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April 12th, 2018

General Atomics' New Small Sat Paradigms at the Space Symposium... an Orbital Test Bed, and Ground-to-Space Solutions 

Getting ready to launch and display their wares at Booth #140 at the 34th Space Symposium, April 15-19, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS).  The company will be exhibiting its satellite and space system technologies as part of their expanding portfolio of small satellite and mission-support capabilities, providing ground-to-space solutions for nano, micro and small satellites. These technologies offer modularity and payload flexibility for a variety of mission and customer requirements.

General Atomics (GA) is on the forefront of researching, designing, and manufacturing transformational technologies to support critical land, sea, air and space operations worldwide including first-of-kind electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems, multi-mission railgun weapon systems, satellite systems, and integrated power and energy technologies that assist  military forces with complex challenges and protect against evolving threats.

Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS said that they’re exhibiting at the Space Symposium to introduce attendees to their range of innovative, cost saving platforms, payload and mission support capabilities, and their history of launch and operations success. From concept to on-orbit, they provide the design, integration, test, manufacturing, and launch expertise necessary to help meet customer-specific mission requirements.

Nick Bucci, vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS added that their satellites and payloads support defense, telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, technology demonstration, and academic missions. Their unique designs can launch multiple payloads on a single platform, eliminating the need for customers to bear the costly burden of a dedicated platform and launch.

GA-EMS will be featuring the Orbital Test Bed (OTB), a new paradigm for low-Earth orbit hosted payload satellites. OTB is a versatile, modular platform based on a flight-proven “hosting” model that provides customers with affordable access to space to test and qualify technologies. GA-EMS is currently completing final pre-flight testing for the OTB mission that will launch as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Technology Program (STP-2) flight on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The OTB mission is to host several payloads for technology demonstration, including the Deep Space Atomic Clock designed and built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on behalf of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, for future deep space navigation and exploration.

GA-EMS will be exhibiting at Booth #140, located in the Exhibit Center at the Broadmoor Resort.