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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

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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