BOULDER, Colo., August 13, 2019 — For the past four years, small satellite manufacturer provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has provided critical hardware for each of the AIAA/USU Small Satellite of the Year Award winners. The award is presented each summer at the AIAA Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Technical Committee awarded the 2019 title to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) MarCO mission. MarCO is the first interplanetary CubeSat mission, having successfully traveled through deep space to Mars. BCT provided its state-of-the-art XACT Attitude Control System for both MarCO-A and MarCO-B, two briefcase-sized satellites that accompanied the Insight lander and provided near-real-time telemetry as the rover pierced the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
The Small Satellite of the Year Awards are presented annually to a mission that has demonstrated a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites. Eligible missions must have individual satellite wet mass of less than 150 kg, and must have launched, established communication, and have acquired results from on-orbit after January 1 of the previous year.
Previous award-winning missions Blue Canyon Technologies has supported also include:
BCT is currently building more than 60 spacecraft for government, commercial and academic customers, supporting LEO, GEO, Lunar and interplanetary missions. The company has doubled in size over the past 12 months and plans to open its new 80,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility in 2020.
Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc., (BCT) a Colorado-based private company founded in 2008 to bring innovative, reliable and affordable solutions to space missions, is an experienced integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced aerospace products and technologies. BCT is a vertically integrated spacecraft manufacturer supporting nearly 40 unique missions with over 70 spacecraft. The company currently has more than 60 satellites in production and is developing a new 80,000-square-foot facility for high rate production.
BCT has supported missions for The U.S. Air Force, NASA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and many others and provided the Attitude Control Systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats which successfully traveled to Mars. The company has been recognized with awards including Inc Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch, and the 2019 Colorado Biz Made in Colorado Emerging Manufacturer Winner.
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