We specialize in the front end of aerospace business.

 

We help aerospace clients define and pursue their pathways to success in commercial and government markets with high technological barriers. Whether it's pursuing a market adjacency, winning work with a new customer, or fielding a new product or service, we can maximize your Pwin or minimize your product's time-to-market and risk.

We build strategies on strong data foundations, and then act on them with urgency, honor, and curiosity.

 

Since 2011, we've been helping aerospace companies grow their businesses. Some of us have been doing it for over 30 years.

 

Our Mission

We thrive on taking the good – good people, good ideas, good products, good market positions – and helping to make them great. We get energized by finding the winning angle for their challenge, by studying the requirements and the players and the possible pathways to arrive at the best route, and then helping them to pursue it relentlessly for the win. We seek meaningful missions with honorable people where we can change the world together, and have fun doing it.


In hindsight, we would’ve had zero chance of successfully proposing for U.S. government public-private partnership funding without them.
— CEO of a 'Space 2.0' robotic spacecraft development company

What we do

Using our decades of collective aerospace technical & management experience at major aerospace companies, along with our global network of government and industry contacts, we help you with the front end of your business no matter how big or small you are:

  • Market / Opportunity Analysis and Competitive Assessment

  • Business Development (capture strategy, campaign management)

  • Product Development

  • Export Strategy (DCS/FMS/FMF, Industrial Offsets, In-Country Partnerships, U.S. Government coordination)

  • Proposal Win Strategy & Production (in both commercial and FAR-compliant environments)

  • Sales Representation & Product Advocacy

  • Introductions

We are big-company capability for you without the big salary of full-time staff; when the project ends, we simply move on to the next client's work. We've helped companies large and small develop products and win business for commercial, civil, and military applications. We know what it takes to be successful in aerospace and defense, be it UNCLASS or SECRET, EAR or ITAR. To date, our collective direct win tally is $1.4 billion (USD) from U.S. Government agencies, military services, laboratories, FFRDCs, government agencies & ministries outside of the U.S., and commercial customers.


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Unmanned Systems

UAVs, UGVs, Smart Munitions, Robotic Satellite Servicers, Planetary Robots. Whether they fly, crawl, swim, or explore other planets, this is our space.

Robotics

We work with brilliant robotic systems engineers in the industry. Sometimes the ground stations of their systems can fit in the breast pocket of an operator, but other times they are as big as a global network of antennas and control centers. We've worked with systems at each extreme, and in between.


 

what we've achieved

Through our successes, our customers have fielded new launch vehicles, deployed satellites and space probes, delivered fleets of aircraft both manned and unmanned, developed special payloads for military missions in the air and undersea, and integrated weapons systems into ground-based and airborne platforms. One small company even took a large U.S. government contract one of our principals helped them win and went public 18 months later, with a market capitalization today of over $1.2 billion USD.

 

We helped define the aircraft/stores interface for a new class of miniature smart munition, the Small Diameter Bomb (GBU-39 & -53), a weapon that blurs the lines between a guided munition and a drone. Defining the interface was a challenge, since this new weapon and bomb racks had to facilitate unfettered use by all legacy smart bomb-capable NATO fighter and bomber aircraft.

We helped define the aircraft/stores interface for a new class of miniature smart munition, the Small Diameter Bomb (GBU-39 & -53), a weapon that blurs the lines between a guided munition and a drone. Defining the interface was a challenge, since this new weapon and bomb racks had to facilitate unfettered use by all legacy smart bomb-capable NATO fighter and bomber aircraft.


We've been active in an  OTA consortium , cooperating with the U.S. government partner to develop solutions for unmanned systems utilizing interoperability standards such as JAUS (now published SAE AS-4 standards) and ROS. We also lead approved imports and exports for specific UGV and UAV products and services solutions.

We've been active in an OTA consortium, cooperating with the U.S. government partner to develop solutions for unmanned systems utilizing interoperability standards such as JAUS (now published SAE AS-4 standards) and ROS. We also lead approved imports and exports for specific UGV and UAV products and services solutions.

 

What the future holds

Ongoing advancements in AI & autonomy, augmented reality, IoT, power generation, energy storage, sensors, 3D printing, and non-GPS autonomous navigation continue to feed the insatiable needs of industry and the military, while expanding the art of the possible for planetary exploration. There are multiple technology development races currently underway, including for autonomous cars, autonomous air taxis, drone delivery services, on-orbit robotic satellite servicing, robotic lunar mining, and collaborative industrial robotics. Developers must solve the technical challenges of systems integration, safety, and security, while navigating all the expected business and regulatory challenges.

Wall Street has acknowledged this high-growth market via 6 new ETFs focused on Robotics & AI (ROBO, BOTZ, IRBO, ROBT, UBOT, ARKQ), as well as 2 others focused on Robotics & AI -applied markets: Drone Economy (IFLY) and Procure Space (UFO). Pure-AI ETFs currently number over 45, and growing. And for those truly seeking to invest in the bleeding-est edge technology, there is even an ETF now whose portfolio is managed solely by AI: AI Powered Equity ETF (AIEQ).

PLANETARY ROBOTICS: We've helped to win Mars 2020 Rover robotics work with JPL, as well as multi-divisional engineering services contracts there. We've also worked with staff at other NASA facilities including Johnson, Goddard, Ames, Langley, and NASA HQ. We're currently helping a large client expand their position in this specialized field.  Mars Helicopter photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

PLANETARY ROBOTICS: We've helped to win Mars 2020 Rover robotics work with JPL, as well as multi-divisional engineering services contracts there. We've also worked with staff at other NASA facilities including Johnson, Goddard, Ames, Langley, and NASA HQ. We're currently helping a large client expand their position in this specialized field. Mars Helicopter photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The trouble is, you think you have time.
— Buddha

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a U.S. Small Business, originally established as a California Corporation but now a Washington State Limited Liability Company, with affiliates in Los Angeles and Washington DC