is dedicated to being the pre-eminent non-lethal training solution for law enforcement and military worldwide. Based on direct feedback from military and law enforcement professionals, they have custom engineered a solution to directly address existing training challenges, and provide the best training system on the market for force-on-force and decision-making training.
Founded in 2014, their staff spent months researching the existing training systems on the market and identifying the inherent challenges with using each. By consulting with current and retired military and law enforcement, they received valuable feedback from administrators and the end users that convinced us that their soldiers and officers needed a better training system.
Simunition and UTM could be too expensive for some users. Airsoft and paintball lacked the durability and realism required for training.
Laser systems only provided limited feedback. Thus, UNIT Solutions™ was born.
UNIT Solutions™ proudly employs several of their American heroes who have served their country both at home and abroad. They believe the best way to ensure the highest product standards are upheld for their training systems is to work with those who have used them on a daily basis.
Their full time staff is supported by a highly decorated Advisory Board, which offers guidance on product development, marketing and business opportunities.. .
CesiumAstro delivers communication systems for Satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space or airborne platforms. Each of their products combines carefully selected COTS components with the traditional reliability necessary for aerospace systems.
They believe that effective hardware solutions should not require added engineering from their customers, enabling them to focus on their core mission. Their team consists of talented engineers and scientists skilled in the design, development, manufacturing, and qualification of complex communication systems..
Privately funded software and technology company with offices in Huntsville AL, and Alpharetta GA (HQ). BLOCNETS is one of 64 SAP Co-Innovation partner for Blockchain services and the only partner focused on Aerospace and Defense companies and agencies while utilizing blockchain technology to recently commercialized and available to a broader group.
The primary focus of BLOCNETS is within supply chain as practitioners and implementation expertise and software. BLOCNETS focused on Aerospace and Defense supply chain challenges as a starting point; however, BaaS has use cases across many industries.
The BLOCNETS products enable all participating companies in the extended Supply Chain to focus on their operational and product responsibilities within the Supply Chain, yet maintain alignment with committed customer fulfillment.. .
Broadband Discovery Systems
Broadband Discovery Systems (BDS) is a technology innovation company that has created intelligent physical security, forensics, and access control solutions that offer unique event detection and assessment capabilities for the marketplace. BDS technology is U.S.
Government vetted and provides intelligent event detection by delivering actionable assessment information to users in commercial security, law enforcement, defense, and military markets.. .
Orion Span, Inc.
Orion Span is building Aurora Station, the World’s Private Space Platform. Through technological innovation, Orion Span cuts the cost of living in space by an order of magnitude over others.
We will not rest until our shared destiny in the stars has been realized.. .
Altius Space Machines
Altius Space Machines, a space technology and robotics company, is changing the paradigm for satellite constellation operators by developing a family of low-cost space tugs that allow us to robotically tow, repair, upgrade, or refuel their satellites, at a price point that even cubesat constellations can afford. To develop these Bulldog space tugs, Altius is leveraging nearly a decade of experience developing custom robotic and space technology solutions for NASA, DARPA, AFRL, and commercial companies including NanoRacks and United Launch Alliance.
Altius technical capabilities include everything from design through prototype fabrication through flight hardware environmental simulation testing (TVAC, Vibe, HALT/HASS), for mechanisms, robotic systems, cryogenic systems, satellite servicing interfaces, and solid-state switchable magnets.. .
Beyond Earth builds small rockets to provide dedicated CubeSat launches to low-earth-orbit on short notice.
Oakman Aerospace provides products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft and satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services for customers and stakeholders. The company’s service is customized to meet the individualized needs and requirements of customers while delivering superior technological advantages.
It employs industry experts across a range of Aerospace disciplines to guarantee innovation and flight-proven service. Oakman Aerospace was founded on 2012 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado..
Skycom Corporation is an aerospace startup located in Austin, Texas. We intend to design, manufacture, and lease space on our patent-pending High Altitude Lighter-Than-Air Platforms (HALTAPs).
HALTAPs will be capable of carrying a variety of payloads, but we will focus primarily on the telecom industry, enabling wireless signal operators to economically upgrade existing networks and rapidly expand into previously inaccessible or unprofitable areas.. .
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a museum and educational facility dedicated to the development of applied science education. It has a collection of U.S.
and Russian space artifacts in the world that provides a resource for the its applied STEM education programs, which are focused on next generation science standards, common core, and college and career readiness. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is known for the display and restoration of spaceflight artifacts and educational camps.
It is one of only three museums to display flown spacecraft from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center was founded in 1962 and is based in Hutchinson, K.S..
SpaceFund invests in visionary yet practical high-growth startups addressing the multi-billion dollar space markets that will both enable and benefit from the space revolution. We don’t invest in “aerospace” and we don’t chase “swarms” of satellites or drones.
We largely avoid rockets (but we might invest in space transportation) and we don’t invest in weapons. We value integrity, humility, and pragmatism – even as we seek out the nimble, bold, and innovative.
We also don’t “fire and forget” when it comes to investing. We nurture, cultivate, and support our portfolio companies through every stage of their development..
Duxplore Inc, a Nevada Corp was conceptualized in 1998 and established in 1999. A Portion of Profits made by the Duxplore Family of Corporations is applied toward multiple charitable causes.
Including Have Hope Foundation, Utopian Society Foundation, Peregrine Veteran Foundation, CEF, and many others. From inception, Duxplore Inc, has been comprised of principles who have extensive experience in most real estate industries to include, but not limited to, real estate construction, design, planning, development, finance, mortgages, title and insurance.
In addition to constant education, the Board of Directors continue to maintain a team of Professional Individuals who are proven to be the Best in Their Respect Fields. Duxplore’s bar of excellence is set high by design so that our members constantly challenge themselves to be the best they can be.
Duxplore’s continued investment into research and development guarantees that we are equipped with the most effective and efficient systems allowing each division to meet and exceed every quarterly goal. Doing business across the North American Continent with expansion plans into Dominican Republic, Belize, Mexico, Panama and Duxplore’s proven participation model provides security, stability and direction for our members and for their families.
Nearly all transactions are fully syndicated allowing members to retain cost and interest associated with standard leveraging. As the members of Duxplore continue to align themselves with other Leaders in the fields of expansion and execution for the current business model(s); opportunities continue to abound exponentially.
We always welcome new, mutually beneficial business arrangements with new Asset & Special Asset Managers, Fund Managers, Investment Advisers and Private Wealth management advisers. The re-tooling of Duxplore’s Detroit based Hydro-Electric Generator Assembly Plant is our goal for 2nd Quarter 2014..
Made In Space
Made In Space, Inc. (“MIS”) is an innovative provider of industry-leading on-orbit space manufacturing technologies.
Redwire offers mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy. With decades of flight heritage combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to assist its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions..
Trace Matters Scientific
Trace Matters is a technology startup focused on developing next generation of mass spectrometry technologies for a variety of applications.
ASRC Federal comprises a family of companies that provide mission-critical services to federal government agencies dedicated to defense, civil and intelligence support. Our customer-focused service delivery model and emphasis on operational excellence are foundational elements infused in all our companies.
The reliability and quality of day-in, day-out service delivery from our family of companies ensure our customers that we keep our sights on their mission-critical priorities. ASRC Federal’s organizational structure includes operating groups and a Shared Services Center.
Operating Groups The three operating groups are aligned by market segment to leverage capabilities of ASRC Federal companies. Engineering and Aerospace Solutions Information and Technical Solutions Infrastructure, Logistics and Solutions Senior leaders guide the business activities and strategic direction of the operating groups.
This structure adds a level of programmatic and technical leadership to ensure our customers receive timely responses to issues and challenges, and increases our organizational effectiveness. The operating groups include independent companies that compete for government contracts based on their own company size standard.
Shared Services The Shared Services Center provides support such as finance, accounting, contract administration, procurement, information technology, legal and security. Shared services include Defense Contract Audit Agency-approved accounting and billing systems and a Defense Contracting Management Agency-certified procurement system..
Planetoid Mines Corporation
Engineering in-situ resource utilization excavation tools and robotic spacecraft for low cost missions to the Moon, Mars, and Asteroids.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center for the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecrafts and the operation of NASA’s Deep Space Network. It is currently engaged in projects such as the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Cassini–Huygens mission orbiting Saturn, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Dawn mission to the dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta, the Juno spacecraft en route to Jupiter, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) X-ray telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Its space flight operations facility and twenty-five-foot space simulator are designated national historic landmarks Jet Propulsion Laboratory is managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It was formed in October 31, 1936, based in La Cañada Flintridge, California..
Blue Canyon designs, manufactures, tests, and operates small spacecraft, including airspace components and system buses. It offers products, such as XB3 Spacecraft, XB6 Spacecraft, XB12 Spacecraft, Microsoft Spacecraft, attitude control systems, star trackers, reaction wheels, and power systems.
Blue Canyon began operation in 2008. It has its headquarters in Boulder in Colorado..
As a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Their main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.
Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and several international locations..
8 Rivers Capital
8 Rivers develops and commercializes new technologies relating to energy, water, gigabit wireless communications and industrial processes for the production of important chemicals (including H₂O, NH₃, H₂, CO, and CH₄). The earliest (and most well-known) effort is NET Power.
OffWorld is OffWorld developing a new generation of universal industrial robots to do the heavy lifting on the Moon, asteroids and Mars.They envision millions of smart robots working under human supervision on and offworld, turning the inner solar system into a better, gentler, greener place for life and civilization.They can’t simply export the 20th century heavy industrial paradigm offworld. So in pursuit of their offworld aspirations, they are reinventing how they mine, process, manufacture and build cities on Earth.
They’ve launched dozens of satellites. They’ve built air-breathing rocket engines.
They’ve built orbital spacecraft. They’ve built dozens of robots.
They’ve run global technology companies. They have run large infrastructure projects.
Collectively, they have been learning and gearing up for this challenge for 150 years.. .
York Space Systems LLC
York Space Systems designs and manufactures spacecraft platforms for its clients. The company’s product portfolio consists of S-class, S/LS-class, S/LS2-class, and S/LX2-class.
It features dedicated payload flight computers, dedicated payload mass memory units, second star trackers, and X-band high rate transmitters. York Space Systems was founded in 2015..
Leo Aerospace is building a dedicated delivery service for microsatellites. Their mission is to make it as easy to put a satellite into space as it is to ship a package across the country.
To achieve this, they’re developing a suite of services to launch on-demand to any low earth orbit. Their systems require zero fixed ground infrastructure and provide high launch frequency.
After a successful launch-test campaign at the end of 2018, they are poised to service defense and civil customers with their platform in 2020.. .
Tesseract is a provider of cost effective propulsion components and systems for in-space applications.
Space Adventures has arranged all eight of the spaceflights completed by private citizens to date. Our Orbital Spaceflight clients have flown on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station where they have lived for up to 12 days.
In total our clients have spent nearly 90 days in space, and traveled over 40 millions miles. Our previous spaceflight clients include Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, Microsoft software architect Dr.
Charles Simonyi, and famed computer game developer Richard Garriott. In addition to Orbital Spaceflight, we also offer: – a Circumlunar Spaceflight Mission which will carry two private citizens around the far side of the moon; – Suborbital Spaceflight Program where you will be able to soar to 100km, see the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space; – ZERO-G Weightless flights where you can experience true weightlessness on board our specially modified Boeing 727.
If you dream of one day flying to space yourself, Space Adventures is the company you should contact now!. .
Shuttle is the world’s first outer space travel company. Our mission is to open space up for everyone.
Shuttle is a luxury marketplace that connects people to space travel experiences enabling more commercial astronauts. A high-quality platform for consumers to easily discover and purchase commercial space flight tickets..
Bigelow Aerospace is a destination-oriented company with a focus on expandable systems for use in a variety of space applications. These NASA heritage systems provide for greater volume, safety, opportunity and economy than the aluminum alternatives.
These NASA heritage systems provide for greater volume, safety, opportunity and economy than the aluminum alternatives. Headquartered in North Las Vegas, Nevada, Bigelow’s mission is to provide affordable destinations serving many diverse uses and customers, whether those destinations are located in low Earth orbit, deep space or on a foreign body..
Integrity Applications Incorporated
Integrity Applications Inc. (IAI) is an engineering and software solutions company with a nationwide presence primarily supporting the intelligence community and other defense and civilian government customers.
IAI has specific technical and domain expertise in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems including radar, electro-optical /infrared and MASINT payloads, ground systems, imagery-based geo-positioning and targeting, photogrammetric analysis, Service Oriented Architectures, unmanned systems, and missile defense. IAI’s headquarters is in Chantilly, Virginia, with additional offices in California, Hawaii, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland..
Deep Space Systems
Deep Space Systems design, development, integration, testing, and operations of science, technology, and exploration spacecraft. The Company’s products range from integrated spacecraft to fully qualified space components to ground support equipment and software.
Its advanced engineering capabilities include design and analysis of space systems and subsystems including Structures, Mechanisms, Propulsion, Power, Thermal, Telecommunications, Avionics, Optical, and Instrumentation systems.. .
Airbus Defence & Space
Airbus Defence & Space creates innovative, effective space and defense solutions and services for their customers, driving their industry forward. Airbus Defence & Space focuses on the people they work with and for.
Airbus is a global leader in space from space exploration to satellite imagery.. .
They are a team of engineers who have once again created a company that delivers next-generation technologies to the space industry. Having a focus means sticking to what they do best and not doing the rest.
The customers that choose to work with AMERGINT know that they are helpful and easy to work with.. .
WAGNER Star Industries
Launch Systems Company that provides a firm fixed launch services price via the Quetzalcóatl Spaceplane.
MDA Information Systems
MDA Information Systems LLC (MDA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA LTD) operating as an independent U.S.
company. MDA provides efficient and advanced information solutions to government and commercial customers in four specialty areas.
The Geospatial Solutions division uses remote sensing, GIS, multi-source data, and large volume image and data processing technology to provide cutting edge intelligence and information products and analysis services. The ISR Systems division leverages MDA’s world-leading multi-mission ground system experience to provide fixed and transportable remote sensing satellite ground systems.
The Weather Services division has been providing unique weather information products and services for energy and agriculture applications for over forty years. The Sensor Systems Technologies division designs, develops, and enhances high performance ISR solutions to exploit data and provide critical information to support their customers’ needs..
Millennium Space Systems
Millennium Space Systems, a provider of agile, flight-proven small-satellite solutions.
Base2 is a provider of mission-oriented services and solutions serving the Intelligence Community, DoD, and other Government customers. Its solutions traverse cyberspace, fly in unmanned and manned aircraft, sail the seas, and orbit the earth.
Base2 specializes in the design and development of cutting-edge cyber solutions across the domains of Computer Network Operations (“CNO”), Signals Intelligence (“SIGINT”), and Quick Reaction Capability (“QRC”).Base2 Engineers are experts in designing, developing, prototyping, and deploying hardware, software, and mechanical solutions for mission-critical needs.. .
OrbitBeyond is an American lunar transportation startup and a core infrastructure provider for all things beyond earth-orbit.
Frontier Aerospace Corporation
Frontier Aerospace Corporation was incorporated in 2014 and was formerly Frontier Engineering, founded in 1997 by Jim McKinnon. Jim’s extensive background in rocket propulsion and his desire to have the freedom to innovate and explore new technologies led him to start Frontier.Frontier focuses on conceptualizing, designing and proving-out innovative in-space and launch system rocket propulsion.
They seek out government research grants and contracts as well as invest internal resources to develop innovative technology primarily in the areas of booster rocket engine components, reaction control thrusters, attitude control propulsion systems and deep space exploration thrusters.. .
EXO Technologies is taking an innovative approach by developing software based GPS solutions that enhance modern day receivers. By correcting satellite orbit error and clock error at a level never seen before, they have eliminated the inherent error sources within navigation messages.
Additionally, EXO algorithms reduce complementary errors and construct a full positioning solution.. .
SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is an aerospace engineering concept design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space transportation systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications.
SEI’s advanced concept design and development work helps their customers envision the impact of future technologies, understand the feasibility of proposed space missions, and make strategic decisions regarding future markets.. .
Gamma Alloys offers lightweight aluminum alloys, reinforced with nanotechnology. It develops the next generation of lightweight alloys.
It also patented manufacturing procedures, utilizing nanotechnology, to reinforce metal alloys, such as aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys. Its materials now display properties previously unreachable and enable applications so far unimagined.
They can deliver customized products, from extruded bars to finished, machined components. It was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Santa Clarita, California..
Hudson Space Systems
Hudson Space Systems is dedicated to accelerating the speed of scientific advancement. We believe that the current paradigm of research is artificially limiting innovation.
By providing fast and affordable access to microgravity, Hudson Space Systems empowers a broad spectrum of customers to make breakthroughs faster. STEM research from petrochemical R&D to university labs can benefit from research in microgravity.
The current launch providers servicing this market are already operating at capacity, with extremely long lead times and high prices. Hudson Space plans to leverage our launch platform to expand this market by shattering price barriers, slashing lead times, and providing end-to-end user support.
We’re developing the next generation of reusable space launch vehicles, featuring our patent-pending engine technology and high-efficiency designs, to accelerate the next wave of innovation in space.. .
Merrill Technologies Group
Merrill Technologies Group (MTG) is a privately-owned, world-class manufacturer serving the heavy equipment, energy, robotic, machine tool, aerospace and defense industries. Headquartered in Saginaw, MI, MTG is comprised of four subsidiaries with interlocking and diverse capabilities.
Our combined operations create a single-source solution for the engineering and manufacturing of specialized weldments, machined components and complex assemblies of up to 200,000 pounds and exceeding 50 feet in length. With 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space and our state-of-the-art equipment gallery, if you need to make it happen, we make it possible..
Interstellar Technologies Corporation
Interstellar is a small, veteran-owned business focused on providing innovations in design and manufacturing for propulsion and space systems. With over 120 years of experience in aerospace and mechanical engineering for advanced space systems, the Interstellar team has previously worked several high-profile Government and Commercial space programs which have included the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, the SpaceX Dragon capsule, and NASA’s Space Shuttle.
In addition, the Interstellar team has experience stemming from over ten rocket engine development and flight programs including the Space Shuttle Main Engine, Air Force Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator (IPD) engine, NASA J-2X engine, SpaceX Merlin engine, SpaceX Raptor engine, SpaceX Draco and SuperDraco, NASA Additive Manufacturing Demonstrator Engine and the PGA Engine program. The Core Team at Interstellar recently completed two years of advanced development for the Stratolaunch 200,000 pound thrust PGA Engine, which had completed several key design and hardware testing milestones which would have enabled one of the fastest large engine developments in history.
Interstellar’s mission is to expand Humanity’s presence into the solar system in our lifetimes. We intend to do this by creating and providing in-space solutions that utilize advanced manufacturing technology and design..
Phoenix Launch Systems
Phoenix Launch Systems, Inc. (DUNS # 117025293) was founded in January 2019 and is dedicated to developing launch solutions and products for the nanosatellite industry.
Our business strategy relies on three core components (launch services, cubesat hardware and software) which allow us to provide a true turnkey, end-to-end space utilization solution. Realization of our vision relies on successful development of the Phoenix cubesat-class launch vehicle.
The Phoenix nanolaunch system is a three-stage vertical launch vehicle with liquid propulsion in the first two stages and a solid propellant third stage. The design utilizes common propellants in the first two stages and a common engine design with nozzles optimized for altitude in a “plug cluster” aerospike configuration.
Phoenix utilizes a unique hydrogen peroxide-based hypergolic propellant that eliminates the need for a separate ignition system but also is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and the exhaust products are environmentally-friendly. This propellant family was fully developed and hot-fire qualified by Aphelion Orbitals, Inc.
and ARES Institute, Inc. in 2018.
We further matured the technology into Phoenix Launch Systems’ proprietary propellant mixture. The first stage is designed to be reusable using boostback, powered descent and vertical landing.
NASA Ames Research Center
Ames Research Center, one of 10 NASA field Centers, is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. For over 60 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development.
With 2500 employees and an annual budget of $900 million, Ames provides NASA with advancements in: – entry, descent and landing technologies, – information technology, – next-generation aviation improvements, – astrobiology, – airborne sciences and – small satellite programs Ames’ Key Goals 1. Maintain expertise in information technology, aerospace and aeronautics research and engineering.
2. Conduct research in space, Earth, lunar and biological sciences.
3. Develop lead status for NASA in small spacecraft missions.
4. Expand public and private partnerships.
5. Contribute innovative, high performance and reliable exploration technologies.
VACCO Industries provides intelligent fluid control solutions for propulsion and life support systems. The company manufactures specialty valves, filters, and advanced fluid control products that deliver innovative engineered solutions to critical missions for defense, space, and commercial markets.
VACCO Industries maintains an effective management system to guarantee that the products and services meet all specified customer requirements. VACCO Industries was founded on 1954 and is headquartered in South El Monte, California..
Pioneer Astronautics is a research and development company inventing technologies to advance humanity’s reach into space and to improve life on Earth. The company’s innovative team has proven successful in demonstrating a series of dramatic innovations that have the potential to open up radical new capabilities for space exploration systems.
In addition, it has extensive experience with research and development contract work with tight schedules.. .
Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Tour behind the scenes, meet a real astronaut, get up close with Atlantis, walk beneath a moon rocket.
Grid energy on-the-go. The grid holds vast, clean, low-cost energy.
Until now, there’s been no practical method to tap the grid while moving at high speed. Electric Sky is changing that, developing new techniques for transmitting higher energy over longer distances.
We’re exploring power-hungry applications like space launch, electric aircraft, UAMs (Urban Air Mobility vehicles), UAVs (drones), electric trucks & cars, UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles), robotics, handheld power tools, and portable consumer electronic devices. Our customers will appreciate lower costs; the planet will appreciate zero emissions..
Avenge is a defense & space company that offers aviation flight operations and training services.
Global Air Logistics and Training
Global Air Logistics and Training is an innovative airborne systems delivering warfighter focused solutions. GALT provides simple, effective information capabilities to support all levels of war and to drive information to the lowest levels possible, enabling faster decision cycles and decisive results.
GALT uniquely focuses on architecture (not product) solutions, effective open systems integration, and rapid prototyping, fielding, and operations.. .
Advanced Rockets Corporation
Advanced Rockets Corporation is an aerospace company with a focus on hypersonic flight systems.
Katalyst Space Technologies
Katalyst Space Technologies leverages numerous in-house innovations and a culture that promotes creativity, value generation, and a relentless pursuit of improvement to build solutions that will enable tomorrow’s space economy to thrive. Katalyst Space Technologies has created a new innovative satellite mission architecture.
Now they’re focused on developing new hardware that will serve as the foundation of next-generation satellite buses to deliver mission flexibility and increased technology relevance of the space segment.. .
Dayton T. Brown
Dayton T. Brown, Inc is the largest and most thoroughly equipped independent engineering and testing laboratory in the U.S.
As an A2LA (Cert Nos. 0767.01, 0767.02, 0767.03) and NVLAP (EC&T and Body Armor) accredited testing lab, we stand apart from the rest by providing a full spectrum of dynamic, structural, environmental, electro-magnetic, fatigue, ballistics, metallurgical engineering, program engineering and testing services that your project needs, with the innovation, integrity and dependability that you deserve; all under one roof and working 24/7..
Bastion Technologies Strength, Performance, Innovation The concept of a “Bastion” is derived from a fortified stronghold designed to withstand great forces. In a similar way, Bastion Technologies provides its customers solutions to structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering; laboratory and developmental shop challenges to further Their nation’s success as a leader in research and technology.
Although They are a small disadvantaged business, Their projects range from supporting engineering, operations, manufacturing, and fabrication of major International Space Station segments to creating designs for small robotic components. Their small company atmosphere adds to Their ability to provide cost-effective solutions based on Their lean management structure, sound corporate infrastructure, and steady financial growth..
Universities Space Research Association
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, non-profit research corporation focused on advancing space science and technology. It works across disciplines, including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.
It also engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver forward-looking solutions to federal agencies and other government sponsors. Universities Space Research was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland..
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020.
CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. The CASIS goal is to bring the magic of space down to earth..
Applied Defense Solutions
Applied Defense Solutions, an aerospace engineering, software development and space situational awareness company.
Braxton Science & Technology Group
Braxton Science & Technology Group provides command and control, data transport and security, and technical staffing solutions.
United Space Alliance
United Space Alliance (USA) is a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT). Formed in 1996, it consolidated more than 30 heritage contracts that supported the Space Shuttle Program.
Their successes include work on the Space Flight Operations contract (SFOC) and its follow-on, the Space Program Operations Contract (SPOC) as well as the Integrated Mission Operations Contract (IMOC). Under these contracts, USA served as NASA’s primary industry partner in human space operations for the day-to-day management of the Space Shuttle fleet, and the planning, training and operations for 55 Space Shuttle missions and more than 35 International Space Station (ISS) increments.
Under IMOC, USA supported the long-term use of the ISS, crew and cargo transportation solutions. They are proud of Their long, outstanding performance record and history of exceptional customer support..
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