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Our heritage in modern satellite and space technology traces its roots as far back as the Apollo space program.

As a colonel in the US Air Force, Dr. Lorenzini managed major US government projects, including work on the Apollo Lunar Module, the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, and the DARPA Talon Gold space-based laser pointing and tracking experiment. 

The SpaceQuest principals were involved in the development, construction, launch and operations of low-Earth satellites since 1993, when they built and launched AO-27 into space as a piggyback payload aboard an Ariane 4 rocket. SpaceQuest also constructed the first mobile satellite communications terminal to be carried to the North Pole by an Arctic expedition team. The terminal was used successfully to transmit two-way messages and digital photographs to SpaceQuest's satellite ground station in Fairfax, Virginia.

SpaceQuest built and launch two microsatellites on the third Russian Dnepr rocket in 2002, and launched two more microsatellites on a Dnepr rocket in 2004.  All four of these spacecraft carried secondary payloads to flight qualify advance microsatellite components.

SpaceQuest was selected by Team Encounter to develop, integrate and launch the Team Encounter Flight One mission that will carry a 25 meter square solar sail built by L'Garde and a NASA-developed Inertial Stellar Compass into space in 2005 on a SpaceX Falcon rocket.

Beginning in May of 2004, SpaceQuest completed several preliminary designs for Bigelow Aerospace for its Genesis Pathfinder experimental space habitat. A design matured in 2005 and quickly progressed from paper to hardware. In less than a year, the Genesis-I spacecraft was complete and awaiting launch on a Russian Dnepr rocket. The success of Genesis-I has been widely publicized and heralded by visionaries including Hugo Award-winning author Sir Arthur C. Clarke. As the primary avionics contractor and with the following competencies, SpaceQuest helped make this mission a success:

  • System Engineering experience
  • Flight-tested COTS hardware
  • Flexible, expandable IP-based communications and software
  • Developed a new Open data + power bus standard called SIF

Without much fanfare, SpaceQuest quickly followed this achievement with another - playing a crucial role in the development of Genesis-II, which was successfully launched in June of 2007 on the Russian Dnepr launch vehicle near Yasny, Russia.

See » Our article describing SpaceQuest's role in the Bigelow Aerospace Genesis-I mission.  


SpaceQuest, Ltd.
3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 103
Fairfax, VA 22030