AFWERX Announces Phoenix Launch Systems, Inc. Among Top Teams Selected to Exhibit at EngageSpace

AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced Phoenix Launch Systems, Inc. as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a two-day virtual event on September 29-30.

Download the press release HERE.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency. Continue reading “AFWERX Announces Phoenix Launch Systems, Inc. Among Top Teams Selected to Exhibit at EngageSpace”

Phoenix Launch Systems Selected To Participate in AFWERX Challenge Showcase

Phoenix Launch Systems is pleased to announce that we have been invited to participate in the U.S. Air Force AFWERX Challenge Showcase in September ( This invitation-only program is a high-prestige initiative within the Air Force to identify providers of solutions to the needs and problems within the Air Force and larger DoD community. Participation in the Showcase is an important component of a process leading to contracting and partnership opportunities with the U.S. government and private industry for the invited companies.

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New Partnership – Utowave

We are extremely excited that we have established a relationship with Utowave to potentially provide launch services for their nanosatellite communications constellation. “Utowave is a space venture that is focused on building ‘moonshot’ constellations for advancements of the human race.” Learn more about Utowave at:

New Partnership – Space Resources Laboratory

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Space Resources Laboratory to offer our customers a wide range of cubesat hardware systems and support. We are also planning to provide any launch services required to SRL to conduct test and qualification flights of their systems currently in development. Learn more about Space Resources Laboratory at:

New Partnership – Celestial Space Technologies

We are excited about our new relationship with Celestial Space Technologies, providing advanced antenna systems to our nanosatellite launch customers. Flexible S-band communications systems for the small satellite community. In combination with the ground segment services provided by Leaf Space, we are able to offer customers comprehensive options for their spacecraft communications requirements. Learn more about Celestial Space Technologies at:

Rocket Lab CEO: ‘a year and a half slog’ due to coronavirus

Many companies in the space industry have seen operations grind to a crawl in the past two months because of the coronavirus crisis, a problem compounded by frozen venture capital that used to be readily available.

Worse, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck told CNBC that this is only the “early days” of the crisis for an industry that saw a boom time over the past decade. While he remains hopeful that some creative and well-funded companies may continue pushing forward, Beck warned that this “is going to be a really challenging time.”

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Statement on COVID-19

This is an extremely challenging time for startup companies as COVID-19 has forced many to halt operations or close down completely. It has taken a tremendous toll on the financial and investment markets which makes it nearly impossible for early-stage companies to raise funding at a critical time when they need it. We are not immune to these circumstances, but we have been proactive and are positioned to ride out the storm.

First, we have implemented work-at-home for everyone regardless of state or country. By a coincidence of timing, our work is currently focused on design, simulation and software, all of which can be effectively performed at home.

Second, our near-term hiring plan, implemented prior to the coronavirus crisis, targets early May for new hires to start. While this date will likely slip due to conditions, we have been able to grow our team over the past month. We believe that this will help set the stage for rapid growth once financial stresses begin to ease.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the personal toll that the pandemic is taking on people’s lives. Most of us know people who have fallen ill or even passed away. We fear for our own health as well as that of our friends and families. Many fear for the future as much as anything else. As they say, “this too shall pass”. Even so, there will be a long recovery ahead presenting its own challenges and for those who lose their lives, there is no positive outcome.

However, we will recover. We will persevere and welcome the day we will feel the satisfaction of moving ahead and building the future that we always have and continue to envision. That’s where my focus lies and the efforts of everyone at Phoenix Launch Systems. Even during this difficult time, we are moving forward and will continue to do so through and beyond this time of crisis.

Spaceport Azores

@PhoenixLaunch has signed a letter of support and intent to a consortium competing to develop a new spaceport in the Azores. We see this as an ideal location for SSO launches in future years and are excited by the potential.