Vermont Space Company Looks to Debut its Product Next Year
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Benchmark Space Systems, a South-Burlington-based tech company, is ready to send its first propulsion system to space next year.
Established in 2017, the company focuses on providing propulsion system for small satellites, according to its website. Chris Carella, director of business development for Benchmark Space, said they are going to fly their DFAST propulsion system as an “on-orbit demonstration” in the first quarter of 2020. It is a milestone for the company.
The satellite will be sent to orbit 300 kilometers away from Earth.
“Because until you do that in-space demonstration, you’ve only demonstrated the capability in a vacuum chamber here on Earth. So it’s a next step in maturing the business and technology,” Carella said.
Benchmark Space already has millions of dollars of backlogged orders, Carella said. A successful demonstration would lower the risk factors for customers and the company would start to ship out its products. He said it is looking to sell 100 to 200 systems a year.