Military Embedded Systems

Space innovation contract awarded to York Space Systems


June 23, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

DENVER, Colo. York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacturer of standardized spacecraft platforms, in conjunction with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer research (STTR) contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The company claims that the project will investigate delivering high-performance space capabilities at low cost and minimal wait time, using 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 aim to 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 spacecraft being built for commercial customers.

As part of the study, MSU Denver's Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science is creating a Laboratory for Enhanced Space Data Analytics, which will house automated test software and initial analytics for imagery products. MSU Denver will use the laboratory to allow students to perform studies and analyses of promising commercial image enhancement approaches.

York recently received another contract from NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) for satellite mission and instrument design analysis. This builds upon York Space Systems' recent announcement of its Hydra Mission Series that is designed to accelerate new technology insertion and advance component and payload technology readiness for the broader industry.