San Jose, California (December 18th, 2018) – Bradford Space, a U.S.-owned space systems manufacturer with locations in the Netherlands and Sweden, announced today that it has acquired control over Deep Space Industries, Inc., often known as DSI. In becoming part of the Bradford group, DSI will become Bradford’s first substantial U.S. presence, providing an outlet and location for activities in the U.S. space market.
Founded in 2012 as an ambitious venture to mine the resourcesof the asteroids, DSI has more recently become known for its production of the Comet water-based electrothermal propulsion systems. Four Comet systems arec urrently on orbit on spacecraft operated by Capella Space and HawkEye 360.Other customers of DSI include LeoStella, a joint venture of Spaceflight and Thales Alenia Space, and the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), a satellite development group inside the University of Toronto.
Said Bradford Director Ian Fichtenbaum, “We appreciate the strong support shown by DSI’s customers for the Comet product. Their ongoing interest gave us the confidence in continuing to develop the product line.”
The addition of the Comet product line is seen as critical to Bradford’s development as a world-leading supplier of non-toxic space propulsion systems and will be a complement to the ...