SmallSat MBSE SBIR Awarded

Orbital Transports is happy to announce that we’ve been selected to receive a NASA SBIR Phase I award for our proposal to develop Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methods and tools to improve capabilities and reliability in small spacecraft missions.  These methods and tools will enable rapid, comprehensive, deeper and more integrated spacecraft design across the entire life cycle from initial concept through system operations and end of mission disposal.  This work will build on our contributions to and involvement with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Space Systems Working Group on applying the MBSE approach to CubeSat missions.  Model-Based…

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Orbital Transports at SmallSat 2018

Orbital Transports is excited to be exhibiting at the 32nd AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites in Logan, Utah, next week.  Internationally recognized as the premier conference on small satellites, SmallSat provides a forum for the best minds in the small satellite industry to focus on the key challenges and opportunities in the small satellite industry today.  To serve the ever-growing small satellite market, Orbital Transports offers businesses with limited prior experience in space a low-risk and cost-effective opportunity to harness the value of small spacecraft missions. We coordinate the complex elements involving space vehicles, people, facilities, and services to deliver…

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Orbital Transports Selected for NASA SBIR Grant Award

Orbital Transports is proud to announce that we were selected to receive a NASA SBIR Phase I grant for our proposal to develop advanced ultrasonic acoustic sensor networks to detect micrometeor and orbital debris (MMOD) impacts on large space structures like the International Space Station. The study will explore methods of training machine learning systems to detect MMOD impacts from the acoustic emissions, determine the location of the impact site, and classify the extent of the consequent damage. “We’ve been developing these concepts as part of our space infrastructure, servicing and maintenance program for a couple of years,” said Orbital…

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Voyage Chicago – Meet David Hurst of Orbital Transports

VoyageChicago interviewed Orbital Transports founder and CEO David Hurst. Today we’d like to introduce you to David Hurst. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I’ve dreamt of going to space since I was a boy. Watching the Apollo astronauts land on the Moon in 1969 captivated my imagination. I grew up on predictions of Moon bases, space colonies orbiting the Earth, and giant solar power satellites beaming power down to the ground and ending our dependence on oil. I knew that our destiny lay…

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Chicago companies launch plans for business in outer space

Orbital Transports mentioned in the Chicago Tribune: [Hurst] wants Orbital Transports to eventually develop infrastructure in space — cosmic equivalents to earth’s roads, trains and bridges — to support continuing operations in the first 100 to 200 miles of space, called low-earth orbit, and beyond. That could mean mining ice from the lunar south pole or metals from asteroids near earth, … or delivering rocket fuel to spacecraft while they’re in orbit. “The entire goal is to really develop this infrastructure that will make it possible and in fact easier for people to travel and work and operate in space,”…

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SmallSat Conference 2017 Summary

Orbital Transports highlighted space logistics and orbital infrastructure services for small satellite missions at the recent SmallSat Conference 2017 in Logan, Utah. Smallsats range in mass from less than 2 lbs to 360 lbs, and are gaining in popularity as affordable space missions across a growing range of industries. The annual Small Satellite Conference provides a forum to review recent successes, explore new directions, and introduces emerging technologies.  The conference creates an excellent environment for networking and offers the opportunity to launch new, innovative, and low-cost technologies. We had a successful trade show at the exhibition with an impressive turnout…

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Small Sats, Bigger Conference

Several years ago, while attending SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah, CEO David Hurst recognized the growing need for a space logistics provider in the space industry. It galvanized the core purpose of Orbital Transports, and has helped to build the network of partners we have today. To serve the ever-growing satellite market, Orbital Transports works with its clients to solve space logistical challenges. We coordinate the complex elements involving space vehicles, people, facilities, and services to deliver small satellite solutions from concept to through to completed mission. If you’re one of the many who descend upon Logan for the SmallSat…

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CubeSats Moving Out of the Box

The Cal Poly CubeSat program has been hosting the CubeSat Developers’ Workshop for the past thirteen years, but this year is a bit different. Driven by years of success, and growth of the market, the event has outgrown the facilities they used in previous years.  It will now be relocating to the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly Campus to host the workshop on April 26-28, 2017. The annual event brings together participants from around the world to share and discuss the latest developments in space and CubeSat technology. Orbital Transports will be one of this year’s attendees. Dr…

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