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March 1st, 2018

York Space Systems' S-CLASS Spacecraft Platform Passes CDR Muster

York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacturer of standardized spacecraft platforms, has successfully completed the Harbinger Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) leveraging the company’s industrial-grade S-CLASS spacecraft platform.

The detailed technical review, conducted by representatives from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and the U.S. Air Force, occurred at York Space Systems’ brand-new spacecraft design and production facility in Denver, Colorado. The review included a tour of Metropolitan State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute capabilities that are being used to accelerate the production of the S-CLASS platform. The spacecraft is currently being constructed at York’s facility and will be demonstrated for government customers with its Multi-Mission Operations Center, located in the same building. 

The rapid completion of the CDR demonstrates York’s ability to efficiently execute under accelerated schedule timelines. The S-CLASS platform is the backbone for three additional constellation missions performing Earth observation, celestial monitoring, and national defense.

York Space Systems’ S-CLASS platform is a critical part of the space segment infrastructure, which is required to support the rapid launch cadence now being demonstrated. With monthly and weekly launches planned by a wide variety of launch providers, York is well-positioned to meet this demand through its cutting-edge production processes and real-time availability, without which, rapid and affordable launches of satellites is not possible.

Robert Baltrum, VP of Engineering at York Space Systems, stated, "The company is delighted to pass another critical milestone in the firm's march forward toward rapid and affordable deployment of space missions."

John London III, Chief Engineer for Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) Space and Strategic Systems Directorate, added, "The York team continues to demonstrate their ability to execute quickly and efficiently. The success of this CDR marks a significant milestone for the S-CLASS platform and the capabilities the Harbinger Mission will demonstrate for the Army."

Charles Beames, Executive Chairman and CSO for York Space Systems, added, "Completing this successful technical review with such positive comments from the firm's customer and partner network is another huge step toward the cost revolution for space businesses. York’s ability to deploy this mission, and others already under contract, from a singular platform represents a sorely needed capability for customers across all segments. The S-CLASS platform’s ability to conduct virtually any LEO mission at a significantly lower price point, makes it a key enabler for the resiliency desperately needed by operators everywhere. The Board of Directors, York's strategic partners, and the rest of York Space Systems are all tremendously proud of the team and their execution against the Army’s pressing launch schedule."

To learn more about York Space Systems and the S-CLASS platform, please visit: https://www.yorkspacesystems.com/