California Space Authority

2001 Grant Awards

2001 Grant Awards

PRO1: 181
May 2, 2001
CONTACT: Steve Maviglio


15 California Organizations Will Benefit from Grants

SACRAMENTO -Governor Gray Davis today announced that 15 California organizations that conduct activities intended to enhance or promote space flight will share $2 million in matching grants for projects designed to improve California's international competitiveness in the space marketplace.

"California serves as the global leader of the commercial space industry," Governor Davis said. "In an increasingly competitive world environment, the investment we make in these ideas today is essential to create the economic benefits and high quality jobs our state will enjoy tomorrow."

The California Competitive Space Grant Program provides funds necessary for California-based entities to leverage private sector, federal and state resources to complete projects related to the commercial use of space, space vehicle launches, space launch infrastructure, manufacturing, applied research, technology development, economic diversification and business development. Eligible applicants include private sector companies, foundations, industry associations and nonprofit cooperative associations.

The Highway to Space and Space Flight Competitive Grant Programs were created by the Governor and the California State Legislature to ensure the continued growth of innovation in California's commercial space industry .

  • Technanogy Air & Space of Irvine will receive $200,000 to deploy the first-ever nano- technology enhanced reusable hybrid sounding rocket.
  • Space Information Labs at Vandenberg Air Force Base will use its $180,000 award to demonstrate a simple, low-cost range safety and tracking system applicable to Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs).
  • Monrovia's Linear Industries Ltd. will apply $180,000 toward the development of ultra-small sensors, power sources, communication, navigation, and propulsion systems that will accelerate the miniaturization of space-borne systems.
  • SpaceDev in Poway was awarded $175,000 to initiate a program for providing assured, affordable and timely access to space for secondary payloads.
  • Spaceport Systems International of Lompoc will utilize $167,000 to install a new "open loop" communications capability to provide high confidence validation of modern satellite command and telemetry systems.
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will receive $150,000 to establish a Multidisciplinary Space Technology Lab.
  • The Endeavour Institute, a division of Space Information Labs, located in Arroyo Grande, will use $150,000 for a program to strengthen engineering labor force education and early technical training by transferring its successful program to a school in Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • The University of California at Davis will apply $125,355 toward launching a graduate aerospace program to develop engineering talent for the space industry.
  • Palmdale's Space Access was awarded $123,000 to assess the potential for conversion and enhancement of a unique engine test facility for RLV propulsion.
  • California State University Long Beach will utilize $110,645 to develop a curriculum to educate engineering students on the design and manufacture of low cost launch vehicles.
  • Space Systems/Loral, based in Palo Alto, will receive $110,000 to develop a low-cost ocean based launch approach for consumables.
  • The Universal Space Network in Newport Beach will use $100,000 toward introducing a new California-based telemetry tracking and control service.
  • Ecotech of Rancho Cordova was awarded $100,000 to develop a new technology to manufacture reliable, high-performance, low-cost solid rocket motors.
  • The University of California at Berkeley will apply $70,000 toward establishing qualification requirements for space-borne MEMS devices in a cost-effective manner.
  • Space Launch Corporation, located in Newport Beach, will receive $59,000 to develop high-performance, non-toxic solid propellant for rocket motors.

The California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency serves as the State's principal catalyst for innovation, investment and economic opportunity, enhancing the quality of life for all Californians. The Competitive Space Grant Program is administered by the Agency's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, a partnership ensuring a technology driven economy for all Californians.