Sierra Nevada Corp., known for fast work on classified jobs like the Army's ODIN intelligence aircraft, is debuting its new Space Systems unit at the National Space Symposium as it bets a couple of new space acquisitions on a coming boom in small-satellite applications.
Colleagues Amy Butler and Grafham Warwick highlighted the new Sierra Nevada subsidiary in this week's Aviation Week & Space Technology, putting it in context with a growing array of companies who see smallsats as the wave of the future in national security space.
Formed when Sierra Nevada acquired MicroSat Systems and SpaceDev last year, the Space Systems unit already counts more than 250 employees among the parent company's 1,600-plus. They work in four locations around the country: smallsat design and development at Littleton, Colo.; mechanical subsystems, deployable structures and satellite manufacturing at Louisville, Colo.; electromechanical components, including motors and actuators, at Durham, N.C., and hybrid propulsion and small satellites at the old SpaceDev facility in Poway, Calif.
Between them MicroSat and SpaceDev brought a 20-year heritage in space to Sierra Nevada, with their hardware on more than 300 spacecraft. The company will display its wares and introduce its leadership -- Corporate Vice President Mark Sirangelo; John Roth, vice president, business development; Jeff Summers, vice president, technology and Jerry Harvey, vice president, programs -- in the exhibition hall at the Broadmoor during the symposium.