There’s an App for That: Hudson Space Systems Breaks into Space to Fly STEM Payloads

Nathan Tahbaz (Credit: Hudson Space Systems)

By David Bullock
Staff Writer

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hudson Space System helps its customers get research and manufacturing in the microgravity of space. They guide customers from vision and idea to a fully integrated solution in the microgravity environment.

CEO and Co-founder Nathan Tahbaz discovered his love of space technology while a freshman at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. At the time, he participated in a NASA Space Grant program called RockSat that launched an experiment on a suborbital flight.

“I got to develop a payload that was launched on a sounding rocket, and that was the first time I was able to watch a rocket launch live and it was incredible,” Tahbaz explained. “Being able to launch something that you’ve built is one thing, but being there and being hit by that wave of sound was also just insane. It was a very tangible motivator to do something in the space sector.”

For his senior year at Stevens, Tahbaz was in a hands-on capstone program that was part business and part engineering. It is where he met Hudson Space Systems’ co-founder Monica Traupmann. They formed a small company.

“We have about five people,” said Tahbaz. “Everyone is hands on.”

Traupmann said agility is the key to Hudson Space.

Monica Traupmann (Credit: Hudson Space Systems)

“Our management style is very self-motivated. With such a small group of people, it’s very important to understand both your own and everyone else’s strengths, so there’s a strong intuitive ownership of ‘spheres’ of work,” she said. “Yet, knowing when to ask for help, from each other or advisors, our outside council, is that much more important and thus highly encouraged among us. The advantages are that it allows us to be highly agile as a team. However, this requires that we all have a higher awareness of many aspects of our company and can’t afford to be myopic or holed in to one domain.”

The magic behind Hudson Space Systems is its app, which allows customers to plan out their payloads for upcoming rideshare launches. The company’s user interface allows the customer to apply various processes to assemble a project on their own through a single web app. Guided by the user interface, customers can select from available capsules, reusable vehicles, micro-factories and micro-labs.

“So if you’re doing biology research or filament development manufacturing, instead of having to engage with a company to design a custom implementation, customers can start with these preconfigured modules which reduces the price for them and eases the complexity for both them and us,” Tahbaz said.

“Part of what makes Hudson so exciting is that we’re designing our payloads to be carried by any existing or thus-far announced LEO-capable launcher offering rideshare,” Traupmann said. “This allows us to an offer a high frequency and flexibility of launch to our customers.”

Hudson Space Systems has raised $750,000 primarily through angel investment. The company expects its first revenues in 2023.