Accion Systems, York Space Systems to Develop Standardized Propulsion System

BOSTON, August 7, 2017 (Accion Systems PR) — Accion Systems and York Space Systems announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a standardized propulsion system for future use with York Space Systems’ spacecraft platform.  As part of the intended partnership, Accion Systems will become a preferred provider of standardized propulsion systems, providing York’s customers with state-of-the-art ion engine systems for their spacecraft missions.

“We are thrilled to be working with York Space Systems, one of the most exciting manufacturers of satellites today,” said Natalya Bailey, CEO of Accion Systems.  “By leveraging our scalable electric propulsion systems, York’s customers will be able to expand the capabilities and extend the life of each mission, helping create a new standard for what’s achievable in commercial and government space.”

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Chuck Beams Joins York Space Systems

DENVER, March 6, 2017 (York Space Systems PR) — York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, today announced that Charles Beames has been elected to the York Space Systems Board of Directors as Executive Chairman and also joins the team as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). A seasoned industry veteran, Beames joins the team from Vulcan Aerospace, where he led the development of its Stratolaunch satellite launch system and oversaw Vulcan’s space investment portfolio as President.

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Vector Space Systems Announces $60M Agreement with York Space Systems

Credit: Vector Space Systems
Credit: Vector Space Systems

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2016 (Vector Space Systems PR) — Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today finalized an agreement with York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in small and medium class spacecraft, to conduct six satellite launches from 2019 through 2022 with the option for 14 additional launches. The first launch through the agreement will also be the inaugural launch of the Vector-H vehicle, which is capable of launching 100 kg into orbit, and will provide an integrated spacecraft to customers through a standardized platform.

York Space Systems will use the launches with Vector Space Systems to place their standardized S-Class satellite platform into orbit for commercial and government customers. York Space Systems’ satellites will also employ the unique Electric Upper Stage which uses Vector Space Systems’ propriety electric propulsion technology as the final insertion stage of the Vector-H to place the satellites into orbital altitudes up to 1000 km with zero loss of launch throw mass capability.

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York Space Systems Closes Seed Round of Investment

York_Space_Systems_logoDENVER, Jan. 28, 2015 (York Space Systems PR) — York Space Systems, the innovative American aerospace company specializing in small and medium class spacecraft based in Denver, CO, recently closed on their Seed Round of investment.

York Space Systems will use the funds to continue to develop their AESV S-Class platform which leverages a proprietary design to reduce the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude. The S-Class platform is a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft capable of supporting 90kg payloads with up to 100W of Orbit Average Power (OAP). Designed for mass manufacture and intended for constellations, the S-Class supports a wide range of missions including earth observation and communication; and is capable of steady state operation in any orbit inclination and orientation without redesign. The platform form factor can leverage existing share ride opportunities on ESPAs, or can be adapted to any of the numerous dedicated small launch vehicles currently under development to significantly reduce launch segment costs. Under the current plan, the platform will be available in the second half of 2016.

“Ultimately, we feel this platform is a game changer,” says Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York. “The design is fundamentally different from anything on the market. To get somewhere different, you have to actually take a different path. We went back to the drawing board and designed this spacecraft for exactly the types of large scale ventures we have been hearing so much about in the past couple weeks.” he continued. “This type of reduction in cost changes the fundamental economics of most space based business plans…it enables space applications that simply didn’t close before. We see a market in that.”