Space Tug Company Wins Space Florida Innovation Prize

A Florida company working on developing a reusable space tug was one of two winners of the 2017 Florida VentureTech Showcase and the Space Florida Accelerating Innovation prize on Nov. 16.

Weintraus, Inc., of Daytona Beach, was awarded $25,000 in the competition, which attracted 17 Florida-based companies drawn from a pool of more than 70 applicants, Space Florida said in a press release. The 17 finalists made presentations to a group of investors and entrepreneurs in Boca Raton.

Weintraus’ Hercules II space tug will be “capable of capturing, servicing, refueling, and maneuvering multiple spacecraft in orbit,” the company says on its website. “Weintraus’ ability to resupply Hercules multiple times annually with cargo and fuel, while also having the ability to upgrade Hercules’technology via resupply missions, leads to a competitive advantage over competition. Hercules’ unique design also allows Weintraus to upgrade Hercules to become adaptable to multiple markets through simple resupply missions.”

Tellus, Inc., of Deerfield Beach, won the other $25,000 prize in the competition. The company “provides comprehensive solutions to extend healthcare beyond the hospital walls.”

  • windbourne

    Far out (so to speak).
    This is EXACTLY what is needed.
    Hopefully, they have a docking station on one end for pushing Axiom or BA330s.