In an effort to
keep California competitive in the 21st century commercial space
industry, seven companies will share $1 million in matching grants, on
projects including improving launch capabilities and
low-earth-orbiting for satellites weighing up to 10,000 pounds, the
Trade and Commerce Agency announced today.

“These grants are a vital component in advancing California’s
ability to more effectively compete in the emerging commercial space
industry,” said Agency Secretary, Lon S. Hatamiya. “The industry
produces high-wage jobs and has the potential to develop a plethora of

Secretary Hatamiya noted that California has already reaped
benefits from the commercial space industry: more than 50 percent of
satellites currently in orbit were built in California, and four of
the world’s six largest satellite manufacturers are headquartered in
the Golden State.

Administered through the Agency’s Division of Science, Technology
& Innovation, the Highway To Space Program is designed to support key
infrastructure projects and help California more effectively compete
in the emerging commercial space marketplace.

Following is a listing of the seven grant recipients, name of
project, and project description.

JP Aerospace, Inc. (Davis), $67,500

MicroSat Launch System. The MicroSat Launch System is a launch
vehicle designed to place small payloads into low Earth orbit. The
goal of this project is to reduce the cost of small satellite launches
by a factor of four. This system will provide space access for
payloads from one to five pounds. The program will include the
construction of two development rockets, single and two stage test
launches, and one launch platform flight to 100,000 feet. Key contact:
John Powell (530/757-1808).

Pioneer Rocketplane, Inc. (Solvang), $200,000

Pathfinder Space Launch System. Pioneer Rocketplane is developing
Pathfinder, a space launch system for small and medium payloads at low
cost. By using a variety of upper stages, payloads ranging from 200 to
6,000 pounds can be launched economically. Pioneer proposes an upper
stage design program incorporating new technologies in conjunction
with potential suppliers. This project is designed to provide
technology advancement to aid in future national reusable launch
vehicle development decisions. Key contact: Mitchell Clapp

SpaceDev, Inc. (Poway), $200,000

Small Spacecraft Assembly and Test Facility. SpaceDev proposes to
build a Satellite Assembly and Test (SAT) facility capable of
manufacturing and operating low cost satellites for California
academic institutions, government programs and commercial industry.
SpaceDev’s SAT will be able to accommodate both rough sub-orbital and
sophisticated deep-space spacecraft in the same low cost environment.
SpaceDev will co-locate a spacecraft Mission Operations and Control
Center (MOCC) with the proposed Spacecraft Assembly and Test facility.
Key contact: Charles Lloyd (858/375-2030).

Kelly Space & Technology, Inc., (San Bernardino), $145,989

Astroliner Launch System Project. The Astroliner Launch System
project addresses the emerging low-earth-orbit (LEO) market for
satellites weighing up to 10,000 pounds. The system consists of a
tow-launched Astroliner Launch Vehicle that includes a reusable,
fly-back first stage and expendable upper stage(s). The project is
currently entering into full-scale engineering design and development.
Key contact: Chief Operating Officer Michael Gallo (909/382-5642).

Satellite Power, Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga), $45,000

Low Cost Flash Solar Simulator. This project will produce a power
supply and lamp house for a flash solar simulation system, which will
have the same performance as current simulators, with significantly
lower cost than existing commercial systems. Key contact: Mark Bower

McDonnell Douglas Corp. (Huntington Beach), $200,000

Vandenberg Air Force Base Harbor Dredging Project. The Boeing
Company is currently designing launch facilities at Vandenberg Air
Force Base, which will be the headquarters for our West coast
operations for the Delta IV launch vehicle. The first scheduled launch
at VAFB of a Boeing Delta IV rocket is in 2002, with planned launches
through 2020. This project will assist in re-establishing a navigable
harbor and functional wharf area to load and unload shipments of
construction materials, large launch vehicle components, and space
flight hardware. Key contact: Mark Fiduccia (703/549-8697).

Spaceport System International LLP, (Lompoc), $141,511

Medium Satellite Encapsulation Capability. This project seeks to
increase the capability of Spaceport System International’s Integrated
Processing Facility (IPF), an existing and operating facility, at a
fraction of the cost required to build a new facility. This
modification will substantially improve the profitability of their
commercial satellite processing enterprise by increasing the number of
satellites that can be accommodated. Key contact: Orlando C. Severo,
Jr. (805/733-7370).

The California Trade and Commerce Agency is the state’s lead
agency for business development, corporate attraction and job
creation, and includes the Division of Science, Technology &


California Trade and Commerce Agency

Norman D. Williams or Mike Marando, 916/327-7222