Phantom Space Acquires Micro Aerospace Solutions in Bid to Democratize Space Access
Henry Ford is back, and this time he’s making spaceships
Space transportation company Phantom Space took its latest step toward vertical integration Tuesday when it announced the acquisition of Micro Aerospace Solutions (MAS), a firm that has developed proprietary technologies in areas such as space communications systems, propulsion systems, and electrical hardware design for spacecraft and rockets.
Phantom Space’s stated goal is to become the “Henry Ford of space transportation” by democratizing space access through the mass manufacture of launch vehicles, satellites and propulsion systems. Following the acquisition of StratSpace last May, Phantom’s move to grab MAS is the second in a series of similar acquisitions aimed at making its vision of building and launching hundreds of rockets per year a reality.
“This is an exciting time for us to be joining Phantom and helping them make their vision a reality,” says Dr. Don Platt, Founder of MAS. “They’ve had an incredible year thus far, and have a lot in store for the near future, including the launch of the Phantom Daytona rocket. To have our technology be a part of this historic moment in time is exhilarating, as is watching our technology grow as a result of the acquisition.”
Micro Aerospace Solutions specializes in microsatellites, thruster design, propulsion systems, attitude control, command and data handling, and computer communications systems for spacecraft and rockets. It has proprietary wide-band communications hardware which allows a broader range of connectivity in multiple spectrums through software-defined radio, proprietary in-space propulsion systems, extensive experience with electrical system design specific to in-space infrastructure, microcontroller systems, environmental control, navigation and tracking, imaging systems, scientific sensors, and display systems.
Technological benefits aside, Phantom Aerospace is attracted to MAS’ experience and expertise, from its record working with various groups and markets in system design to its familiarity with ISO9000 and NASA standard compliances. It also offers experience in the design, development and flight of many ISS Payloads as well as ISS certification testing. Moreover, MAS has a Space Act agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center facilities for the development of hardware and software from the prototype stage to the requirements needed for space flight, including telemetry and command formatting, watchdog timers, power management and file download.
“With every passing day, the democratization of space access becomes more and more of a reality,” says Jim Cantrell, Co-Founder and CEO of Phantom. “A significant revolution in low cost and low-hassle space access is underway and as a result we are seeing a vertical integration of the launch and satellite markets as a single product offering to many customers. Offering bundled launch and satellite bus products allows experts in space imaging, IOT and other space applications to concentrate on building that part of their business rather than spending energy and resources on developing the underlying satellite and launch technologies. By acquiring Micro Aerospace Solutions and integrating their technology into our own, we are furthering Phantom’s mass manufacturing and distribution of space transportation technology, enabling us to push these discussions and explorations forward even more.”
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