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RedChip Featured Company: SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV) is a space systems company that wants to change how we get to, explore, and use outer space. The company’s diverse products include spacecraft actuators that power the Mars rovers, hybrid rockets used to power the first commercial astronaut into space, micro-satellites that are controlled via the Internet, and piloted orbital commercial spacecraft.

Founded in 1997, SpaceDev is on a mission to become a leader in commercial space. The management team feels that the journey into space will be made possible as practical applications are found to make space activities more affordable. The company’s primary aim is to develop small, innovative, affordable commercial space products to deliver value to its customers and shareholders. SpaceDev hopes to apply its entrepreneurial spirit to fulfill its long-term goal of creating a private space program.

SpaceDev has three facilities dedicated to specific technological areas. The California facility supports the development of sub-orbital and orbital hybrid propulsion systems and low-cost spacecraft, including microsats, nanosats, and maneuvering and orbital transfer vehicles (MoTV). The North Carolina facility specializes in the design and production of spacecraft electromechanical motors and actuators. Finally, the Colorado facility dedicates its efforts on the development of High Output Paraffin (HOP) thermal actuators and mechanical systems, including deployable structures and mechanical components.

To date more than 2,500 SpaceDev mechanisms have successfully been used in over 250 spacecraft. SpaceDev has a talented team of more than 200 employees who are equipped to meet the needs of its clients, such as NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop, who look to SpaceDev to help them continue to reach for the skies and beyond.

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SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV.OB) Launches Partnership with NASA

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

In Poway, California, there is a company with a grand vision of the future. SpaceDev, Inc. conceives, designs, and manufactures a wide array of extra-terrestrial technologies. These innovative products range from micro-satellites and other planetary orbiters, all the way up to the launch vehicles that enable these satellites to reach outer-space.

It’s true that space is indeed the final frontier, and perhaps the ultimate destiny of the human race. We cannot circumvent the fact that the Earth is an island of finite space and limited resources that will eventually reach its capacity for supporting an ever-expanding population. It is for that reason we should be glad that companies like SpaceDev, Inc. exist.

Founded in 1997, and fueled by a vision of low-cost, practical space technologies, SpaceDev has provided more than 2000 mechanisms flown on 250 missions without a single instance of system failure. SpaceDev has worked in collusion with such high-profile aerospace industry leaders as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and, most recently, NASA.

On March 24th, the company announced that it was awarded a contract to develop next-generation seal technology for NASA instruments, to be used in the enhancement of current lunar-equipment operations. Commenting on these new instruments, Mark Sirangelo, SpaceDev’s CEO stated, “Once developed, they are expected to provide a key solution set to harsh environments that presented significant operational issues during the Apollo missions. Although our initial efforts are focused on NASA’s lunar requirements, we expect these products to translate over to future Mars and terrestrial applications as well.”

It certainly seems as if SpaceDev, Inc. is a name that will potentially come to greater recognition as we approach an age where affordable aerospace products and systems are quickly becoming a technological imperative.

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Latest Business Developments at SpaceDev Inc. (SPDV.OB)

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The recent award-winning spacecraft design by this company has an important business implication. It proves that the company’s engineers are able to plan low-cost missions in space. The contest which this company won had contestants from around the world. NASA was amongst the panel of judges. Therefore, the award is industry-wide recognition of the niche that this company has occupied.

The first fortnight of March 2008 has been extraordinary for the company. This bonanza started with a NASA contract to develop new hybrid rocket technology. The assignment will last for six months. It has revolutionary space applications, and will leverage the company’s strengths under the NASA umbrella.

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has chipped in with a valuable business contract for the company. The project relates to a new type of reflectors to be used on satellites. The major objective is to equip satellites with large, cost-effective, and deployable frames. The technology will enhance the versatility and durability of satellites.

The Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office has chosen the company for its prestigious project for low-cost and commercial satellite operations. Jumpstart Mission is set to commence mid-2008, and has cornerstone defense and civilian business applications.

Three major projects in less than a fortnight cannot be a coincidence. Investors have to recognize that this stock is set for leadership in all business related to outer space. Profit and appreciation potentials of the stock have improved further as a result of these three lucrative government contracts.

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Future Oriented Business from SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV.OB)

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This stock does not generate profits as yet, but which investor can resist the lure of outer space? Today’s clientele is limited for satellites, rockets, propulsion systems, and controls for objects in outer space. However, the future business potential is more than a dream. Many industrial units are poised to enter the outer space business space, and here is a pioneering stock from this futuristic area.

The company has recently signed a long-term business agreement with a leading developer of commercial platforms for operations in outer space. The company will supply critical hardware for outer space stations and objects to draw energy from the sun, and to remain operational for long periods. The company has a proud record of error-free participation in over 250 outer space flights.

The company also has a business arrangement with NASA. It has remained on course with this business since it started in June 2007. This is a crucial project for commercial projects in outer space operations. The objective of this project is to develop ways of transporting goods and passengers from earth to space, and for their safe return.

The company has recently merged with the Starsys Research Corporation. This move will give economies to both the formerly independent entities, while enabling their combined resources to take an unbeatable lead in the exciting field of commercial operations in space.

Boeing, Northrop Grumman, the US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell join NASA in the most prestigious list of clients of this company. The company has spread from its California base to additional sites in Colorado and North Carolina.

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Shares of SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV.OB) Rose Friday, Up 8.70%; as the Company Wins Federal Government Contract

Friday, July 6th, 2007

SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV.OB) is a space technology/aerospace company that creates and sells affordable and innovative space products and mission solutions. The Company is Set to Present at the RedChip Small Cap Conference Next Month in New York City.

SpaceDev recently reported that its subsidiary, Starsys, Inc., has been awarded a $750,000 cost reimbursable design and development subcontract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, for continued development of deployable boom structures for satellites.

The award is a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract resulting from design and trade study work completed during a Phase I SBIR. The contract period of performance is approximately 24 months during which SpaceDev will develop a large, high stiffness, very-high expansion ratio deployable boom.
“This technology takes advantage of recent innovations in spacecraft mechanical deployment systems to form large, stable structures for deployment and positioning of instruments and sensors,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, SpaceDev’s Chairman and CEO. “This system enables the deployment of large aperture sensors and payloads for a variety of launch vehicles by allowing very large structures to be deployed from existing spacecraft payload envelopes. We are proud to continue the development of this innovative technology that will help transform how payloads are positioned and deployed.”

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