CSBR Email - Newsletter

Subject: Newsletter


A Message from our Chair 


Greetings CSBR members and community! I am excited to continue to lead the Colorado Space Business Roundtable.  The CSBR Board of Directors and Advisory Board members are committed to connecting and advancing Colorado aerospace. Through our commitment we offer you opportunities to grow your business, network with individuals in all aspects of the industry, and become part of the strong network of support in Colorado.   

2020 gave us a new perspective on how we support each other as an industry, community and society.    2021 is showing some promise of light at the end of the tunnel, despite a rocky start. The news of the selection of Huntsville, Alabama as Space Command Headquarters was a shock.  Our Colorado Aerospace community, including CSBR, has banded together to challenge that last minute political decision and has been successful in demanding a review of the decision. We anxiously await the outcome of the review. Colorado’s US Senate representative, Senator John Hickenlooper, has been selected to chair the new senate subcommittee on Science and Space which is part of the US. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This news continues to support our state’s efforts to be a strong voice in the future policies of our United States space efforts.  

This year, we look forward to growing the Colorado aerospace community. Advancing the mission and business of space exploration throughout the state of Colorado is a key objective. This newsletter will be one part of this collaborative effort.  I hope you will enjoy the new format of our newsletter as new features such as business news, member profiles and job listings will encourage engagement in our community.  Look for new CSBR events throughout the new year and join us for the first event Aerospace Day at the Capitol on Tuesday March 9th

Alires Almon
Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable


Member Industry Update
Colorado, The Epicenter for National Security Space


Colorado is home to our nation's most critical space capabilities that provide defense for our nation and our allies.  The capabilities include precision navigation and timing signals, ballistic missile threat detection and warning, and communications systems that are vital for all national security operations.  These capabilities are enabled by a significant defense space infrastructure, an innovative and thriving aerospace business ecosystem, and a highly educated, talented, and skilled workforce.  These economic attributes not only provide for a strong national space-based defense capability, but also are a catalyst for the nation's largest per capita aerospace economy in the nation. 

Colorado is also the temporary home for US Space Command and is the basing location for critical Department of Defense space operations to include that National Space Defense Center at the Peterson-Schriever Garrison.  Although Huntsville, Alabama was recently selected to be the eventual permanent home for U.S. Space Command, no other state in the nation has the preponderance of defense space systems operations, defense space production capabilities, and a national security space headquarters, Air Force Space Command.  Colorado is truly "the epicenter of national security space capability" and the decision to base US Space Command other than in Colorado, deserves a thorough review by the current Administration

Jay Lindell
Aerospace & Defense Industry Champion
Global Business Development


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar


March 9th

Register for the online event here

Join the Colorado Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE), Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT), Aerospace States' Association (ASA), Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and Manufacturer's Edge in coordination with our numerous aerospace partner organizations, at this years Aerospace Day at the Colorado State Capitol.

Enjoy networking and dialogue with our Colorado Legislators discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state.

2020 Aerospace Day at the Capital!


CSBR Member Profiles


ispace inc. Opens U.S. Headquarters in Denver 

ispace inc. is a lunar exploration company with offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States. The company has raised a cumulative total of approximately $133 million (USD) in investment. The funding is being used to develop a commercial lunar lander program, which will provide a high-frequency, low-cost delivery service to the Moon. ispace is currently making strong progress on its Mission 1 and Mission 2 preparations, launching in 2022 and 2023 respectively. Building upon this momentum, ispace is looking to the future. 

After thorough consideration among a competitive list of locations around the United States, ispace selected Denver, Colorado as the location for its U.S. subsidiary, primarily due to the access to talent in the state. The office will be responsible for engineering ispace’s next-generation lunar lander. Significantly more capable than ispace’s current spacecraft, ispace is proud that the next-generation lunar lander is being completely designed, built, and launched in the United States in support of NASA’s Artemis program.  

ispace is also looking forward to opportunities to support the broader U.S. commercial space sector, as well as terrestrial American companies with their lunar exploration interests. Likewise, ispace plans to collaborate with American companies to build a thriving lunar ecosystem in the years ahead.


Ayala Engineering

Ayala Engineering was founded by Miguel Ayala, a 20-year veteran of the aerospace industry.   Ayala Engineering, established in 2018, is a minority owned small business located in Lakewood, Colorado in process to be SBA Section 8(a) certified by Q2 2021.

Ayala Engineering provides highly specialized mechanical engineering services to customers primarily in the aerospace industry and in adjacent industries including defense, manufacturing, energy, maritime, automotive, and others. Ayala Engineering was founded by Miguel Ayala, a 20-year veteran of the aerospace industry. Throughout his career, Miguel Ayala contributed to high profile government programs including the NASA Space Shuttle at Thiokol Propulsion (now Northrop Grumman), Joint Strike Fighter F-35 military aircraft and International Space Station at Honeywell, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets at SpaceX, Orion spacecraft and A2100 satellites at Lockheed Martin, Vulcan rocket at United Launch Alliance, and many others.

Now, Miguel Ayala and his team at Ayala Engineering, are offering their mechanical engineering expertise in design, analysis, integration, and test of structures, mechanisms, propulsion systems, fluid and thermal systems, in affordable and flexible arrangements to enable established corporations and up and coming startups sustain their leadership and growth. Ayala Engineering’s growing list of customers include United Launch Alliance, Frontier Astronautics, ELS Technology, Lockheed Martin, and several others.


Ouroboros Fabrication and Nathan Bourgeois

Ouroboros Fabrication, established in 2016, is a metal fabrication small business located in Lakewood, Colorado in process to be AS9100 certified by Q2 2021. Ouroboros fabrication provides high quality machining and welding services to customers primarily in the aerospace industry and in adjacent industries including defense, manufacturing, energy, maritime, automotive, and others. Ouroboros Fabrication was founded by Nathan Bourgeois, a graduate of the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.

In a short time, Ouroboros Fabrication is quickly becoming a premier provider of machining and welding services for high profile projects including nuclear reactors, moon landers and rovers, supersonic aircraft, spacecraft components, and others. Ouroboros Fabrication’s growing list of customers include Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance, Boom Supersonic, NASA, and several others.

Ouroboros Fabrication-Welding



Board Member Spotlight


Anthony Matthews
CSBR Board Member, Co-chair of the Marketing/Communications Committee

From England, Anthony Matthews has had a long and varied career in the US Space Program. Starting as a mechanical engineer in support of small payloads at Goddard Space Flight Center, he soon became an expert in Space Shuttle payload safety, which took him to California and the Aerospace Corporation.  After the military wound down Shuttle activities, Anthony remained at Aerospace in positions of increasing responsibility for ten years. Anthony then ran his own company full-time for another ten years and then returned to the aerospace world as a senior program manager. His most recent position was as Colorado Regional Manager for Belcan, a large international engineering services company.  Anthony now consults part-time for local companies, including Syncroness, who are active in the local space industry. 

On a personal note, Anthony loves the short stories of W. Somerset Maugham, especially the collection featuring Ashenden, a British spy in World War I. Describing a life far removed from any "cloak-and-dagger" activity, these stories were required reading for spies going into World War II. 

Anthony is also an internationally recognized mediator and trainer and provides coaching support to various clients. During Covid Anthony created and ran an online training class for new mediators.  Proudly, Anthony graduated 32 mediators and is very proud of this achievement.  Anthony and his wife live in Parker, where he serves on the local Planning Commission.


CSBR New Membership Categories


CSBR is updating our membership categories effective April 1st. Annual membership fees are listed below:

Individual $175  
Military / Government $100 .gov or .mil in email address (no .ctr)
Primary / Secondary Educator $50 Requires a school or program name
Young Professional  $75 30 years of age and under
Student $35 must add school attending
Small Group Membership $500 Up to 4 Members
Large Group Membership $1000 5 - 10 Members

More than 10 Members, for membership questions or to join CSBR, please reach out to our Administrator Janet Randles at info@coloradosbr.org.  

CSBR Member Benefits Include:

  • Significantly reduced member pricing for the December Colorado Space Round Up
  • Complimentary registration at the annual Beer & Brats with Astronauts
  • Exclusive members only Aerospace Exchanges
  • Password Protected Member Center on our website ~ includes resources and access to CSBR membership list
  • Discounted member advertising and sponsorship opportunities
  • Newsletter contribution opportunities
  • Job posting at no charge for members
  • Volunteer with CSBR! Great way to network and gain valuable leadership experience.  

To become a CSBR Member CLICK HERE


CSBR Welcomes New Members


Welcome to our new members who have joined in 2021:

Individual Members:

  • Jesse Hughes:  US Army (Reserve)- Space Operations
  • Anthony Marshall:  Leatherneck Precision Machine
  • Alex Mancero:  Sherman & Howard LLC
  • Tracy Boyer:  Oz Architecture

Corporate Members:


CSBR Job Board


CSBR Members ~ post your positions in our Newsletter “free”

An announcement will be sent prior to the next newsletter release and you can send your open positions to:  info@coloradosbr.org

Sales & Business Development Leader ~ Ayala Engineering

Construction Project Manager – Construction/Design-Build (Denver)

Staff Mechanical Engineer – Global Facilities (Denver)

Senior Architect – Mission Critical, Opportunities in Kansas City & Colorado


2021 Industry Events Calendar

March 8 - 11

AFCEA Cyberspace Symposium, Colorado Springs

June 23 - 24


July 26 - 29

Satellite, Washington DC

August 7 - 12

Small Sat Conference, Utah

August 23 - 26

Space Symposium, Colorado Springs

September 18 - 19

AFA Air, Space and Cyber, National Harbor, MD


SMC Space Industry Days



CSBR Road Trips


We cannot wait to get on the road again...the Governor is working hard to make that a reality. In the meantime, the CSBR Road Trip Committee is percolating ideas to continue our journey across Colorado...virtually! 

As Coloradans...we love to wander, to visit with our neighbors, open doors to new opportunities and most importantly build bright futures for our kids.  We hope to do that in tandem with the CSBR Summer Internship Program June 14th – June 25th, 2021  and the CSBR Aerospace Teacher Academy July 19th – July 24th, 2021 

Stay tuned...more information to come on the 2021 CSBR Road Trip series.


Roundup 2021 Planning Committee


Sign up today!

CSBR is excited to announce that we are beginning the planning process for our 2021 Premiere Event - The Roundup.  As you know, volunteers are essential to the success of the CSBR Roundup and your expertise is needed!   We would like to invite you to consider joining the 2021 CSBR Roundup Committee.

In-person tentative date:  Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

If you are interested in volunteering your talents and serving on the 2021 Roundup Committee, please consider the following requirements:

    You must be available for monthly conference call meetings that will begin in March.  

    As the Roundup date draws closer, attend weekly meetings beginning in October.

If selected to serve on the committee and duties are fulfilled, your CSBR Roundup registration will be waived. 

Interested?  Email Roundup Chairman, Joe Troutman at: joseph.troutman@eas.enersys.com


CSBR Volunteer Opportunities


Interested in volunteering with CSBR?  We have plenty of opportunities and welcome your time.  Please CLICK HERE for more information and an application.  


Call for Content


We are ImPRESSed with our members!  CSBR wants to help spread your news!  Please include CSBR on your media distribution list or upcoming event.  Email csbrnews@coloradosbr.org.


Member Interview


TUNE IN...   April 15th at Noon

Local aerospace entrepreneur, Genah Burditt, chats with host Christina Rivera, about the future of aerospace in Colorado:  https://savvybroadcasting.com/episodes


IGiant Announcement



iGIANT® and Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) are excited to announce a challenge competition to explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies in our lives. By partnering together, iGIANT and CSBR hope to inspire leaders to develop innovative ideas/concepts regarding gender/sex within health, IT, transportation, and retail sectors.  

To read more, click here:  EXTENDED iGIANT CSBR Challenge Competition.pdf (coloradosbr.org)

Send questions and concept submissions (approximately 1-2 pages in length) by March 31, 2021 and should be sent to gburditt@eyassat.com or genah@bluefootengineering.com.  Reach for the stars in your creativity and vision to see the world through a sex/gender lens!


Name That Newsletter!


As we move into the new phase of our newsletter, we want to make it yours, our CSBR members.  Therefore, we are announcing a Name That Newsletter competition.  The edition that you are reading has the very uninspiring name of the CSBR Newsletter. However, we hope that someone will come up with the perfect name that embodies CSBR as the meeting point of everything Colorado and Space. An innovative and catchy name.

Here’s how this works.  Please send your entries (as many names as you like per person) to csbrnews@coloradosbr.org. We will select the best and most popular five names, and next issue, we will present those five names for a final vote. After the winner is identified, the first person who suggested that name will win a $20 gift card.

So get those brain cells working and come up with some names!  We look forward to hearing from you. The deadline is March 31.


CSBR Website


CSBR is partnering with Avocet Communications to redesign our website. The new design will have the same URL and the same information-rich content, but with a more-easily navigable design and a cool space-themed layout.  Stay tuned for the exciting new site coming soon!


March 2021


My Fellow Coloradans,

One year ago today, we announced the first case of COVID-19 in Colorado, and just eight days later, on March 13, 2020, I shared with Coloradans that our state had experienced its first death from COVID-19.Over the last year, Colorado has lost 5,995 souls to this deadly virus. That's nearly 6,000 grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. They are our neighbors, our loved ones.

Each of us have felt the impacts of these last 12 months, and we've all made sacrifices. Many of us have experienced loss, and it's not only the loss of a loved one that we grieve. We mourn the loss of a job, or the loss of the daily routines we once relied on. But despite it all, Coloradans never ceased to display the grit, perseverance, and kindness that has carried us through this pandemic and helped us rise to meet the moment time and time again. 

I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you, for all you've done over this last year. You've all experienced your own hardships. Many of you had to learn how to work remotely while balancing your child's at-home learning, others went in every day even at risk to themselves. You traded family dinners for phone calls and virtual game nights. You adapted to the new way of life that this pandemic forced upon us. And all while continuing to provide the essential services that our fellow Coloradans rely on. I applaud you. 

One year into this pandemic, many are wondering, 'when will this end?' We can all see that light at the end of the tunnel - but we're not there quite yet. And as we work to reach that finish line, every Coloradan has the power to slow the spread of this deadly disease and help protect themselves and their loved ones.

And we can't stop now. We have to continue doing everything in our power to protect each other and save lives until we can get the vaccine to every Coloradan who wants one. 

We continue making great progress in vaccine distribution, having recently reached our goal of vaccination 70% of all Coloradans 70 and older. And we continue racing to get the vaccine to those who continue to be most at risk. There are currently 965,945 Coloradans immunized with one vaccine dose and 521,567 Coloradans vaccinated with two doses. 

This past year has been hard on us all. But, Coloradans are resilient. We've proven time and time again that we don't back down when things get tough. In the weeks and months to come, we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and each other safe. So please, do it for those we have lost, do it for each other. Continue wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least six feet of physical distance from others, limiting contact with anyone outside your household, washing your hands often, and staying home when you are sick.

Everyday we take another step closer to the end of this pandemic. Together, we can get through this. 


Governor Jared Polis




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