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Oakman Aerospace Inc., OEI Opto AG, and BridgeSat, Inc. Announce Collaboration for “Total Optical Communications Package”

Denver, Zurich, and Boston (Aug 17, 2016) — Today, Oakman Aerospace, Inc., OEI Opto AG, and BridgeSat, Inc., announced a collaboration to work towards developing optical communication systems capabilities, utilizing the OEI OPTEL-μ® miniature laser terminal, BridgeSat’s developing global optical communications ground network, and the Oakman Aerospace mission analysis and modeling capabilities.

Under this collaboration, Oakman Aerospace, OEI, and BridgeSat plan to work towards offering a total optical communications package that reliably provides secure and effective data delivery for satellite operators at a higher rate than typical RF systems.

Oakman Aerospace is a pioneer of rapid and responsive space technologies, and has developed mission analysis and integrated atmospheric modeling and simulations that are well suited for the complexities of optical communications mission planning.

OEI is a supplier of opto-electronic products for the space industry in Europe, and is developing a high performance, micro sized optical terminal for small/micro-satellites, known as the OPTEL-μ® miniature laser terminal.

BridgeSat is developing and deploying an expansive optical communications ground network that will be compatible with the OEI OPTEL-μ® laser terminal, and will be able to utilize the analysis performed by Oakman Aerospace.

“We are pleased to be able to provide satellite operators our high-performance laser terminals, which offer higher data rates than other RF communications solution. This partnership with BridgeSat and Oakman Aerospace ensures that the operators’ valuable data can be downlinked reliably,” said Elisabetta Rugi, General Manager of OEI.

“Our collaboration will ensure optical communication mission success for satellite operators, who can benefit from the high fidelity analysis that will be performed by Oakman Aerospace, and validated together with OEI and BridgeSat,” said Stanley Kennedy Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer of Oakman Aerospace.

“This collaboration will leverage each party’s expertise and technologies to enable us to effectively and efficiently support satellite operators in their efforts to handle the accelerating demand and quantity of data being transmitted from LEO satellites,” said John Serafini, co-General Manager of BridgeSat. “Overcoming the issues of traditional radio-frequency downlink of data has the potential to solve a problem that has long plagued hardware and satellite manufacturers.”

OAI Celebrates 4th Year in Business and Many More to Come!

Today, July 15, is a typical day at the office for most OAI employees, but for CEO Maureen O'Brien and President Stanley Kennedy, today is a special day. Four years ago on July 15, Oakman Aerospace was born into the aerospace industry. "Back then we had a lot of ideas that we knew would make us successful and today we are able to see those ideas and dreams as realities" (Maureen O'Brien).

From an office of 7 employees in 2012, to an office of now 11 in 2016, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. continues to grow exponentially each year that we are in business. From new partnerships with New Space Systems in South Africa, to continuing STEM outreach with the Metropolitan State University of Denver, OAI remains relentless in our goal to become bigger and better each year. In 4 short years we have added a handful of new employees to our team who have helped us accomplish more that we could have ever imagined.

In 2015 we were voted as a top 50 Colorado Company to Watch, as well as one of the top 250 privately owned companies. OAI President and Chief Systems Engineer, Stanley Kennedy, Jr., started off 2016 with a bang when he was invited to be a Colorado Space Business Roundtable board member. In addition to his new responsibility with the CSBR, Stan continues to serve as technical chair for the Frank J. Redd Student Competition  at the Small Satellite Conference held in Logan, UT every year. Stan and Maureen also had the opportunity to set up an Oakman Aerospace, Inc. booth at the 4S Symposium, held in Valletta, Malta, a first for OAI! We are only halfway through 2016, but cannot wait to see what is in store for us in our 5 year of business!

OAI Hosts CSBR Interns for Afternoon of Education, Fun and Hands-on Learning

Littleton, Colorado – On June 29th, Oakman Aerospace Inc. hosted 24 Colorado Space Business Roundtable Summer Interns at their Littleton facility. The afternoon was spent engaging the interns through education, outreach, and hands-on problem solving. The interns had the opportunity to tour OAI’s clean room and integration laboratory to see the projects currently underway, gain career advice from President and Chief Systems Engineer Stanley Kennedy, Jr., as well as compete to design a 1U CubeSat mission that maximized capability while minimizing cost.
Ryan McCormick (current OAI Summer Intern & CSBR Summer Intern) and Neil Friedman (OAI Software Engineer, previous OAI Summer Intern, and previous CSBR Summer Interns), organized the hands-on challenge. “We wanted to give real-life scenarios to the interns to highlight the difficulty most aerospace engineers face every day. Programs are full of decisions to cut costs or increase capability and the students were able to get a taste of that dilemma through these demonstrations”. – Ryan McCormick
OAI enjoys being able to be a part of the CSBR Summer Intern program and continues to look for ways to enhance and increase STEM outreach for developing the next generation of space enthusiasts.
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a veteran, woman-owned small business focused on total end-to-end space systems engineering providing: rapid and responsive space system architectures, modular spacecraft/satellite design & development, mission/payload and data distribution services, and, specialized RF phenomenology, products and services.
Colorado Space Business Round Table is a non-profit corporation promoting the growth of space and space-related industry in Colorado for existing and entrepreneurial businesses and activities; function as a business organization, develop and strengthen relationships among all members of the Colorado high technology community; to serve as a forum for the presentation and exchange of vital business-building information; support educational initiatives designed to satisfy Colorado high tech employment needs; help attract more space related businesses to Colorado, act as and facilitate the growth of said organizations and if needed offer CSBR as a tool for the success of that organization; CSBR also sponsors programs and seminars on subjects relating to the forgoing.

Oakman Aerospace signs MoU with NewSpace Systems

Denver, CO. USA; Cape Town, South Africa (May 31st, 2016) – Oakman Aerospace, Inc., USA, Signs Strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and is pursuing a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with NewSpace Systems Pty LTD, South Africa.

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) and NewSpace Systems Pty LTD (NSS), global leaders in rapid and responsive space systems and services announces that they have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and are in the process of negotiating a Master Service Agreement (MSA) to cooperate in evaluating, designing, developing and producing modular, open-systems architecture (MOSA) systems, spacecraft, space components, and mission/payloads for government, commercial, and academic applications and their related technologies, products, services, and mission solutions primarily in the United States, and across the globe.

OAI and NSS signed the MoU on May 30th, 2016. OAI and NSS are actively pursuing a Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) through the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to support the MoU and future MSA/Task Orders.

Stanley Kennedy, President and Chief Systems Engineer for OAI, commented on the MoU with the following: “Oakman Aerospace is very excited for this opportunity to work with NewSpace Systems in developing and advancing Modular, open-systems architecture and leveraging the competitive advantage this agreement brings to the United States and world markets. OAI and NSS look forward to providing the best possible engineering products and services for their academic, government, and industry partners.”

James Barrington-Brown, CEO of NewSpace Systems, stated “With NewSpace’s market leading product solutions for the SmallSat market, widely recognized through a multitude of International sales, it is a logical next step to focus more directly on the most significant SmallSat community, which is in the USA. Given their similarities in size, experience and strategic outlook, OAI makes the perfect partner for our next stage of company investment and growth”

For more information:
NewSpace Systems Pty Ltd
James Barrington Brown, CEO
+27 21 300 0160
Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Stanley Kennedy, President/CSE
+1 303-904-6060


Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a veteran, woman-owned small business focused on total end-to-end space systems engineering providing: rapid and responsive space system architectures, modular spacecraft/satellite design & development, mission/payload and data distribution services, and, specialized RF phenomenology, products and services.
NewSpace Systems is a privately owned small business with facilities in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. It focusses on lean engineering solutions to produce high performance yet economical products aimed at high reliability SmallSat missions and constellations. All products are manufactured to European Space Agency standards, utilizing space approved materials, and radiation tolerant COTS components to achieve >5year LEO lifetimes.

OAI Executive Vice President, Stan Kennedy Sr, Presents Keynote Address to 74 Academic Excellence Honorees

Mackinac Island, MI– On May 12, 2016, OAI Executive Vice President, Stan Kennedy Sr., presented a keynote address to 74 graduating high school seniors from 10 Eastern Upper Peninsula(MI) school districts at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. These seniors received Academic Excellence Awards, based upon a combination of their ACT scores and grade point averages. Awards were presented by the Secondary Principals’ Association to each student, followed by an enjoyable Buffet Luncheon at the Grand Hotel.

Traditionally, the Keynote Speaker is selected by the Seconday Principals’ Association from former graduates of their school districts. Stan, Sr. graduated from Pickford Public Schools district in 1952 as class valedictorian. His keynote address message focused on the mindset and attitudes he found most valuable in transitioning from a small rural high school, senior class of 29 graduates, to a large university of 26,000 students; and entering the technologically-challenging world of nuclear weapons, missiles and satellite systems—highlighting some of his rewarding moments in these STEM career fields.
A most interesting side note; nearly 25 percent of these graduating seniors announced plans to pursue studies in STEM-related and medical career fields. STEM has always been a priority for Stan,Sr and the entire OAI staff; we feel it is incumbent upon all of us to keep students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics so they can continue to understand the changing world around them and help drive innovation.

Oakman Aerospace Organizational Announcement

Littleton, CO -  On March 9 and 10, 2016 the Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Board of Directors (BoD) held their annual meeting. The agenda was filled with discussion and actions on a wide-range of topics that will continue to keep OAI competitive in the New Space marketplace. One of the more significant actions from the Annual BoD meeting was the appointment of Ms. Maureen S. O'Brien as OAI's Chairwoman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective March 9, 2016.  In this role Ms. O'Brien will be responsible for strategic direction and long-range planning for Oakman Aerospace, Inc.  Maureen has been instrumental in OAI's early successes, and both Stan, Sr. and Stan Jr. are confident the corporation's future under her adept leadership will be bright.  Mr. Stanley O. Kennedy, Sr. will remain on the board in the role of Executive Vice President.  The OAI BoD is grateful for Stan, Sr.'s leadership of the organization during the initial start-up phases and looks forward to continued support and insight that leverages well over 40 years of experience in Space and High-Technology areas of expertise.  Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. will continue on the OAI BoD as the President and Chief Systems Engineer responsible for the day-to-day execution of OAI business operations.

OAI President, Stanley Kennedy Jr, Presents Virtual Session for STEM Outreach

Littleton, CO– On February 24, 2016 OAI President, Stanley Kennedy Jr., presented a video session to students from Lively Elementary in Irving, TX. The session, titled “Objects in the Sky,” helped Lively Elementary 2nd graders answer key questions:
  • Where does the Moon go during the day?
  • Where does the Sun go at night?
  • Does the Moon have its own light?
  • Why does the shape of the Moon appear to change during the month?
  • Why don’t we see the other side of the moon?
Using Nepris, a free online, video-conference tool that connects industry professionals and educators, Stanley was able to give a live presentation to students as well as ask and answer questions. As stated on the Nepris website (, “Students gain early exposure to high tech professionals and related job skills so they can connect what they learn in the classroom to real people and real careers that they can aspire for. Nepris platform can help integrate this kind of exposure into the classroom on a regular basis instead of just once a year, on career days!” According to the Nepris site, 57% of boys and 68% of girls who chose a high tech career say they were inspired by a person or a class during the middle or high school years. STEM has always been a priority to Stanley and the entire OAI staff; we feel it is incumbent upon all of us to keep kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics so they can continue to understand the changing world around them and drive innovation. “You have to find the ‘hook’, the spark that will get a child interested in science, technology, engineering, and math;” states Kennedy, “and then build upon that to help them set and reach their goals.” He goes on to say, “Nepris brings STEM to the kids and shows them ‘cool things’ they wouldn’t normally get to see; it opens up enormous opportunities.”

For more information on Nepris, please visit their website at:
To view “Objects in the Sky” follow the links below:
Session Summary:
Original Video Session:!sessions/view/45749

Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 4, 2016) — Representatives from a coalition of 13 leading U.S. space organizations have produced a white paper entitled “Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space.”

The coalition includes aerospace professionals from industry, academia and government, who joined together to outline issues every presidential and congressional candidate needs to know about space to ensure that space and space policy are a priority in the next administration.

For nearly 60 years, U.S. government and private sector investment and partnerships in space have been critical to the nation and our world. They make possible a $330 billion global space industry, establish new technologies, revolutionize national security, enable and extend our global communication networks, help us understand our own planet better and inspire millions of Americans to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Yet there still remain serious challenges to U.S. leadership in space that the next administration and congress will have to address. The white paper outlines the challenges that the U.S. space program faces, including unpredictable budgeting, foreign competition and workforce trends. In addition to detailing the challenges, the paper explores sensible policy recommendations to address and overcome them, actions necessary to continue our nation’s leadership in space.
The paper was introduced today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and presented on behalf of the coalition by:
  • Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, executive director of AIAA
  • Elliot H. Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation
  • Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Coalition members, in addition to AIAA, Commercial Spaceflight Foundation, and the Space Foundation, are: Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace States Association, American Astronautical Society, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, Colorado Space Coalition, Satellite Industry Association, Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable, Space Angels Network, Space Florida, and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Read the paper online at
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestTwitterGoogle+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

Colorado Companies to Watch 2015 Winners

  OAI was honored to attend the Colorado Companies to Watch Gala Awards Dinner on June 5, 2015! Watch the video to learn more about the 2015 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners and the economic impact they are having on Colorado.  

OAI Announced Colorado Companies to Watch 2015 Winner!

June 08, 2015
Contact: Karen Goodman
Phone: 303-904-6060
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Named a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner
Littleton, CO – Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) announced today that it has been named a 2015 Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence, and influence of OAI as a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.
“We are pleased to recognize Oakman Aerospace, Inc. for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado. Thank you, Oakman Aerospace, Inc.” says David Tolson, Colorado Companies to Watch Board Chairman.
“Oakman Aerospace, Inc. is honored to receive this award.” says Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Co-Founder of OAI. “The OAI team is a great bunch of talented individuals and work tirelessly to promote Colorado Aerospace products and services to our customers, suppliers, teammates, and stakeholders around the World.”
Colorado Companies to Watch works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization. By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities, and regions, as well as our state as a whole.
About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.      
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. ( is a pioneer of rapid and responsive space technologies that are transforming our industry. We provide quality space systems solutions quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Through innovation and excellence, we collaborate locally, domestically, and internationally to help our customers and teammates realize their goals in space.
About Colorado Companies to Watch 
Colorado Companies to Watch ( is a unique statewide awards program recognizing growing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors 2nd stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and launch new industries throughout Colorado. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

Denver Post Article: OAI Supports Local High School with ISS Project

OAI is proud to support Chatfield High School engineering students with "The Green Machine," scheduled to go up to the International Space Station in June! To read more about their impressive project and success, click here.

Help OAI Receive a $100,000 Chase Grant - Vote Now!


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May 11, 2015


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Local Business, Oakman Aerospace, Inc., needs support to be moved on to the next step for a $100,000 Grant from Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants®

Help OAI Grow by Voting Online Before June 19!


Littleton, CO – Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), a veteran-owned, local business specializing in disruptive technologies based in modular open system architectures, has applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase’s, Mission Main Street Grants®. OAI must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules ( Customers, fans and community members can show support for OAI by voting at using Facebook Connect.

The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer at OAI, said, “OAI has been a Small Business Client of Chase since we opened our doors. These types of initiatives are critical to local job creation and new product development activities that support New Space activities and STEM outreach efforts around the World.”

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small businesses across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.

The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants


About Mission Main Street Grants

Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.


About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

Oakman Aerospace is a pioneer of rapid and responsive space technologies that are transforming our industry. We provide quality space systems solutions quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Through innovation and excellence, we collaborate locally, domestically, and internationally to realize space for our customers and the world.

OAI will remain a world leader in modular and open standard space solutions and continue providing the most rapid and reconfigurable space simulation and testing environments. Our rapid and responsive solutions will lower cost and complexity while delivering high reliability and performance allowing us to maximize the value for current users and open doors for new comers to space.