Industry Partnerships

Industry relationships are important components of CU-Boulder’s research and education programs. Through CU AeroSpace Ventures, are numerous opportunities to form partnerships with campus aerospace activities for mutually beneficial outcomes – from conducting joint research to participating in our education programs to engaging engineering services, to supporting legacy needs such as student scholarships.

Research Education Services Sponsorship
  • Fundamental and applied
  • Joint research
  • Technology transfer
  • SBIR/STTR partnerships
  • Student projects
  • Guest lectures
  • Interns, co-ops, PT and FT hires
  • Distance professional development
  • Facilities use
  • Special tests
  • Contract work
  • eSpace target acquisitions
  • Scholarships
  • Advisory boards
  • Endowed chairs
  • Endowed programs

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Ball Aerospace has facilities across the United States with its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Colorado. Other North American Ball locations are co-located with customers directly supported by those offices.


Blue Canyon Technologies is a privately-held small business founded in 2008 to bring high-performance, affordable solutions to space missions. The company is an innovative, experienced integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced aerospace products and technologies.  BCT specializes in small spacecraft component design and development. This includes satellite components for classes of small, micro, nano, and CubeSats.  Our founders have over 100 years of experience manufacturing, testing, and operating spacecraft for the Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial aerospace organizations. BCT employees have experience spanning design, manufacturing, test and operations of more than 20 high performance space systems currently in operation and providing years of reliable service on orbit.

Braxton Technologies, LLC, provides products and professional services for government, civil, and commercial customers to deliver Command & Control systems for Space, Atmospheric, and Ground operations. Braxton deploys Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) products, Open Source, and custom software to meet mission requirements. Braxton’s ACE Premier™ product suite for satellite ground operations empowers the mission controller, spacecraft operator, and test conductor the tools needed for hands-on and automated spacecraft and payload design, planning, operations, rehearsal, testing, and verification. Braxton’s extensive experience designing, integrating, and deploying COTS and Open Source Command & Control solutions reduces cost, risk and schedule duration for our customers. Our experience with Information Assurance and Cyber security assures that our systems can pass the Certification and Accreditation requirements critical to today’s Command & Control systems.

Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers.  Chief products include human space flight systems, a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; fleet ballistic missiles; and missile defense systems. Space Systems, with major operations in Denver, Colorado and Sunnyvale, California, is focused on several core lines of business:  Human Space Flight, Global Communications Systems, Commercial Space, Sensing & Exploration Systems, Missile Defense Systems, Strategic Missiles, Commercial Launch Systems, Surveillance & Navigation Systems and Special Programs.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. SNC’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colo., designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market.  SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components.  During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients.

The small satellite revolution started 30 years ago with Surrey Satellite Technology—the world’s premier provider of operational and commercial satellite programs with over 40 satellites launched successfully and 220 years of on-orbit experience gained. From its Englewood, Colorado, facilities, Surrey supplies complete in-house design, manufacture, launch, and operation of small satellites, to include remote sensing, navigation, and communications payloads, avionics suites and subsystems, ground infrastructure, and training and consulting services.

For more information, contact:
Diane Dimeff, Managing Director
CU AeroSpace Ventures
(303) 492-8511
diane.dimeff@colorado.edu

Jessica Wright, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development
BioFrontiers, Engineering, Science and Technology
(303) 735-0973
jessica.a.wright@colorado.edu