US Air Force Awards Tech Study Contract to York Space Systems, MSU Denver

York Space Systems production facility in Denver. Photo: York Space Systems

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer study contract to York Space Systems, in conjunction with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). The project will investigate delivering high-performance space capabilities at a low cost and minimal wait time, using leading-edge commercial space technology.

The STTR program funds research and development for companies and higher education institutions like York Space Systems and MSU Denver, who can deliver innovative technology applications to advance the mission of the Air Force. Over the course of the study, York will leverage its operational spacecraft and open-standard payload interfaces to work in tandem with MSU Denver, applying its commercial software and tools to optimize space imagery from York’s low-cost Earth Observation (EO) spacecraft being built for commercial customers.

“This program is not only beneficial to the future of the Air Force but is a chance for York and MSU Denver to demonstrate the value of this unique partnership and the cutting-edge space technology we can provide to the New Space industry,” said Melanie Preisser, vice president of national systems at York Space Systems. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity given to us by the Air Force and look forward to our continued success working with MSU Denver.”

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