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AE Industrial Partners Acquires Adcole Maryland Aerospace, a Specialist in Small Satellites and Spacecraft Components

Boca Raton, FL – March [3], 2020 – AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets, announced today that it has acquired Adcole Maryland Aerospace (“AMA” or the “Company”), a long-standing leader in the design, manufacture, test and integration of critical spacecraft components and small satellites, from Adcole Corporation, a portfolio company of Artemis Capital Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. AMA represents the seventh new platform investment closed by AEI in the last 12 months. [...] Read Full Article »

AMA Announces MAI-025 Micro ADACS

Adcole Maryland Aerospace today announced the MAI-025 1/4U Micro Attitude Determination And Control System (ADACS)— a sub miniature nadir pointing ADACS solution suitable for cost sensitive applications having limited size, weight and power. The MAI-025 Micro ADACS offers a complete attitude determination and control system in 1/4U. The unit contains a single reaction wheel and 3 Torque Rods and a magnetometer as the only sensor. Simply apply power and the MAI-25 Micro ADACS system autonomously detumbles, acquires attitude and points the spacecraft to nadir. In addition, the solution utilizes a simplified command protocol that minimizes management by the spacecraft or the ground. [...] Read Full Article »

Tiny Star Trackers Help Spacecraft Find Their Place

NASA tackles some of the biggest questions in the universe, and the tools needed to look for answers are often, themselves, big, in both size and cost. But one small aerospace company has designed a modern take on an ancient navigation device that is tiny, cheap, and potentially revolutionary for NASA and private companies that explore the universe. [...] Read Full Article »

SMDC gains new vision with Kestrel Eye

Members of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center were present April 28 as Kestrel Eye, a small, low-cost, visible-imagery satellite prototype designed to ultimately provide near real-time images to the tactical-level ground Soldier in the field, rapidly and inexpensively, was able to open its doors take its first images from space. [...] Read Full Article »

Kestrel Eye demonstration comes to an end

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center's Kestrel Eye reached end of life in late August. As a Science and Technology demonstration, Kestrel Eye provided USASMDC/ARSTRAT vital data and crucial lessons learned for supporting future Army small satellite programs. [...] Read Full Article »

Army’s Microsatellite Demonstrator Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket to Support Tactical Comms

A U.S. Army microsatellite lifted off aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket Monday to demonstrate collection and delivery of real-time imagery data from space to tactical warfighters on ground. [...] Read Full Article »

SpaceX to Launch a Supercomputer and Army Satellite to the ISS This Afternoon

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral this afternoon to send a Dragon capsule full of cargo to the International Space Station. The mission, CRS-12, will be SpaceX's twelfth resupply mission to the ISS and its eleventh Falcon 9 launch this year. Liftoff is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT with a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions. SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage at Landing Zone 1 at the Cape. [...] Read Full Article »

U.S. Army prepares to launch Kestrel Eye satellite atop Falcon 9

The U.S. Army is set to launch its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite Aug. 14 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, service officials said last week at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium. [...] Read Full Article »

A mini-fridge-size satellite could help troops get a real-time view of the upcoming battlefield

A network of tiny satellites as small as a dorm-room refrigerator could one day give military troops on the ground a real-time look at what's lurking over the next hill. [...] Read Full Article »

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