Andrews Space Expands 100 Series Avionics for NanoSat and Suborbital Applications

Seattle, WA (Andrews Space PR) —
Andrews Space announces the formal launch of several new products in its 100 Series avionics suite, which is targeted for CubeSats, NanoSats and the emerging suborbital market.

Andrews Space (Andrews) has been developing an integrated suite of CubeSat form factor cards that conform to the 10×10 cm cross section of a CubeSat standard. This avionics suite features a high performance flight computer, subsystem controller, communications card, instrumentation card, motor / valve driver board and an electrical power system.


Andrews Space and ISIS to Offer SENTRY NanoSat Bus to International Customers

Logan, Utah (Andrews Space PR) — August 9, 2011: Andrews Space (Andrews) and ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space BV (ISIS) –  announced today that they have teamed to offer the SENTRY Nanospacecraft platform to international customers.

Andrews has developed the SENTRY NanoSat platform for spacecraft that range from a 3U CubeSat up to a 40 kg NanoSat. In addition, Andrews and ISIS are both developers of CubeSat and NanoSat subsystems, including the Andrews 100 Series of avionics components and the ISIS line of radios, power system elements, spacecraft structures and the ISIPOD series spacecraft dispenser. Under this joint marketing agreement Andrews and ISIS will jointly market a version of the SENTRY spacecraft to international customers that leverages the respective strengths and components of the two companies.


Spaceflight Services Teams Up With Dutch Company

A CubeSat

Spaceflight Services (Spaceflight) and Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILaunch) announced today that they have teamed to create a global spaceflight services provider for small and secondary payloads.

Spaceflight and ISILaunch currently offer spaceflight services on a variety of orbital and suborbital vehicles for small and secondary payloads, with operations centered in the United States (US) and Europe respectively. Under this joint marketing agreement Spaceflight and ISILaunch will provide a global spaceflight service for the launch of small and secondary payloads by jointly marketing a combined set of products and services to prospective customers.

Andrews Space Part of Winning NASA Lunar Data Team


Seattle, WA – Jan 5, 2010 Andrews Space announced today that it is part of the winning Rocket City Space Pioneers Team selected by NASA to provide critical data moon mission data.

The Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-based Google Lunar X PRIZE team, is one of only three organizations selected to supply flight component test data to NASA through its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data contract. In October, NASA’s Johnson Space Center made the contract award to six teams, including Dynetics (RCSP), out of 20 total teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The ILDD teams will provide data to NASA to enable the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems. Of the six selected for the original contract, three were down-selected for this first task order, which will allow RCSP to provide NASA with critical data from the hot fire test of a candidate rocket engine system and lunar rover system.


Andrews Space Works on Aerocapture System for Planetary Probes, ISS Cargo Return

NASA recently announced that it would be conducting contract negotiations for 350 projects under its SBIR and STTR programs, which are aimed at promoting space technology development and transfer by small businesses. Parabolic Arc will be looking at a number of the proposals involving NewSpace companies that it regularly covers or which encompass interesting technologies.

This post takes a look at a hypersonic entry system for spacecraft aerocapture that is being developed by Andrews Space. The system could be used for spacecraft sent to other worlds as well as cargo return by space freighters such as Cygnus, ATV and HTV.


Jason Andrews to Appear on The Space Show

The Space Show for this week….

Monday, October 18, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome Dr. Chris Koehler, Chair of National Council of Space Grant Directors & Director of Colorado Space Grant. Joining him will be students Shawn Carroll and Emily Logan. .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT: We welcome Dr. Robert Fitts, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Fitts is the PI on the recently released study in the Journal of Physiology detailing muscle wasting in astronauts.

Friday, October 22 , 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT: We welcome back Jason Andrews of Andrews Space and Technology.

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT. There is no program today as I am traveling to UND for teaching and more.

Tim Pickens Leads Powerhouse Group into the Google Lunar X Prize

Sept. 7, 2010

Today, the Rocket City Space Pioneers – a group of Huntsville businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations – announced their official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, Team Rocket City Space Pioneers is comprised of seven organizations and is among twenty-three teams from a dozen countries that are registered in the competition.

The Rocket City Space Pioneers, led by Huntsville-based company Dynetics and comprised of Huntsville partners Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation, will compete for the Google Lunar X PRIZE with their lunar lander. Leading the team is Tim Pickens, Dynetics’ chief propulsion engineer. No stranger to space competition, Pickens was also the lead propulsion engineer for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE winning SpaceShipOne team.


Andrews Space: Thinking Outside the (Small) Box


Space-vehicle design firm Andrews Space focuses on smaller products
Puget Sound Business Journal

A small Seattle designer of innovative outer space vehicles is staying competitive by thinking smaller, and by adapting itself to the increased emphasis on science research brought in by the Obama administration.


Andrews Space Completes New Mission Control, Integration Lab



Andrews Space, Inc. (Andrews) announced today the completion of a new integration lab, mission control center, and flat floor to support spacecraft integration and hardware in the loop testing. The new facilities are part of a planned expansion at its Andrews Rapid Prototyping Lab, an 11,000 square foot facility located south of Seattle in Tukwilla, Washington.