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Quarter Four 2018 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace - November 26, 2018

4th Quarter 2018
"Making Space For Everyone"
 


Big Updates with the Close of Another Great Year!

Along with the ACORN product line receiving a considerable update, the OAI team has expanded into a new facility! In the final quarter of 2018, we have welcomed new employees and continue our search for more engineers to support upcoming programs! Read below for more.


ACORN Gets an Upgrade

In October, OAI delivered three (3) ACORN-R units to a customer to facilitate mission design, payload interface testing, and support constellation trades and analysis. Through this effort OAI has expanded ACORN capabilities to support constellations and multiple vehicle modeling and simulation capabilities.

“We have expanded our capability to marry disparate messaging systems,” said ACORN Tech Lead, Mike Charrier. “This creates a wider ability to integrate differently configured satellites, which can then perform as a single constellation.”

This delivery and associated upgrades lay the foundation for improved capabilities and modules in the ACORN platform.


Move-in Day! OAI Begins Operations at New Headquarters

We have officially moved in to our new location in Highlands Ranch! The new facility approximately doubles our working space, allowing for the growth of our company and product line simultaneously. Most importantly, the new and improved laboratory and cleanroom facilities ensure OAI will continue to provide our partners and customers with the highest level of service.

OAI looks forward to hosting an open house for partners and key stakeholders.


VOTE NOW! OAI Nominated in NewSpace People’s 2018-19 Global Rankings

OAI has been nominated for NewSpace People’s 2018-19 Global Rankings! Oakman Aerospace, Inc. has been nominated as the Aerospace Company of 2018-19 while both our CEO, Maureen O’Brien, and President, Stanley Kennedy Jr., have been nominated as the Aerospace Leader of 2018-19. Thank you all for your support! Cast your votes through December 21, 2018!

VOTE NOW:
Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Stanley Kennedy, Jr.
Maureen O'Brien


Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine

STEM education and outreach is very important to us at OAI, because we believe it is important to invest in developing the necessary skills of our society's youth in order to maintain a healthy aerospace workforce in Colorado. We hope that for many years to come, our home state continues to play a large role in contributing to STEM education. To aid in this effort, we have worked with the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and Wayne Carley of STEM Magazine to help put together the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine. This FREE e-magazine is a pertinent resource for all CO students, teachers, and parents interested in STEM.

Click Here to Read Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine


New Faces at OAI

Left to Right: Jess, Francesca, Danielle, and Joe

OAI has welcomed four new employees, enhancing our operations, engineering, and marketing capabilities!

New team member Jess comes to OAI with a background in aerospace engineering. Commenting on his move to OAI, Jess said, “I was attracted to OAI because of its tight-knit culture which lends itself to being a successful player in the space market. I’m looking forward to getting back into space, bringing my experience to OAI’s current and future projects.”


Around the World with OAI: Travel Recap

SmallSat 2018

Logan, Utah
August 4-9, 2018

OAI was a proud sponsor of the 32nd Annual AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference! The annual gathering brought together over 3,050 experts within the small satellite community to engage and collaborate on the latest technologies, designs, and processes in small spacecraft development that secure mission success.

2018 IAC

Bremen, Germany
October 1-5, 2018

Our CEO, Maureen O’Brien, and President, Stanley Kennedy Jr., attended the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. This was an intense week during which all space players gathered to discuss the advancement and progress of space in its various features.

ISO Fall Meeting

São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
November 6-8, 2018

OAI President, Stanley Kennedy Jr., traveled to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Fall Meeting in Brazil. The meeting focused on identifying, analyzing, and adopting normative texts related to interface, integration, and testing of existing and developing space products and systems with international acceptance.


OAI is Hiring!

OAI is growing and hiring! If you know someone looking for a fun, flexible work environment, send them to our website at www.oak-aero.com/careers!

We are actively looking for individuals who fit the following job descriptions:
Hardware/Embedded Software Engineer
Assembly, Integration, & Test Engineer
Software Engineer
DevOps Engineer
Full Stack Developer



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ACORN Platform Now Internationally Exportable


By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - August 1, 2018


(Littleton, CO) - On August 1st, 2018, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) announced that the Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN)Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN) platform is now internationally exportable through the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 
ACORN Platform Capabilities
 
The Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN) platform is a foundational capability to support space systems life-cycle design and development efforts. ACORN provides a scalable, rapidly reconfigurable, closed-loop, end-to-end, space systems modeling & simulation, and integration platform enabled by Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA). ACORN supports complete end-to-end detailed design, development, and test capabilities (Mission Concept through Operations) that incorporates flight software, components (simulated and/or hardware), and full dynamic simulation; enhancing system capabilities and increasing mission assurance.
 
“The ACORN platform gives engineering teams a competitive advantage in cost reduction, risk mitigation and system development time by allowing them to make informed decisions from conceptualization, through planning, design, integration, test, operations and beyond.  All of this is accomplished by facilitating rapid and simple early integration of hardware components, software systems and models, mission support tools, and the adaptability, extensibility, and flexibility of the system through configuration inputs and Application Programmer Interfaces.” said Jonathon Murphy, ACORN Product Manager at OAI.
 
 ACORN Platform Benefits

ACORN has been engineered to deliver customers with out-of-the-box functionality to begin developing and planning their mission. ACORN comes pre-loaded with representative flight software; generic sub-system and component models; dynamic modeling and simulation capabilities; physics models; mission scenarios; and, a ground command and control interface. ACORN also allows users to swap out the provided modules (flight software, components, ground, etc.) with their own internally developed or other third-party vendor modules/solutions. Through application program interfaces (API), users can customize ACORN with their components, software, and models to be representative of their system and mission. The modular nature of the ACORN platform allows modules of ACORN to operate independently, scale, and expand with the needs of the user. ACORN may be used as a complete software simulation, a blend of software simulation and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL), or all HWIL – with its open system architecture providing ease of hardware integration. In addition, ACORN is Ethernet enabled which allows users to interface around the globe providing borderless system design and development.

ACORN users realize significant cost savings over the traditional mission/system development model. ACORN reduces hardware integration timelines, efficiently performs trades and analyses, minimizes travel (for personnel and hardware), and buys down risk. ACORN provides users the benefits of ‘new space’ technologies while continuing to deliver the ‘old space’ reliability, traceability, and functional/performance attributes.
 
Conclusion

“The OAI team is excited to be able to offer this product internationally. ACORN fundamentally changes the landscape of space system development and is going to be a cornerstone in the future of MOSA and space system technologies” –Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. OAI President & CSE.

ACORN will be internationally available beginning Fall of 2018. ACORN is available for commercial export under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) via the United States Department of Commerce under categories 9D515 and 9E515.

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Corporate Background:

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a 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.
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July 2018 Newsletter


By Oakman Kennedy - July 1st, 2018

July 2018
"Making Space For Everyone"

Summer Shades and ACORN Upgrades

2018 has proven to be a great year of opportunity for Oakman Aerospace, Inc. We' have been able to spend the past couple of months making huge improvements to our ACORN product line and are looking forward to releasing them later this year! In addition, we have expanded our staff to support new and upcoming programs! Read below for more!

OAI Facility Expansion

As announced in January, OAI purchased and began renovations on a new office/Flex-warehouse space in Highlands Ranch, CO. Our new facility is planned for occupancy later this summer and will be a great addition to OAI capabilities. With expanded laboratory spaces, technical development areas, and multiple meeting spaces, OAI's new facility will be a great addition for our business, partners, and customers.

ACORN Product Upgrades & Improvements

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is excited to announce upgrades and improvements to our ACORN product line. Using pre-programmed flight scenarios, hardware-in-the-loop and software based spacecraft modeling and simulation, ACORN is designed to take missions from pre-milestone to flight readiness review. Our newest upgrades and improvements will take ACORN to new levels and customers. For more details and the big reveal come see us at the Small Satellite Conference at booth #13!
 

OAI is Hiring!

Oakman Aerospace is excited to have hired five (5) new employees in the first part of 2018 alone. Even with this solid growth (25% over 2017), OAI is still looking to expand our engineering team! If you or someone you know is looking for a fun, flexible work environment, send them to our website at www.oak-aero.com/careers! We are specifically looking for individuals who fit the following job descriptions:

Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine

STEM education and outreach is very important to us at OAI, because we believe it is important to invest in developing the necessary skills of our society's youth in order to maintain a healthy aerospace workforce like the one that currently exists here in Colorado. We hope that for many years to come, our home state continues to play a large role in contributing to STEM education. To aid in this effort, we have worked with the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and Wayne Carley of STEM Magazine to help put together the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine. This FREE e-magazine is a pertinent resource for all CO students, teachers, and parents interested in STEM.

www.stemmagazine.com/coJULY18



If you are interested in advertising space or wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact Ashley Meyer at COAEROSTEMMag@oak-aero.com. It's a great way to stay connected and/or contribute to STEM outreach in Colorado!

Upcoming Events

August 4th – 9th 32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference; Logan, Utah
October 1st – 5th 69th International Astronautical Congress; Bremen, Germany

 

Final Thoughts

2018 has been a great year full of progress and growth for OAI! We look forward to the rest of the year as we go into the late summer and fall with more announcements related to OAI’s business, customers, and partners! Be sure to follow us on social media to get the most up-to-date news related to Oakman Aerospace and the industry!

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Oakman Aerospace, Inc. is Moving!


By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - January 8, 2018

 
OAI is Moving!  

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. is excited to share the news that we will be moving to a new facility this summer! Some of you may know that this next step has been in the works for quite some time, and we are thrilled to be kicking off 2018 with this expansion. Located in Highlands Ranch, CO, the new building approximately doubles the space in which we are currently executing our commitments. We chose the building with our company growth and personnel in mind. One of the more exciting aspects of the new facility is our new and improved lab and cleanroom facilities. These include expanded design/development, fabrication, and, assembly, integration & test capabilities that will allow OAI to continue to develop our ACORN product line and new products and services. In the next few months, we will be making necessary updates to the new building to suit our company needs and operations, and OAI employees will start transitioning to the facility this spring. Be on the lookout for updates and event notices in the near future!
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Happy Holidays from Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - December 21, 2017

 

 

 

Dear Friends, Family, Partners and Customers:

We hope your holidays are filled with happiness, health, and many memorable moments shared with family, friends, and loved ones. It's a wonderful time of year to cherish the people who support you, and all of you have played a part in supporting Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for contributing to another successful year for OAI. As a small business, we know we would not exist without the help, encouragement, and influence of many others. Now in our sixth year of business, we have grown in both size and capability and we are grateful for your role in helping us achieve our goals.

As we start the new year, we look forward to new partnerships and projects to help make space accessible to everyone, and welcome new opportunities to collaborate with you or your company.

Have a safe holiday, and keep your ears open for a new announcement coming from OAI early in 2018!

Best Wishes,

Maureen S. O'Brien & Stanley Oakman Kennedy, Jr.


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December 2017 Newsletter

Wrapping Up Another Year

By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - December 4, 2017

December 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

Wrapping Up Another Year

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another year. Last month, Stan was in London, serving as the convener of the ISO Aircraft & Space Vehicles Technical Committee (TC20), Space Systems & Operations Sub-Committee (SC14), Interfaces, Integration & Test Working Group (WG2). Though we are not traveling far from our offices in Littleton as the year winds down, we will be out locally in Denver for the 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup. December may be a short work-month due to the holidays, but OAI still has a lot packed in before the end of the year as we continue to work on our products and partnerships. 2017 has treated us well and we are looking forward to the new year and all that it will bring!

14th Annual Colorado Space Business Roundtable Roundup

OAI will be in attendance at this year's Colorado Space Roundup, presented by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), on December 6th at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The event, under the theme "Take Me With You", is set to be very interesting, discussing Colorado's role in the future of human exploration and involving a topic that is important to us: STEM and the future leaders of our industry. Our team will have a booth at the event, and we are looking forward to demonstrating our ACORN system and providing information about the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine, current partnerships, STEM outreach efforts, and other happenings at OAI. If you will be participating in the Roundup, be sure to stop by our booth! See you there!

Last chance to vote for OAI to be named in the NewSpace People's Top 100 Aerospace Companies!

This is the final month to vote for Oakman Aerospace, Inc. and our CEO, Maureen O'Brien for the 2017 People's NewSpace Awards! With your help, OAI can be awarded the Company of 2017 and Maureen can be named Leader of 2017! Currently, Maureen is listed in the Top 100 Leaders, which is updated daily. We thank you for your support in helping us to get this far, but the voting is not over yet! To continue to vote, please visit the link below and share on social media. With your help, OAI and Maureen can receive recognition for all of our work this past year! Winners will be announced by NewSpace People early this month.

VOTE FOR OAI HERE


Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine December Issue is Out!

Check out the latest issue of the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine, just released today! In case you haven't heard, this publication is an uniquely accessible resource for all Colorado students, teachers, and parents. Plus, it's completely FREE! Oakman Aerospace, Inc., the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, and Wayne Carley of STEM Magazine have all worked diligently to obtain advertisements, articles, and sponsors for the e-magazine's release this past October.

For those interested, there are still opportunities for sponsorship. We would love for you to join us in being part of this free online publication! Not convinced? Check out the December 2017 issue.


If you are interested in advertising space or wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact Ashley Meyer at COAEROSTEMMag@oak-aero.com. You won’t be disappointed!


Happy Holidays!

As the holidays are fast approaching, we are looking back at another successful year at OAI, where we have made new partnerships, expanded our team, and worked on some exciting technology and projects that we will carry into the new year. We hope you all have had a great year as well! During this season, we hope that you spend time with family and friends. From all of us here at Oakman Aerospace, Inc., we wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

Upcoming Events

Date Event
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup
 

Final Thoughts

As we wrap things up towards the end of the year, there are many exciting updates we hope to share soon! Be on the lookout for new announcements and developments, because December will 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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November 2017 Newsletter

Harvest Happenings

By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - November 8, 2017

November 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

Harvest Happenings

The season is changing, and many things are happening at OAI. Last month, Stan and Maureen were on the move again - this time in Bremen, Germany at the Space Tech Expo Europe. Back at the OAI office, employees celebrated Halloween before donning winter boots and coats, but there is no off-season when it comes to space! OAI continues to demonstrate the ACORN-R modeling and simulation system, while working on some really exciting projects. Read all about what OAI has been up to in our features below! Keep your ears open for some exciting news the the coming months! 

Business in Bremen

At the end of last month, both Stan and Maureen attended Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen, Germany. The exhibition is a premier B2B trade event, which brings together professionals from government, academia, and industry to meet with the manufacturers and supply chain of the aerospace industry. While at the event, They were able to discuss OAI's ACORN system as well as learn about the new and emerging technology segments in space and satellite science.

As mentioned last month, OAI traveled to Adelaide, Australia for the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in September. OAI enjoyed networking with many international organizations and professionals from space sectors of many nations.

69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Bremen, Germany
1st - 5th October, 2018


Halloween Never Looked So Cute

If you are familiar with OAI, and especially if you have been to our offices, you know we love our dogs! This past Halloween was a chance for our pups to strut their stuff in some scary adorable costumes. A pair of pirates, Scotch and Chestnut, pillaged and plundered through the office looking for treats, Zemo the skeleton felt the Halloween spirit down to his bones, and Bobby was the least menacing dinosaur we've ever seen! We know it's difficult, but if you had to choose: which do you vote "best-dressed-up-dog"?


 

Vote for OAI to be named in the NewSpace People's Top 100 Aerospace Companies!

Last month we asked you to vote for OAI to be named one of Top 100 Aerospace Companies by NewSpace People, and you delivered! We are excited that OAI has consistently made it into the Top 50 which is updated daily, but we still need your help to advance further! To vote, please visit the link below and share on social media. With your help, OAI can be awarded the 2017 People's NewSpace Company of 2017! Using the same link, you can also vote for Stan and/or Maureen for the 2017 People's NewSpace Leader of 2017! 
 

VOTE FOR OAI HERE


Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine November Issue is Out!

The latest issue of the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine is available! Just last month, the e-Magazine was officially released. This publication is an awesome new resource for all Colorado students, teachers, and parents, plus, it's completely FREE! Oakman Aerospace, Inc., the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, and Wayne Carley of STEM Magazine have all worked diligently to obtain advertisements, articles, and sponsors for the October 2017 release. Be sure to check out the November issue!

There are still opportunities for sponsorship, for those who are interested, and we hope that you will join us in being part of this free e-magazine. If you weren’t sure before, you will be after checking out the November 2017 issue.


If you are interested in advertising space or wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact Ashley Meyer at COAEROSTEMMag@oak-aero.com. You won’t be disappointed!

Upcoming Events

Date Event
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup
 

Final Thoughts

As a private, woman-veteran owned corporation, OAI would like to wish all veterans a Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service. Looking ahead, there is exciting news moving forward! Keep your eye out for more announcements and developments happening at OAI! November 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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October 2017 Newsletter

A Fall Full of Fun

By Oakman Aerospace, Inc.- October 17, 2017

October 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

A Fall Full of Fun

September and October has had OAI moving and shaking before the snow comes! OAI has been busy traveling around Denver and the world showing off our ACORN-R modeling and simulation system and forging new connections in and outside of the industry. Read all about our adventures: 

OAI On The Street and Across the Globe

September had OAI busy jumping from event to event. OAI was invited to Inkmonstr's '"Meet Your Maker" Event, a local print and design shop that was selected as one of this year's Colorado Companies To Watch (CCTW) Winners! Being a previous winner in 2015, OAI was able to support the new Alumni and demonstrate OAI's ACORN-R product line at the event. "Events like these allow us to get out in the community and connect with everyday people to tell them more about what's going on in the news related to space and how we fit into the aerospace industry", Alex Dunn, OAI Aerospace Engineer.

On top of the local engagement, OAI also made it across the globe to Adelaide, Australia for the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Being 'down-under' for a week allowed OAI to network with other international organizations and potential partners to identify how OAI can continue to partner globally to service the domestic and international marketplaces. OAI had a great time exploring and enjoying the local atmosphere and hopes to attend many more IAC's!

69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Bremen, Germany
1st - 5th October, 2018


Stan's "Skin-in-the-Game"

For anyone who has worked with Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., they know how much he emphasizes every team member being engaged and contributing to the success of the group. It often comes in the phrase, "I want everyone to have 'Skin-in-the-Game'". Well as of September, 'Skin-in-the-game' took on a whole new literal meaning with Stan getting the company logo as a tattoo.


Colorado Comapnies To Watch (CCTW) Alumni Golf  Outing Cancelled

Living and working in Colroado provides many benefits to our employees and lifestyle in the Mile-High City. Being able to go golfing in the morning, skiing in the afternoon, and golfing at night only happens in a few places on Earth, Colorado being one of them. While this climate is often supportive of our plans, October 9th, the day of the CCTW Aluni Golf Tournament, was not.

OAI was selected to serve as the CCTW Alumni Champion and planned a Golf Outing for CCTW Company Alumni. Set at the beautiful Perry Park County Club, OAI was set to have a great outing when the weather decided to turn sour. The first 2018 winter snow hit Denver on October 9th and caused OAI to cancel the event until next year. For all who signed up to support this event, we thank you and apologize for the inconvenience.

We look forward to next season when the weather, fingers-crossed, will cooperate.

 

NewSpace People Interview and Voting for Top 100 Aerospace Companies

September provided OAI the opportunity to being interviewed by NewSpace People, an online forum for announcements and industry information! OAI was pleased to be featured in September and is seeking your help to boost OAI to be in the Top 100 Aerospace Companies! To help out please visit the interview at the link below and share on social media. 
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Interview.

 

Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine First Issue Released

Last month we told you about an awesome new resource coming to the State of Colorado for all students, teachers and parents. This month we are proud to announce that the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine has been officially released! Oakman Aerospace, Inc., the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, and Wayne Carley of STEM Magazine have all worked diligently to obtain advertisements, articles, and sponsors for the October 2017 release.

There are still opportunities for sponsorship and we hope that you will join us in being part of this free e-magazine. If you weren’t sure before, you will be after checking out the October 2017 Issue.


If you are interested in advertising space please contact Ashley Meyer at COAEROSTEMMag@oak-aero.com. You won’t be disappointed!

Upcoming Events

Date Event
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup

Final Thoughts

Exciting news is on the horizon! Keep your eye out for more announcements and developments happening at OAI! October 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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September 2017 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace, Inc. - September 1, 2017

September 2017
"Making Space For Everyone"

An Eclipse To Remember

August provided a month of opportunity, accomplishment, and wonder! The much anticipated solar eclipse paired with a successful Small Satellite Conference made for an amazing month of partnerships, progress, and opportunities! As the colors begin to change for fall, OAI remains focused on building out the connections and relationships cultivated at SamllSat 2017 and working towards expanding our operations to "Make Space for Everyone". 

2017 Small Satellite Conference a Success!

The 31st Annual Small Satellite Conference in Logan UT was full of successes for OAI. The 2017 Small Sat event provided OAI the opportunity to have their first booth at the conference. Alex Dunn, Aerospace Engineer, and Oakman Kennedy, Business Operations Lead, tended the booth, demonstrating the Advanced Configurable Open-Research Network (ACORN) rack capabilities. OAI’s CEO Maureen O’Brien and President Stanley O. Kennedy Jr. were on hand as well to answer questions about the Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA). The public debut of the New Space Systems Reaction Wheel (manufactured by NSS in Cape Town, South Africa) and the ACORN Rack Hardware in the Loop (HIL) demonstration allowed attendees to witness real time commands in a fully closed simulation environment – representative of on-orbit space operation. This exciting presentation (which ran continuously throughout the week) showed the real-time Rapid and Responsive capability of the ACORN system’s ability to run high fidelity simulations tailored to any user’s needs.

The Conference was the locale for the official announcement of a new partnership between Oakman Aerospace Inc. and Teledyne Brown Engineering to develop a standard interface to simplify the process of linking customer payloads to the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) which offers access to the International Space Station’s power and communications channels. Oakman Aerospace Inc. can configure the MUSES interface to support standard satellite buses if customers intend to pursue free-flyer missions after space station testing.


How Stan Lost His Beard and Gave to The Students

It is no secret that one of Stan Kennedy, Jr.’s favorite times of year is during the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, UT. Small Sat attracts companies and professionals all over the world, but more importantly, it attracts students for the Frank J. Redd Student Competition, where Stan serves as the Technical Chair. Every year the Frank J. Redd student competition awards prize money to students who submitted and presented their papers. The Frank J. Redd competition relies heavily on donations and sponsorships in order to be able to award finalists for their hard work. Such begins the story of how Stan Kennedy lost his infamous beard. Each year a new and more harebrained idea surfaces to raise money for the student competition. Although it would be hard to top putting Big Daddy on the mechanical bull, Stan was sure he could do it. For those of you who do not know Stan, he is defined by his very full, and lately, very long beard. In fact, it is highly unlikely that you will ever see Stan Kennedy without some form of facial hair. So when Stan said that he would shave it all off to raise money for the student competition, everyone knew their money would be worth it, and would go to a good cause. $2,500 and a couple of razors later, Stan Kennedy stood beardless but proud. One can only wonder what will happen next year?


After-School Rocketry Program Curriculum Delivered

Lucas Droste and Jaquelyn Romano, OAI’s University of Colorado Students closed out their twelve week Summer Internship Program with the delivery of their final project, the After School Rocketry Program package. Lucas and Jaquelyn took on the challenge of developing an after school program for OAI that is  partnered with the Michigan Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) and the Michigan Space Consortium to provide educational opportunities for under-privileged regions within the school district.

The nine week program is administered by teachers (volunteering after school) who will help teach students the basics of Aerospace Engineering, culminating in the hands-on launching of a three foot model rocket using a smart phone. A few of the lesson highlights involve learning about rocket history, fundamentals of programming and electronics culminating a remote rocket launch. Three EUSPID schools were chosen to receive packages containing lesson plans and the required hardware to complete the rocket. Boxes of the materials were shipped to EUPISD in early August followed up by teleconferences with the OAI team on the mornings of August 22nd and 23rd. These meetings allowed OAI representatives and the EUPISD teachers the opportunity to walk through the entire program together, ensuring all steps were clear and executable for a smooth implementation of the pilot program.

Oakman Aerospace Inc. is proud to be a part of educating youth interested in STEM.

 

CSBR Beers, Brats, and Burgers

Every August, Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) members and the surrounding aerospace community look forward to the Beers, Brats and Burgers networking event. This year OAI was proud to be a sponsor of the annual event! This year the event was held at FATE Brewing Company in Boulder, CO and welcomed CSBR members, affiliates and students. Guests had the opportunity to network over fantastic barbeque and an adult beverage. Events like this allow attendees to speak to peers they may not typically interact with and grow their networking circle.  Sponsors spoke to attendees about the importance of such events and more important, talked about all of the upcoming opportunities to get involved with CSBR and the local aerospace community. Names were then drawn for raffle prizes generously donated by CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, FATE Brewing Company, and OAI. It was a great event and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!

 

Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine is Coming

Over the past few months OAI has partnered with the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and STEM Magazine Inc. to offer the Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine.  The publication will be a free monthly publication for educators and students in the State of Colorado to utilize in learning, exploring, and understanding outer space. The partnership is established to begin publishing in October of 2017 and will be available via electronic devices.

If you know of sponsors who would like advertising space for these upcoming publications, please contact COAEROSTEMMAG@oak-aero.com.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
December 6th CSBR 14th Annual Colorado Space Roundup
 

Final Thoughts

Exciting news is on the horizon! Keep your eye out for more announcements and developments happening at OAI! September 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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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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