Verus Research mechanical engineers Victoria Ramirez and Scott Schneider, part of The University of New Mexico’s 2019 Lobo Launch Team, were recently recognized by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as part of the January 30th Aerospace Day at the state capital in Santa Fe.
Governor Lujan Grisham presented the UNM rocket team with the 2019 Chili Cup award, making UNM the first to claim this honor. This award is given to the highest ranking New Mexico team in the Spaceport America Cup. The Spaceport America Cup is designed around the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry teams from all over the country and around the world. Students launched solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet.
Ms. Ramirez, noted, “We were excited to represent Verus Research today at this aerospace event, and we look forward to positively representing the Company in the future.” Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, added “we are thrilled to have such high-quality team members at Verus Research and are looking forward to even greater things to come.”
Please see the Spaceport America Facebook site for a January 30th post. YouTube also has a video marking the event.
Having inked a deal to more than double the space at its 6100 Uptown Boulevard location, Verus Research will add the 7th floor of the building to its current 2nd floor lease. With occupancy planned for late 2020, this development will bring the Company’s Albuquerque footprint to 56,000 square feet in 4 locations. Please see Albuquerque Business First for the coverage.
Verus Research received its second major delivery order under the Test & Evaluation Non-Kinetic contract issued by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The $11.4M, 4-year award builds on the Company’s impressive successes in dense plasma focus (DPF) research.
Under the new contract, Verus Research will continue to enhance the DPF’s ability to support short-pulse neutron environment testing. This work will include increased neutron output, improved test repeatability, and enhanced reliability for the overall system.
Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, noted the award is a testament to the DPF team’s “commitment and continued superior performance on a highly complex and extremely diverse technology.”
This latest delivery order follows Verus Research’s June 2019 award by PEO STRI of a $13.5M, 5-year effort focused on design, modeling, and assessment of high-power radio frequency surrogate source systems, including assessment of operational prototypes in a relevant employment environment.
Verus Research is proud of its first contract win with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors Directorate based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract will develop an antenna prototype for measuring space-based electromagnetic radiation in the very low frequency range.
The program includes a parametric antenna suitable for space flight that will measure wave excitation in the ionospheric space plasma. The goal is to fly this antenna on the International Space Station. Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, said the award “represents a revolutionary step towards space in our ever-expanding antenna portfolio.”
Verus Research has for the second year running been named one of New Mexico’s fastest growing private companies of any type. Selected in the “large size” category, Verus Research ranks 7th among companies in annual revenue growth measured from 2016 through 2018. Honorees must also be privately held, for-profit companies and be locally owned and based in New Mexico. We hope you’ll see the detailed coverage in Albuquerque Business First.
In its first time supporting the Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee, Verus Research has won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract that will develop and field a broadband radio frequency (RF) telemetry link to support prototype hypersonic projectile testing. Among the challenges being tackled in this effort is the need to enable high-speed RF reception in highly reflective environments.
Commenting on the award, Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, noted this program will create “revolutionary capabilities to meet the Defense Department’s emerging advanced communication needs.”