Upending the Space Biz With Satellites for You and You and You

March 10, 2017

DIRK WALLINGER LEAVES his espresso beverage behind and steps out of a coffeeshop on the campus of Denver’s Metropolitan State University. His coat open against the cold, he points across the way to a nearly-constructed structure—the college’s metal-and-glass-fronted Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building. When the building is finished this summer, Wallinger’s company—York Space Systems—will set up a 7,000 square-foot shop inside, creating and eventually controlling satellites (maybe even one you create) with the help of students.

Wallinger gestures toward the fourth floor. “York will be right up there,” he says.

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