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Teledyne Brown Engineering and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. to Partner on MUSES & ISS Commercialization


By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - August 11, 2017

Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) announce a partnership centered on the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) which was launched on June 3, 2017 and is currently operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS).   This platform was developed as part of a cooperative agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering and NASA and will provide opportunities for imaging, technology demonstration, and space qualification payloads supporting commercial, research, scientific studies, and humanitarian efforts.

Accommodating up to four payloads simultaneously, MUSES offers the ability to robotically change, upgrade, and service instruments placed aboard the ISS. In cooperation with NASA, MUSES payloads have the unique ability to returned= to earth allowing for post-mission analysis and preservation of investment through the reusability of the instrument and canister.

In order to minimize instrument modifications and reduce time to launch, Teledyne Brown Engineering is working with OAI  to develop a rapid integration, standard interface that will reduce customer cost and integration time.  The standard interface will enable communication from payloads to MUSES and the ISS environment without modification or re-design.  OAI’s interface can also be configured to support standard satellite busses if a free-flyer mission is the customer’s ultimate goal.

Customers will develop a sensor or component’s interfaces to support its intended mission.   Leveraging OAI’s modular and open-system architectures background, the hardware will seamlessly integrate the payload into the MUSES environment.  Customers receive the benefit of accelerated development, by the use of a technology demonstration flight, without the penalty of additional design effort or increased risk.

About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. is a private, woman veteran-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. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About Teledyne Brown Engineering

Teledyne Brown Engineering is an industry leader in full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions for harsh environments for the space, defense, energy, and marine industries.  For over six decades the company has successfully delivered innovative systems, integration, operations and technology development worldwide. For more information about Teledyne Brown Engineering visit:  www.tbe.com

About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics and engineered systems.  Teledyne Technologies has multiple operations in the United States and worldwide.  More information about Teledyne Technologies can be found at www.teledyne.com
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After-School Rocketry Program Takes Flight

STEM Education from OAI Interns

By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - August 3, 2017

Jaquelyn Romano is going through a pre-launch checklist, looking over the rocket, its payload, and ground station equipment. The University of Colorado Boulder aerospace senior is working with fellow student Lucas Droste as they prepare for a key mission: STEM Education.

The pair are launching a three foot model rocket as part of a middle school aerospace curriculum they are designing as interns at Littleton-based Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI). The aerospace startup founded in 2012 focuses on modeling and simulation applications for small satellite systems. Although K-12 learning is not their main business function, it is a high priority for the company to continue to foster more opportunities to get the next generation involved in STEM fields and careers.

While headquartered in Colorado, they saw significant shortcomings in Michigan, where one of their board members lives. This led OAI to partner with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium to provide educational opportunities for under-privileged regions within the school district.

"Michigan, as a state, is very oriented toward automotive manufacturing, not aerospace. We wanted to show kids that the same fundamentals of STEM that are in automotive engineering are abundant in other advanced industries as well, and that they can be a part of it,” says Alex Dunn, an OAI Aerospace Engineer.
Similarly, even in aerospace-rich Colorado, which has the second largest aerospace economy in the country, Romano says it is not something most kids learn about in school.

"We didn't do anything with space or aeronautics when I was younger," she says.

Droste agrees, noting his only exposure was in the Boy Scouts, where they launched model rockets. However, the curriculum he and Romano have written is far more involved than what is done in Scouting or even by model rocketry aficionados.

This is not a case of simply igniting an Estes rocket motor with a spark from a few AA batteries, it is a full system design and project based learning curriculum that culminates in a model rocket payload launch to collect flight data for analysis.

"We're hoping to build excitement about aerospace and teach students a little bit about software and electronics," Romano says.

The program is a nine week after-school program that teaches middle-high school aged students about the basics of programming, electronic circuits, and aerospace mechanics. By incorporating computer programming, mobile devices, and a rocket payload of small instruments, Droste and Romano have created a curriculum that boils down college level concepts to middle school comprehension. It begins by establishing the fundaments of computer programming and electronics and progresses through rocket building and payload integration for a final test flight.

“The final test flight includes a payload of sensors to track the flight path of the rocket, air pressure, altitude, temperature, and also has an accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope to collect data to be analyzed by the students post launch,” Droste says.

In addition, the launch itself uses new technology. Students will program a small computer that controls the launch, and actually use their cell phones to wirelessly initiate the countdown.

"We want kids to know smart phones are not just for Candy Crush. You can do cool things once you know how to get into the base code," Dunn says.

The lesson plan, electronics, and assorted parts will soon go to three schools in the EUPISD, with the goal of further expansion if the program does well.  After Michigan, OAI President and Chief Systems Engineer Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. says they have plans to bring the curriculum to Colorado and eventually nationwide.

“The whole goal of programs like these are to allow youth opportunities to create their own future with the technology that is around us. Giving them the tools to do so is the first step to creating global citizens with an eye for solving the biggest obstacles that await us today and tomorrow,” Kennedy says.
The curriculum development has been just one part of Romano and Droste’s summer internships. Dunn says they have also worked extensively with company’s space modeling and simulation technology as well as product engineering. OAI. considers their summer internships more than just a learning tool for up-and-coming engineers, but rather an opportunity to give real hands-on experience to the future of the industry.
“As a startup, we treat internships as an extended interview process, and hire interns with the intent to bring them into a full time position,” Dunn says, adding that Droste and Romano have been exceptional. “Since we have begun hosting an internship program, this summer has been by far the best yet!”
 
Further questions regarding the program and internships can be directed to info@oak-aero.com or through www.oak-aero.com.
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August 2017 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - August 2, 2017

August 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

Launching Into Small Satellite 2017

As the summer comes to a close, OAI is proud to highlight the accomplishments of our summer interns Jaquelyn and Lucas. They have worked hard all summer on STEM outreach, research and develeopment, and new opportunities happening at OAI. We want to show our appreciation to them and their hardwork in this newsletter and announce that OAI is exhibiting for the first time at the 31st Small Satellite Conference in Logan, UT! We hope you will stop by our booth (#13) or share on social media! Thanks for your support and we are proud of all the things going on at OAI!

First Exhibition at 31st Annual Small Satellite Conference

This year’s 31st Small Satellite Conference, in Logan, Utah, USA, will feature a live demonstration of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.’s (OAI) Advanced Configurable Open-Research Network (ACORN) interfacing with a New Space Systems, South Africa, Reaction Wheel Assembly (RWA), to demonstrate how Modular Open-System Architectures (MOSA) are changing the way the world operates in space. OAI’s ACORN product is a scalable, closed-loop, end-to-end mission modeling and simulation platform that enables detailed design, development, and test capabilities throughout the mission life-cycle (Concept Definition through Mission Operations). The system is designed to be modular and is capable of running hardware-in-the-loop, 100% simulated, or a mixture of hardware and simulated components to be able to conduct mission/payload trades and analyses.  ACORN has a vast array of analytical tools and benchmarking software suites that monitor functional and performance aspects of the processor/backplane, sensor/effector, and dynamic/ephemeris data.   Through MOSA design, ACORN also allows for quickly integrating components as will be demonstrated with the New Space Systems RWA at the conference (OAI Booth #13). This demonstration highlights the new partnership between OAI and NSS to assist in bring world class parts manufactured in South Africa into the U.S. market. By leveraging current Intellectual Property and synergies between OAI and NSS, the parties plan to deliver rapid and responsive products and services that support the modular development of small satellite systems, sub-systems and components for greater quality and reduced costs to customers.
 
Stanley Kennedy, President and Chief Systems Engineer for OAI, commented with the following: “Oakman Aerospace is very excited for this opportunity to continue working with New Space Systems in developing and advancing Modular, open-systems architecture and leveraging the competitive advantage this partnership 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.”


OAI Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

On Friday July 14th, OAI was joined by its closest friends and family to help celebrate its 5 year anniversary. For any small business 5 years in business is a huge feat, but for OAI it means so much more. Born from the closure of Comtech AeroAstro, OAI hit the ground running its very first day in business and has been busy ever since. Stanley Kennedy, Jr., Maureen O’Brien, and Stanley Kennedy, Sr. were joined in this endeavor by a handful of Comtech employees, including Warren Langley and Michael Reher, who are still here today. Since then, OAI has grown to 15 hardworking individuals. OAI employees were excited to present Stan, Maureen and Stan Sr. with some congratulatory gifts, including a personalized photo book and a handmade, oak shingle representing the strength and stability that OAI has gained over the past 5 years. Over bar-b-que and some adult beverages, OAI had a chance to play ladder ball, giant jenga and enjoy the company of those that helped to get to where OAI is today. OAI President, Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. had this to say, “Maureen and I deeply appreciate all that attended our 5 year anniversary celebration. It is because of our friends, family and co-workers that we have been so successful. We would like to especially thank our OAI family, to include owners, operators, employees and family members. We are looking forward to the next 5 years of successes.”


Summer Interns Conduct Test of After-School Rocketry Program

On Wednesday July 19, 2017, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) employees and interns went to Dry Creek Park in Longmont, Colorado to perform a test launch for the STEM outreach program they have been working on this summer. The outreach is an after school rocketry program to encourage students in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) to pursue a career in the aerospace industry or other STEM related fields. The interns at OAI have developed a curriculum that will provide a broad scope of knowledge in electronics, programming, and aerospace engineering which culminates in launching a model rocket using a smart phone. The rocket also carries a Raspberry Pi Zero based payload to collect altitude, pressure, temperature, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer data. On July 19, the OAI team successfully launched and recovered their demo rocket and test payload four times ensuring that the rocket could be launched from the smartphone, and that the payload functions as designed. The materials will be shipped to EUPISD later this month, and OAI is excited to be part of this program.

 

OAI Hosts CSBR Interns for Day of STEM and Career Exploration

Oakman Aerospace Inc. hosted over 30 student participants on the morning of 27 June 2017 as part of the annual CSBR Internship Program for young adults in high school and college interested in the Aerospace field. After a warm welcome and introductory presentation by President and co-founder Stanley O. Kennedy Jr. the participants broke into smaller groups to get started. Activities included a hands-on project developed by OAI University of Colorado Boulder Summer Interns Lucas Droste and Jaquelyn Romano, as well as a clean lab tour and presentation by OAI Aerospace Engineers Alex Dunn and Michael Reher. Jaquelyn and Lucas engineered a do it yourself project enabling the students to understand how a satellite gets inserted into an orbit. Using a Raspberry Pi development board (akin to a mini single-board computer), students were asked to program the appropriate sequence steps allowing direct proper “satellite” insertion. The morning concluded with a lab demonstration – complete with suiting up in clean, electronically safe gowns and booties. The presentation allowed students to view a demonstration of a realistic end-to end simulation, detailing each function and component required to successfully execute a satellite mission. The morning closed with an opportunity to ask questions of OAI’s president and engineering staff completing another year of opening up the doors to the daily functions of an aerospace company. Oakman Aerospace Inc. is proud to be a part of educating young adults with an interest in the aerospace field.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
August 5th-10th Small Satellite Conference Logan, UT Booth #13
August 16th CSBR Beers n' Brats: Annual Networking Social
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup
 

Final Thoughts

Exciting news is on the horizon! Keep your eye out for more announcments and developments happenign at OAI! August is set to be a big month for OAI and we look forward to sharing it with you! Follow us on social media to get the most up to date news!

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July 2017 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - July 20, 2017

July 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

Five Years of OAI

This summer marks a significant milestone in the history of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.! In the past five years OAI has grown and accomplished many feats, and received much recognition for the work our employees perform day-to-day. This month's newsletter is a brief history of highlights and accomplishments that OAI has been fortunate to be a part of in our now five year history!

Year 1

OAI was founded in 2012, leveraging heritage staff and IP purchased from Comtech AeroAstro upon its closure. Led by Stanley Kennedy, Sr., Stanley Kennedy, Jr., and Maureen O’Brien, OAI embarked on a journey guided by our strong principals and vision focused on “Making Space for Everyone”. In the first year of operations OAI worked with our mission partners, customers, and stakeholders to create a NewSpace company based upon our core business values.  Also the founders, understanding the importance of community participation, made the concerted effort to support and be strong proponents of the Colorado aerospace community through memberships in Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) and The Colorado Space Business Round Table (CSBR).  In addition, we continued development of the ACORN product line in preparation for its initial release. 


Year 2

Following a year of innovation and development, OAI’s ACORN product line was released and began to transform the aerospace industry. Utilizing open architectures and modular systems,  OAI’s ACORN product line enables customers to quickly and efficiently design and develop their space systems saving time and money over the entire life-cycle. In addition, OAI won the prestigious Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year Award” highlighting the advancements of OAI.

 

Year 3

Continuing to build off an amazing second year, business deals and accolades continued to ramp-up for OAI. Selected as a Top 50 Colorado Company to Watch, OAI created new public-private partnerships for professional and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach initiatives. One of those partnerships brought OAI together with Chatfield Senior High School through NASA’s Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS) program. OAI Engineers and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supported Chatfield students in their creation of a bioreactor experiment that would fly to the International Space Station. 


Year 4

In Year 4 OAI continued our extensive international pursuits with visits to Indonesia for the 2016 Communic Conference, a tour in South Africa, and Malta for the 4S Symposium – where OAI had its first exhibit booth! During the year, OAI continued to do great things in the area of STEM outreach, including soaring to 100,000ft with a balloon satellite project. Partnered with Metro State University, OAI flew a payload to participate in the Chase Bank “Ring the Morning Bell for Small Business” advertising campaign. The year came to a close when OAI was selected as the winner of the CSBR Cosmic Contributor Award for 2016! Traditionally given to an individual, for the first time in its 13 year history it was given to OAI as a company - proving the OAI staff truly is the foundation of our success.


Year 5

Although 2017 is not complete, OAI has already had an amazing year! OAI was named a 2017 finalist for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Woman-Owned Business of the Year Award, and was selected by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium to carry-out an after-school rocketry STEM program for under-represented youth in the Upper Peninsula. While OAI continues to execute on its programs and develop our technology, we are sincerely grateful for all of the support we have received over the years. The partners and teammates that have worked with us, assisted us, and improved us are acknowledged as significant contributors to the success of OAI.

Upcoming Activities

Date Event
July 14th Five Year Anniversary Celebration
August 5th-10th Small Satellite Conference Logan, UT Booth #13
August 16th CSBR Beers n' Brats: Annual Networking Social
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup
 

Final Thoughts

With the five year anniversary of OAI on July 14th, 2017, we couldn’t be more proud and excited of the work we have done and the future ahead. Thank you for subscribing and supporting OAI! We hope to stay in touch and as always keep you posted on the great things happening at OAI!

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9th Annual Beers, Brats, and Burgers Registration Now Open!

Register Today!

By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - June 15, 2017

(Littleton, CO) - Registration for the 9th Annual Beers, Brats, and Burgers is now open! Beers, Brats, and Burgers, hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), is a forum for expanding personal and professional networks through peers in the industry as well as enjoying some good food and spirits! The event will be held on August 16th and hosted at FATE Brewing Company in Boulder, CO from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. Registration is complementary for CSBR members or $40 for any non-member.  Whether you are a student, professional, or enthusiast, all are invited to come and enjoy the 9th Annual Beers, Brats, and Burgers.

For more information or inquires related to this event, please visit CSBR Beers, Brats, and Burgers or email info@coloradosbr.org.

Oakman Aerospace Inc. is a participating member of CSBR and a proud sponsor for Beers, Brats, and Burgers.

 
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June 2017 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - June 1, 2017

June 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

Subscribe For The Latest Updates!

As a company we do our best to keep you informed on our internal company developments as well as what forces are impacting or shaping the aerospace industry world-wide! We hope you will find this monthly newletter to be insightful and provide you a unique perspective from a small company watching the political and economic factors influencing the industry. If there are things you wish to know more about or hear an opinion on, please feel free to write us back and we will do our best to address your inquiry.

OAI Launches A New Website!

Oakman Aerospace Inc. is excited to roll out our new website! Working with Denver Website Design, we have redone our content and interfaces so as to better promote our company, products, and services. We hope that this new interface will provide for better contact with the public, our customers, and stakeholders that rely on our technology and our information in their day to day operations! With more information and better navigation we hope you are able to find the information you are looking for! If you are struggling to find specific details, please reach out and contact us so we may be able to get you the information you're looking for!


OAI Welcomes New Faces and Talent!

May 15th, was a busy day at the OAI office getting new employees and interns settled into their new OAI offices. OAI welcomed Chad and Jonathon to the staff of now 14 full-time employees along with Jaquelyn and Lucas as OAI summer interns for the 2017 summer. Read More 

 

MSGC Selects OAI Team for STEM Grant

Oakman Aerospace Inc. and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District were notified by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) that their After School Rocketry Program Grant Request will be funded for the 2017-2018 school year. The After School Rocketry Program is a nine (9) week after school pilot program that focuses on middle to high school students successfully launching a model rocket with a sensor payload and interpreting the flight data from the mission. Read More 


A Busy Summer Ahead

With new employees and projects taking shape, OAI is in for a fun and busy summer ahead! OAI is preparing to celebrate the company's five year anniversary on July 14th, 2017. Invitations will be sent out via mail and email in the following weeks. In addition, OAI is excited to host the Colorado Space Business Roundtable Summer Interns on June 27th for an afternoon full of exploring what it means to be a small business in space!

 

Upcoming Activities

Date Event
June 27th Colorado Space Business Roundtable Internship Visit
July 14th Five Year Anniversary Celebration
August 5th-10th Small Satellite Conference Logan, UT Booth #13
August CSBR Beers n' Brats: Annual Networking Social
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup

Final Thoughts

Thank you for making it all the way to the bottom! We appreciate your interest in what we are doing as a company! As we bring this newsletter to a close, we hope that you will forward our newsletter on to others who may be interested and let them know about the awesome things happening at our office! Best said, "Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival" -Neil Tyson. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to next month!

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OAI and EUPISD Selected as Grant Recipients for After School Rocketry Program

OAI STEM After-School Program Funded Through Grant

By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - June 1, 2017

(Denver, CO/Sault Ste. Marie, MI) – In March of 2017, Oakman Aerospace Inc. and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) were notified by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium that their After School Rocketry Program (ASRP) Grant Request was accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. The After School Rocketry Program is a nine (9) week after school pilot program that focuses on middle to high school students successfully launching a model rocket with a sensor payload and interpreting the flight data from the mission. Over the nine (9) weeks, students will learn computer programing languages, aerodynamics of rocket flight, and fundamentals of aerospace science to deepen their understanding of and experience in aerospace science.

Since 2015, Oakman Aerospace Inc. and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District have sought to find ways to work together to engage middle school and high school students in STEM related activities. Working together over the past few years, OAI and EUPISD have formed a close working relationship to bring programs and opportunities to an area of Michigan often under-represented in STEM.

“This program is only a first step in bringing greater educational tools and programs to students who otherwise may not have these opportunities. We hope that through success with programs like these that OAI will be able to continue to participate in enriching STEM education throughout our community and the country.” – Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer at OAI.

“We are very excited for the ASRP partnership.  This opportunity will provide an innovative and unique educational experience for our students, and is a wonderful example of a collaborative partnership between Industry, K-12 education, and the Department of Defense.  We appreciate Oakman Aerospace for offering us the opportunity to work with them on this project, and look forward to the positive impacts that it will have on students.” - Kevin St. Onge, EUP Math and Science Center Director, Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District

Following the announcement of the award, EUPISD has worked with the Michigan DoD STEM Office, nCASE, to secure supplemental DoD STEM funding to assist in off-setting the program costs that will enable more students to be reached.

All parties are looking forward to a successful summer of curriculum planning, development, and training for the first programs to be implemented during the fall semester of 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Oakman Aerospace Inc. Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr.
President/ CSE
Kevin St. Onge
Mathematics & Science Center Director
+1 303-904-6060 +1 906-203-6117
Stanley.Kennedy@oak-aero.com Kevins@eupschools.org
www.oak-aero.com www.eup.k12.mi.us/
 
 
About Oakman Aerospace
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. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About Eastern Upper Peninsula School District

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) works to improve student success by supporting all schools and communities in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties. The Eastern Upper Peninsula Mathematics and Science Center is one of the 33 regional centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and is located at the EUPISD. These centers provide leadership, curriculum support, professional development, and student services to educators in local school districts. The centers also serve as a resource clearinghouse for educational materials and information, and work to foster community involvement in the areas of STEM. The network supports the delivery of high quality STEM education for the students of Michigan. The Eastern Upper Peninsula Mathematics and Science Center works to improve STEM education by providing support for schools in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties. This support is provided through:
* Professional learning opportunities for teachers
* Student services
* Provision of educational resources and technology
* Supporting connections with community businesses, organizations, and higher education
 
About nCASE
Headquartered at the Fayette Institute of Commerce and Technology in Uniontown Pennsylvania, nCASE is an outgrowth of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), which was established in June 2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Defence Education Program (NDEP).  nCASE continues to be a response to President Bush’s 2006 State-of-the-Union Address during which he announced the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to encourage American innovation and strengthen our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.  This ambitious strategy increased federal investment in critical research as part of its efforts to ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in opportunity and innovation and provide American children with a strong foundation in math and science. 

*This program is made possible in part by: Michigan DoD STEM Office, US ARMY TARDEC, National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (www.naCASE.org)
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New Faces of the OAI Family


By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - May 31, 2017

(Littleton, CO) – May 15th, was a busy day at the OAI office getting new employees and interns settled into their OAI offices. OAI welcomed Chad and Jonathon to the staff of now 14 full-time employees, along with Jaquelyn and Lucas as OAI summer interns for the 2017 summer. Chad & Jonathon will support software development efforts to including enhancements to OAI’s ACORN product line. Jaquelyn and Lucas join OAI from CU Boulder where they are both preparing for their senior year in the fall of 2017 to complete bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering.

Maureen O’Brien expressed her excitement and enthusiasm for having the new hires come on board: “OAI is growing! Our technologies and our people never cease to impress me. Every day we are finding more and more ways to expand and enhance our products and services that afford us the opportunity to hire the best Colorado has to offer. OAI continues delivering on our promise of ‘Making Space for Everyone’.”

In talking with the new employees, we asked them a few questions related to joining OAI:

What excites you about OAI?

“The opportunity to develop new, cost-effective, and modular designs while maintaining flight reliability excites me about working at OAI.  I think we have a unique opportunity to leave our mark on the industry and adapt some highly scalable technologies.” - Jonathon


What stood out to you on your first day?

“Starting at Oakman, I immediately felt the comradery among all of the employees and it made me feel at ease with my new job just walking in the door. I definitely was very happy to see that some of my coworkers bring their dogs to work which discourages a stressful environment. Everyone was very welcoming to the new hires and they definitely made it clear that they were happy to have us join the team. Within the first hour I was very excited about the upcoming projects and I could tell that my work would be very valuable to the projects that I was assigned. My first day exceeded my expectations!” -Jaquelyn


What brought you to OAI?

“I came to OAI because they provide a unique opportunity to their interns by allowing them hands on experience working on actual projects. This first-hand experience will give me insight on not only careers in the aerospace industry, but also the role small businesses play in the future of space exploration.” - Lucas


What do you think is the difference between OAI and the other companies you’ve worked at?

“I think the biggest difference is the attitude of the people who work here. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help. Many companies claim to have a team oriented culture when in reality everyone is in competition. At OAI, it really does feel like we are a team working towards a common goal. It makes it a lot easier to come into the office and work hard every day knowing that my coworkers have my back.” -Chad


OAI is excited to have Chad, Jonathon, Jaquelyn, and Lucas join our team. For information related to joining OAI, visit www.oak-aero.com.
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25th Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition Deadline

Paper Submission Deadline Drawing Near

By Oakman Aerospace Inc. - April 13, 2017

Undergraduate and post-graduate students are invited to participate in the 25th Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition. The competition will be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/Utah State University (USU) Conference on Small Satellites, taking place August 5-10, 2017 in Logan, Utah, USA.

The Student Competition provides undergraduate and post-graduate students with the opportunity to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. Awards are given to competition finalists presenting at the Small Satellite Conference with the number and dollar values of the awards determined on a yearly basis. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to showcase their works to industry, government, and academia. Many of our finalists have received job offers and/or interviews on the spot as a result of their participation.

This year’s Student Competition papers will be due by April 18, 2017. For questions regarding the Student Competition or general Small Satellite Conference information, please contact Marianne Sidwell at +01.435.713.3119 or marianne.sidwell@usurf.usu.edu. Visit www.smallsat.org for complete rules and guidelines.

Please encourage your students to submit papers for consideration and showcase in the Frank
J. Redd Student Competition. I am looking forward to your reply concerning your students’ involvement.

Best Regards,
Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr.
Frank J. Redd Student Competition Chair
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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.”
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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!
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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.
 
Background:
 
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.
 
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