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Space Industry Dream Team joins forces to bring Space Orbital Management Expertise to Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula

Oakman Aerospace and Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation lead a team of industry experts in proposal to Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association for a Command and Control Center to be developed at Chippewa County International Airport

November 3, 2020

KINROSS, MI – November 3, 2020 An outpouring of community support accompanies the announcement that Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) have gathered a team of industry experts to lead Michigan’s race to space. The team responded to Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s (MAMA) command and control center (C3) site selection search with overwhelming community support for C3 development at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU). While this site would make Kinross an integral part of MAMA’s Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI), there are still a few locations in the running for MAMA’s consideration. What sets the CIU site apart from the competition is the significant early public and private investment in OAI’s Homestead antenna pathfinder/risk reduction efforts, a strong team composition consisting of nationally and internationally recognized subject matter expert (SME) organizations and individuals, and most importantly, community support through local/regional government entities and academic institutions.  

“The CIU C3 team provides an ideal balance of industry expertise, local know-how, and National Security Space proficiency necessary for the successful implementation of a premier command and control center,” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., Co-founder, President, and Chief Systems Engineer (CSE) of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “We knew CIU/Kinross was the best location for the MLI C3 due to its strategic position, but the industry and community support solidify our confidence in the site that optimizes MLI’s C3 goals and objectives, as well as, fully leverages our CIU C3 team’s government customer knowledge base.”

Among the six finalists announced by MAMA Executive Director Gavin Brown at the North American Space Summit (NASS) in September, CIU has emerged as the “site to beat” due to its extensive and existing infrastructure which supports expedited data up/down-linking through secure fiber networking and focused/early investment in pathfinder/risk reduction efforts. The CIU’s top competitor for the site selection includes Battle Creek, MI (Home of the Michigan Air National Guard). Though Kinross has several available facilities/sites similar to the infrastructure offered in competing C3 finalist proposals, CIU was selected due to the fact that it’s existing structures are readily available and more cost effective to configure for optimal command and control center operations than the efforts that would be required to re-configure the competing sites, such as restrictive and non-optimal facility offerings (I.e., correctional facility reconstruction).

The pre-selection public-private partnership (P3) investment in the CIU site, enabled by CIU C3 team members Rebelyon and U.S. Legal Advisors, PLLC (USLA), offers a unique opportunity that no other site provides. CIU C3 team members Rebelyon and USLA will support site security and entity formulation necessary for the effort.  At the forefront of developing public-private partnerships, Rebelyon and USLA provide key insight necessary to ensure the long term viability of a CIU C3 operation.

“USLA is an Eastern Upper Peninsula‐owned and ‐based law firm whose owner has decades of experience in local, regional and global projects relating to security, aerospace, and infrastructure, including cybersecurity, aerospace financing, government contracting and airport infrastructure development,” according to USLA. “USLA is dedicated to supporting OAI and CCEDC to bring the C2 to the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the development of a space‐and‐technology ecosystem that creates sustainable businesses and jobs for the region.”

The pre-selection investment in a CIU C3 site by CCEDC and OAI offers a unique opportunity that no other site provides. In fact, OAI has already begun assembly of their recently-revealed Homestead ground station at the site. Homestead will utilize a high-gain 5.5-meter parabolic dish antenna supporting S-band uplink and downlink as well as X-band downlink for satellite communications and data processing. The Homestead ground station, expected to be fully operational by first-quarter 2021, paves the way for a complete command and control center at CIU.

When OAI was considering locations for Homestead, the search was broad. Despite considering a number of sites around the globe, CIU in Kinross was determined to provide excellent conditions for satellite management and operations. OAI ultimately determined Homestead’s placement because of CIU’s strategic location supporting both polar-orbiting space vehicle command and control as well as lower-inclination space vehicle missions due to CIU’s ideal latitude and longitude. In-depth analysis of the site also proved a CIU C3 would offer the longest sustained communications with a satellite during MLI horizontal and vertical launches when compared to other finalists such as Traverse City or Battle Creek. The exclusive capability of CIU to maintain reliable line-of-sight connection during critical MLI launches is just another unique aspect of the CIU C3 team’s offer.

A proposed phased approach developed from the CIU C3 team’s combined SME in low earth orbit satellite management for both government and commercial domains would make a functional CIU C3 in alignment with expectations for the first launches out of Oscoda and Marquette. With MAMA anticipating initial horizontal and vertical launches beginning in 2023 and 2025, a supporting operational command and control center will be most efficiently achieved through the support of significant industry experience and strategic pathfinder efforts such as Homestead. Homestead and the eventual CIU C3 will enable U.S. Government, Commercial, and Academic missions; and, increase mission assurance associated with future Hybrid Architectures that seamlessly connect disparate systems through standardized interface and interoperability constructs.

As the global aerospace economy continues to push towards large constellations of satellites enabled by Hybrid Architectures, the CIU C3 and Michigan launch sites are ideally located to service international efforts now, and in the future. Unlike other command and control center finalists, CIU is located next to the neighboring towns of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada (the “Twin Saults”). With proximity to and support from an area familiar in handling international operations and agreements, selection of the CIU C3 site would ensure the MLI can harness the power of established international relationships in developing a command and control center to securely support both government and commercial customers.

The CIU C3 team is spearheaded in-part by one of the space industry’s leading authorities on Hybrid Architectures and Meshed Networks, OAI. This expertise and experience are critical for the effective integration and operations of various dispersed and disparate space systems which will ensure the mission success of the command and control center. The team proposed for the CIU C3 effort also includes local companies. With offices in the Detroit area, team member Centauri offers deep knowledge and technical expertise related to: United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Space Force (USSF) multi-station ground command and control; corporate security services and protected communications; and, mission engineering & operations expertise.

“For this effort, Centauri intends to utilize expertise out of our Ann Arbor, MI and Dayton, OH offices… with on-site personnel, remote development of software for ground station operations, workforce training development efforts, and mission engineering/systems engineering consulting services,” according to Centauri. “Centauri intends to leverage our extensive experience in the National Security Space (NSS) community to ensure the effort can support governmental as well as commercial customers with ground station support.”

Another local company committed to the effort is Challenger Communications, a leader in front-end antenna and aperture design/development and operations that will support early CIU C3 space communications pathfinder activities and eventual launch/space operations connectivity. Additionally, Peninsula Fiber Networks, LLC (PFN) has expressed commitment to provide the necessary communications and terrestrial backhaul connectivity for the site through their substantial high-speed, fully redundant, and interconnected fiber links. The team also boasts the commitment of a full-service manufacturers’ representative firm focused on delivering products and services to technical customers in the Great Lakes region, YawPITCH. These key team members, along with local experts at Kinross Fab & Machine Inc. (KFM), will support industrial and infrastructure improvements to new and existing facilities throughout the site.

Community support has also emerged in the form of Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) letters of intent to work closely with the CIU C3 effort to develop training and certification/accreditation programs for local workforce development and retention. The demonstrated industry and academic commitment for the CIU C3 proposal provides MAMA a dream team for the stand-up and operations of a complete command and control center.

A large portion of the CIU C3 proposal involves the surrounding community’s support for the effort. The future command center, along with two launch sites in Marquette and Oscoda, are projected to create over 2,000 jobs. Kinross is an ideal location to support these opportunities as the CIU C3 team is committed to supporting the indigenous talent that exists in the area through regional workforce development and specialization. Upper Peninsula universities already offer various space and engineering programs. The CIU C3 team would focus on expanding university programs supporting requirements for a specialized workforce. With the MLI operations scheduled to start in 2023-2025, the first cohort of space graduates would have completed their bachelor's degree and be ready to enter the workplace while universities continue to roll out annual cohort as space activities grow in the UP.

“Our proposal is distinct for many reasons, one of the most important being its focus on indigenous workforce development through collaborative efforts between industry and academia. Area institutions such as LSSU and BMCC have already pledged their support for the CIU site,” stated Chris Olson, President of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. “The entire Kinross area will be positively impacted by the long-term and sustainable development opportunities that a CIU C3 would offer.”

MAMA is expected to announce the selected command and control center site by the end of the year.

About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), founded in 2012, is a private, woman/veteran-owned corporation based in Littleton, Colorado. OAI is dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was created in March of 1977 after the closure of the former Kincheloe Air Force base, to help retain and create jobs, assist with the stabilization and diversification of the County’s economic base, and to promote investment and trade opportunities for business and the citizens of Chippewa County. CCEDC’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life. More information can be found at www.chippewacountyedc.com.

About MAMA

Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) is a member-supported organization that serves the interests of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing firms with a single unified voice, promoting the state of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing community within the global industry. More information can be found at www.michman.org.
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Announcing Homestead: satellite ground station coming soon to Michigan's Chippewa County

Oakman Aerospace and Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation partner to establish ground station at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU)

September 14, 2020

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) and Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) are pleased to announce a partnership to establish a ground station, referred to as the Homestead ground station, at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU). The Homestead ground station, expected to be fully assembled by first-quarter 2021, will utilize a high-gain 5.5-meter parabolic dish antenna supporting S-band uplink and downlink as well as X-band downlink for satellite communications and data processing. This announcement comes at an opportune time as Chippewa was recently named a finalist in Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s (MAMA) site selection search for a new command center to support satellite launch and daily operations. Oakman Aerospace’s new Homestead ground station paves the way for a complete command and control (C2) center in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP).

“The Homestead project provides critical pathfinder understanding and is a risk reduction effort that will enable cost-effective and highly efficient mission operations for the future command and control center initiative,” stated Maureen S. O’Brien, Co-founder and CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

The site for the new ground station was selected for its strategic location that supports both Polar Orbiting Space Vehicle Command and Control, as well as, lower-inclination Space Vehicle missions due to CIU’s ideal latitude and longitude. Homestead and the eventual Common Integrated Ground – Command & Control (CIG-C2) center will enable U.S. Government, Commercial, and Academic missions; and, increase mission assurance associated with future Hybrid-Architectures that seamlessly connect disparate systems through standardized interface and interoperability constructs.   

“I am excited to see both the Homestead and CIG-C2 projects being implemented in the EUP.  As a long-time resident of Pickford, Michigan these efforts will bring high-paying, high-tech jobs to the local economy.  OAI is confident that CIU and our partner CCEDC are on the right path!” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Sr., Co-founder, Executive Vice President, and OAI board member.

Homestead will not only provide enhanced space communication capabilities to the Upper Peninsula, its effects will be apparent in the advanced workforce development planned for the area. OAI and CCEDC are working to establish a training & certification program for mission controllers, mission engineers, and various IT support functions for the future C2 center.

“The CCEDC is very pleased with the site selection of Chippewa County for OAI’s Homestead expansion.  We view this as an important step forward for economic opportunities in the region and greatly enhances our competitiveness for site selection of the command and control center.  The future of space is U.P.” stated Chris Olson, President of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.

MAMA is anticipated to announce the C2 site selection by November 2020. The future command center, along with two launch sites in Marquette and Oscoda, are projected to create over 2,000 jobs.

About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), founded in 2012, is a private, woman/veteran-owned corporation based in Littleton, Colorado. OAI is dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was created in March of 1977 after the closure of the former Kincheloe Air Force base, to help retain and create jobs, assist with the stabilization and diversification of the County’s economic base, and to promote investment and trade opportunities for business and the citizens of Chippewa County. CCEDC’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life. More information can be found at www.chippewacountyedc.com.

About MAMA
Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) is a member-supported organization that serves the interests of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing firms with a single unified voice, promoting the state of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing community within the global industry. More information can be found at www.michman.org.
 
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Veteran Colorado Aerospace Company Teaming with Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation to Support Future Michigan Space Command and Control (C2) Center


September 9, 2020

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), headquartered in Colorado’s Aerospace Alley, announced it is currently in talks with Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) to support Michigan’s development into a US space state through a new command center to support satellite launch and daily operations. News of the veteran-owned aerospace company’s advocacy of a future Michigan-based command center comes on the heels of Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s (MAMA) announcement last week naming Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) as one of six finalists for the new command and control center. Colorado-based OAI is no stranger to Michigan’s race for space, with deep familial roots in the state going back generations.

“We started Oakman Aerospace eight years ago out of Colorado, which remains one of the fastest growing hubs for space activity in the country. Almost a decade later, and as a family owned company, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to return to our Michigan roots in support of MAMA’s efforts to make Michigan a space state,” said Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., Co-founder, President, and Chief Systems Engineer of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “As Michigan land owners and community leaders, the Kennedy family has participated in the state’s development for many years. This is how we know the hardworking people of Michigan and its growing space ecosystem are poised to make the state a future leader of the US space industry.”

Initial discussions between OAI and CCEDC have centered around the strategic planning of a competitive bid for MAMA’s consideration of the Chippewa area for the future command and control center.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to work with such an Industry leader to bring aerospace economic opportunity to Chippewa County. The collaboration of Oakman Aerospace and the Chippewa County EDC will present a premier case for site selection in the region,” stated Chris Olson, President of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.   

The command center, along with two launch sites in Marquette and Oscoda, are projected to create more than 2,000 jobs. MAMA currently expects to complete the command center site selection by November 2020.


About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), founded in 2012, is a private, woman/veteran-owned corporation based in Littleton, Colorado. OAI is dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was created in March of 1977 after the closure of the former Kincheloe Air Force base, to help retain and create jobs, assist with the stabilization and diversification of the County’s economic base, and to promote investment and trade opportunities for business and the citizens of Chippewa County. CCEDC’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life. More information can be found at www.chippewacountyedc.com.

About MAMA
Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) is a member-supported organization that serves the interests of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing firms with a single unified voice, promoting the state of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing community within the global industry. More information can be found at www.michman.org.
 
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For the 2nd Time, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Appears on the Inc. 5000

Ranking No. 2315 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 181 Percent

August 14, 2020

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of
America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 2nd Time, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Appears on the Inc. 5000,
Ranking No. 2315 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 181 Percent

DENVER, CO - August 14, 2020 – Inc. magazine today revealed Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) placed in the top 50% of its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for the second consecutive year. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are honored to be ranked in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the country for the second year in a row,” said Maureen S. O’Brien, Co-founder & CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “We look forward to continuing to grow our team and advancing the future of aerospace through innovative technologies. Congratulations to our hardworking and motivated employees, as well as our loyal partners and clients, who have pushed the envelope of the industry to fundamentally change the landscape of space.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years. 

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020. As always, speakers will include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), founded in 2012, is a private, woman-veteran owned corporation dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

CONTACT: Danielle Cleveland
Phone: +1 3039046060
Email: danielle.cleveland@oak-aero.com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
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Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Named Top Woman-Owned Company for Fourth Consecutive Year


July 15, 2020

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) has been named a Top Woman-Owned Company by ColoradoBiz Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. ColoradoBiz Magazine conducts extensive research every year, collects industry data, and facilitates reader voting to produce various business rankings. With this acknowledgement, OAI adds the distinction of being titled one of Colorado’s top woman-owned companies to its long-standing reputation as a successful aerospace corporation.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition! It’s not just one person that makes this possible year after year, the OAI team continues to make this company truly great. Stanley Kennedy and I are so proud of what we all have accomplished together,” stated Maureen S. O’Brien, CEO and Co-Founder of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. A Navy veteran, O’Brien has over twenty years of experience in the aerospace field and has worked extensively, both at the regional and national levels, to support the continuing efforts to reform the U.S. ITAR/Export Control laws via working groups and Colorado economic development offices.


OAI first appeared on the Top Woman-Owned Company list in 2017, moving up 34 spots over the past four years to currently hold the 46th position. This recognition and the company’s continued growth are a testament to the talented team, innovative work being done, and exceptional clients OAI serves.


“This honor is really about OAI’s focus on trust in our employees, and confidence in our leadership.  I am honored to work with Maureen O’Brien building the business and continuing to make Colorado the best place to work and live,” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Co-Founder of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

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Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Named Top Veteran-Owned and Aerospace Company by Denver Business Journal


Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) has been ranked by the Denver Business Journal as the Denver area’s #6 “Veteran-Owned Business” and #12 “Aerospace Company” in 2019. Each year, the Denver Business Journal ranks Denver-area companies in their individual business sectors based on their number of full-time employees. This is the first year the Denver Business Journal has compiled a list of aerospace companies in the Denver area.

As a woman/veteran-owned small business, OAI adds these acknowledgements to its long-standing reputation as a successful aerospace corporation. OAI’s rankings, alongside many of the area’s most recognized brands and up-and-coming business leaders, are a testament to the talented OAI team, unique subject matter expertise in modular open systems, and exceptional customers/clients, teammates, and stakeholders.


“We are honored to be named on both the top ‘Aerospace Company’ and ‘Veteran-Owned Business’ lists,” stated Maureen S. O’Brien, CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “These distinctions are a direct result of our team’s incredible talent and drive to support our mission of Enabling Your Journey Through Space.”

For the complete lists from Denver Business Journal, see: 2019 Largest Denver-Area Veteran-Owned Businesses & 2019 Denver-Area Aerospace Companies

 
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Oakman Aerospace and ArsUltra Advance Partnership with Strategic MOU to Develop Modular Spacecraft Solution


Oakman Aerospace Inc. (OAI) and Argentina-based ArsUltra S.A. (AU) signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on integrating their respective technologies as well as potential new technology creation. The new agreement indicates the companies’ shared intention to advance spacecraft development through Modular Open System Architectures (MOSA) along with standardization and interoperability constructs.

“OAI’s MOSA-based Advanced Configurable Open-system Research Network (ACORN) was released commercially in 2017 and is now internationally exportable, enabling this partnership with AU,” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “We are excited to showcase the synergies between OAI and AU’s MOSA technologies to revolutionize the landscape of space.”

In development for the last four years, AU’s FREEDOM F1 Modular Spacecraft focuses on high reliability advanced modular spacecraft design. This modular spacecraft, coupled with OAI’s history of implementing MOSA in the development of spacecraft systems, will enable efficient spacecraft design and integration. The two organizations will now begin work to integrate OAI’s MOSA expertise and ACORN tool with ArsUltra’s FREEDOM F1 Modular Spacecraft design into a complete, end to end spacecraft solution.

“We are really excited about the possibility of this collaboration, which we envision as something very fruitful that will lead to a great future in the years to come for both organizations,” added Juan Martín Semegone, President and Chief Systems Engineer of ArsUltra S.A.

About Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), founded in 2012, is a private, woman-veteran owned corporation dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders.

OAI’s Advanced Configurable Open-system Research Network (ACORN) provides a scalable and expandable, closed-loop, end-to-end space system modeling and simulation environment. ACORN implements MOSA to provide open, standardized interfaces for segments, elements, subsystems, and components—enabling rapid reconfiguration of space systems. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.

About ArsUltra S.A.
ArsUltra S.A (AU) is a privately owned company from Buenos Aires, Argentina devoted to design and development of advanced High Reliability Fight Control Computers for space applications and rugged special industrial systems for harsh environments. With the heritage and knowledge in such fields, the company can extend capabilities to special R&D projects, with a variety of advanced modeling, simulations, analysis, design and development, qualification and acceptance testing in both fields.

Specializing in the design and development of Mission Critical Computers, Flight Control and Navigation computers for space and special high-reliability industrial computers for flight subsystems, ArsUltra has developed several projects for CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) as well as technologically complex projects in the Oil & Gas sector in collaboration with YPF-Tecnología and Tenaris Siderca SAIC for R&D on steel pipes without welding, among others. More information can be found at www.arsultra.com.
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Oakman Aerospace Named to Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Ranks No. 2288 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 176 Percent

Inc. magazine today revealed Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) placed in the top 50% of its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are honored to be ranked in the Inc. 5000 list alongside some of the fastest growing companies in the country,” said Maureen S. O’Brien, CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “This recognition is a testament to OAI’s motivated and hardworking team. Our company growth can be attributed to the evolving needs of our loyal partners, clients, and teammates. We look forward to continuing growth and innovation as we advance our mission to enable your journey through space.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years. 

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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Oakman Aerospace and ArsUltra Partner to Develop Modular Spacecraft Solution


Oakman Aerospace Inc. (OAI) and Argentina-based ArsUltra S.A. have signed a strategic Letter of Intent (LOI) to investigate collaborative efforts and commercial utilization associated with the development of modular spacecraft. The two organizations intend to explore a potential partnership to recognize their common interest in advancing spacecraft development through Modular Open System Architectures (MOSA) along with standardization and interoperability constructs.

OAI has a long history of implementing MOSA in the development of spacecraft systems, enabling efficient spacecraft design and integration. OAI’s Advanced Configurable Open-system Research Network (ACORN) provides a scalable and expandable, closed-loop, end-to-end space system modeling and simulation environment. ACORN implements MOSA to provide open, standardized interfaces for segments, elements, subsystems, and components—enabling rapid reconfiguration of the system.

“OAI and ArsUltra have very complementary and compatible products and services that will enable new and innovative solutions for our end-customers. We are already working closely with common teammates, suppliers, and stakeholders. This collaboration will continue to leverage and expand upon these existing relationships,” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. President and Chief Systems Engineer of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

ArsUltra is a hardware development technology company specializing in the design and development of Mission Critical Computers, Flight Control and Navigation computers for space and special high-reliability industrial computers for flight subsystems. ArsUltra focuses on the research of space projects, concentrating on advanced modeling, simulation, analysis, design and development. Notably, ArsUltra has developed several projects for CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) as well as technologically complex projects in the Oil & Gas sector in collaboration with YPF-Tecnología and Tenaris Siderca SAIC for modeling steel pipes without welding, among others. In development for the last four years, ArsUltra’s FREEDOM F1 Modular Spacecraft focuses on high reliability advanced modular spacecraft design.

The two organizations first will investigate the technical feasibility of integrating OAI’s MOSA expertise and ACORN tool with ArsUltra’s “FREEDOM F1 Modular Spacecraft” design into a complete, end to end spacecraft solution.

“ArsUltra and OAI have similar strategies and organizational values. We have identified a complimentary relationship between the software developments of OAI and ArsUltra’s hardware that allow us to envision a partnership which will revolutionize the development of modular architectures. This integration of both hardware and software into a complete solution answers the new challenges of the Space industry to come,” added Juan Martín Semegone, President and Chief Systems Engineer of ArsUltra S.A.
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Oakman Aerospace, Inc. Named Top Woman-Owned Company for Third Consecutive Year


By Oakman Aerospace

ColoradoBiz Magazine has named Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) a Top Woman-Owned Company for the third consecutive year. Each year, ColoradoBiz Magazine conducts extensive research, collects industry data, and facilitates reader voting to produce various business rankings. With this acknowledgement, OAI adds the distinction of being titled one of Colorado’s top woman-owned companies to its long-standing reputation as a successful aerospace corporation.

“We are so pleased to receive this recognition! It’s not just one person that makes this possible year after year, the OAI team continues to make this company truly great.  Stanley Kennedy and I are so proud of what we all have accomplished together,” stated Maureen S. O’Brien, CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

OAI first appeared on the Top Woman-Owned Company list in 2017, moving up 26 spots over the past three years to currently hold the 54th position. This recognition and the company’s continued growth are a testament to the talented team, innovative work being done, and exceptional clients OAI serves.

“This honor is really about OAI’s focus on trust in our employees, and confidence in our leadership.  I am honored to work with Maureen O’Brien building the business and continuing to make Colorado the best place to work and live,” stated Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer of Oakman Aerospace, Inc.



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First Quarter 2019 Newsletter


By Oakman Aerospace - April 18, 2019

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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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www.oak-aero.com | 303.904.6060
9092 S Ridgeline Boulevard | Littleton, CO 80129

 

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