About NearSpace Launch, Inc.

Our Mission

NearSpace Launch, Inc. is dedicated to research, innovation and delivery of small satellites for space and earth-space boundary exploration.

 

To this end, NSL will:

  1. research and develop new technology for the satellite community in the areas of communication, power management, and modular instrumentation frameworks;
  2. support the education of a new generation of researchers and space scientists through innovative educational programs;
  3.  provide service to the satellite community through custom developed power management, communication and instrumentation systems for satellites;
  4. provide service to the satellite community through data services emphasizing ground station-less near-real-time data retrieval, standard and custom data analysis reports, and optional data warehousing for collaborative studies and comparisons.

Contact Us

Phone: (765)-998-8942

Email: nsl@nearspacelaunch.com

Mail:  8702 E. 825 S. Upland, IN 46989 USA

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Our Staff

Founders

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Hank Voss

President & Chief Scientist, (765)618-3813

Dr. Hank Voss is Professor of Physics & Engineering at Taylor University, where he has, among other accomplishments, overseen the launch of the first ever Taylor University satellite. Prior to Taylor, he spent 15 years at Lockheed Martin in the space science field, developing sensors and instruments for satellites as well as the actual satellites. He continued this effort at Taylor, and in 2003 started high altitude launches as a cost-effective method of testing his sensors and instruments, a method which he then proceeded to implement in his undergraduate classes as a tool for developing nanosatellites.  Under his guidance, a group of Taylor students then presented their nanosatellite, known as Taylor CubeSat at the CubeSat Workshop, Small Sat Conference and Air Force Design Review in Logan, Utah, where Taylor was the only university to send a panel composed entirely of undergraduates.

Hank founded NearSpace Launch, Inc. with Jeff Dailey in 2014.

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Jeff Dailey

Chair of the Board & Chief Engineer, (260)241-0409

Mr. Jeff Dailey has 26 years of experience in designing, developing, and building cutting-edge instruments, sensors, and electronics for applications ranging from data systems to satellites. Previous jobs include Research Engineer at Taylor University for six years and Director of R&D at Scadata Ventures for eight years, where he oversaw hardware and software design for wireless products. In 2003, he partnered with Hank Voss as a volunteer to help develop the High Altitude Research Platform (HARP), which Taylor University has since used for over 300 balloon launches, over 99% of which were successfully recovered. Jeff Dailey and Hank Voss have the distinction of designing, developing, building, testing, and delivering a nanosatellite to the Air Force in just three months.

Jeff founded NearSpace Launch, Inc. with Hank Voss in 2014.

Staff

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Matt Orvis

Project Engineer, (808)990-4488

Matt Orvis is a graduate of Taylor University, with a Master of Science in Physics from Ball State University. His previous experience includes work on several satellites with Dr. Hank Voss. He was part of the design team for the TSAT nanosatellite, Indiana’s first satellite in orbit. For this satellite, he was the lead engineer for the THEEF subsystem, an electric field and VLF sensor. He was also involved in designing the ELEO nanosatellite and provided analysis on orbital dynamics. He has developed subsystems for multiple high-altitude balloon launches, testing different equipment and sensors with the High Altitude Research Platform (HARP). For NSL, he works as a satellite engineer developing satellites, as well as a computational scientist providing analysis on spaceflight and subsystem physics.

Matt has served at NearSpace Launch, Inc. since 2015.

Matt has served at NearSpace Launch, Inc. since 2015.

Computer Scientists

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Stefan Brandle

Software Consultant, Programmer, (765)603-2846

Dr. Stefan Brandle is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Taylor University. His professional experience includes two decades teaching undergraduate and graduate computer science courses at five universities, a decade as a network and system administrator, two decades of research and development (R&D) concurrently with teaching, and technology-related community outreach. R&D areas include developing network and systems cybersecurity tools, satellite communications for a number of micro-/cubesats, automated evaluation and feedback of student programs, automated inter-linking enhancement of legal document sets, and tutoring systems with natural language dialog capability.

Stefan has consulted with NearSpace Launch since 2014.

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Art White

Software Consultant, Duplex Development Lead, Programmer

Dr. Art White is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at Taylor University, and has taught software development and Intelligent Systems courses since 1984. His freshman course, “Introduction to Computational Problem Solving” has launched many enthusiastic new programmers into the world of software development. Additionally, Dr. White has taught the Expert Systems and Machine Learning courses to upper division students for the last decade. He has also spent several years consulting in industry, in the areas of expert systems and large software project development. Dr. White was responsible for writing much of the data analysis software for TSAT, GEARRS, and GEARRS2. The software for the communications processor controlling the Globalstar 1720 modem on GEARRS2 was written by Dr. White and Nathan White. Dr. White continues to develop, test and refine the software for satellite SMS messaging and TCP-IP based file transfer between Cubesats and the Globalstar network.

Art has consulted with NearSpace Launch, Inc. since 2014.

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Nathan White

Programmer, Systems Administrator, Data Systems Architect

After graduating with a degree in Biology and minors in Computer Science and Chemistry, Nathan has worked in the Computer Science Department of Taylor University as Network Administrator. Nathan has worked on everything from satellite software to web pages, including assisting in building the Data Services branch of NSL.

Nathan has consulted with NearSpace Launch, Inc. since 2014.