One of the early stops in my career found me working as a principal engineer at Ford Aerospace. Even then, I knew space held the potential for paydays. Little did I realize that the commercial space industry was going to help sustain Arizona’s economy for years to come in Arizona.
Jim Cantrell, founder and CEO of Tucson-based Phantom Space, has already established himself as a luminary in the aerospace industry, but he wants to cement his legacy by changing the way businesses get into space.
Blue Origin, the space exploration company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, announced plans to build a mixed-use space station on Oct. 25, and Arizona State University is set to play an essential role in bringing the project to life. The space station, called Orbital Reef, will operate as a privately owned, mixed-use business park in low Earth orbit with room for researchers, industrial users, tourists, international visitors and commercial customers to set up shop in space.
In a move that acknowledges its excellence and expertise in R&D for numerical simulation and 3D printing, PADT today announced NASA has awarded a $375,000 Phase III Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for PADT to collaborate with Penn State University. The partners will expand research into thermo-fluid and structural design optimization to provide engineers who design next generation launch and space crafts with better ways to design more robust and efficient structures that experience loading fluids, forces, vibration, and temperatures.
Grant Anderson, President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, gives advice on retaining a strong, creative and productive workforce and what’s in store for the company’s future.
Moderated by Phoenix Business Radio Owner & President Karen Nowicki, a group of experts from Lowell Observatory, World View Enterprises and the Arizona Spaceport Alliance discussed how Arizona’s ever-growing innovation in astronomy, planetary science, space research and aerospace technology is changing the world we live in and enabling scientists, physicists and astronomers to better understand the mysteries of our galaxy.
The Arizona Technology Council’s July 2020 Tech Sector Series event featured a distinguished panel of experts from leading space technology companies, including Freefall Aerospace, Arizona Spaceport Alliance, University of Advancing Technology and Viasat as they discussed how space technology is exponentially changing the world we live in. Moderated by Stephen Fleming, VP of Strategic Business Initiatives at The University of Arizona, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.