A new aerospace company based in Vermont, is about to get off the ground.
Ryan McDevvit is the CEO and co-founder of Benchmark space systems. After completing grad school at the University of Vermont, he decided to create something that is literally out of this world.
” There were a few times that people were asking for propulsion systems and there was nothing like what I had been developing in the lab at UVM and I knew if we could bring that out of the lab and put it together that there was gonna be a market for it, “said McDevvit.
Propulsion systems are systems attached to satellites that help the satellite move through space.
Benchmark propulsion systems launch unpressured which is safer than other systems. They are also made of non-toxic chemicals.
According to McDevvit, their systems help satellites last longer and allows them to come back to earth after their mission.
“People that we are working with aren’t contributing to space junk which is the biggest threat to space economy,” said McDevvit.
Benchmark signed a Manifest agreement with firefly aerospace based out of Austin, Texas. Their systems will be attached to fireflies first alpha rocket launch in 2020.The launch will happen during the first quarter of next year.
“It’s a high stakes situation for fire fly and they allowed us to manifest onto that launch,” said Chris Carello, Business Development Director.
Senator Patrick Leahy, who got a tour of the facility on Thursday, says it’s just the beginning.
“We are going to be in space all of our lives and it’s going to be changing most of the time and people will look for more simple and accurate ways to do things,” said Sen. Leahy.