| | Published 04 April 2011
KinetX Extends Its Reach to Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems
KinetX, Inc., a small aerospace technologies company based in Tempe, AZ, has expanded its offerings with
subsystems for Unmanned Air Vehicles, or UAVs.
Currently working in this arena for the Department of Defense, KinetX drew on its engineers
considerable background in communications systems for satellites and for Motorolas ground based
cellular systems. The KinetX Hardware Engineering group is formed from the core team that designed
and built the processors for the Iridium® global satellite communications system, and became part of
the KinetX team several years ago.
KinetX, Inc. has about 70 employees and provides high-end aerospace services and products in the areas
of software, systems, and hardware engineering, and has a special focus in the area of orbital and space
flight dynamics for deep space as well as earth-oriented spacecraft. KinetX for many years has
worked in the areas of commercial, scientific, and Department of Defense endeavors.
The US Navy Global Hawk Unmanned Air Vehicle
The company provided critical support for Motorolas efforts in building the Iridium system in
various areas such as orbital dynamics software, mission planning, and earth station calibration.
KinetX recently achieved the distinction of playing a key role in navigating the MESSENGER spacecraft
into orbit around Mercury, a first for space exploration. KinetX has worked numerous contracts for
Department of Defense systems, including communications systems, satellite systems for missile defense,
and space situational awareness.
KinetX also recently achieved a CMMI Level 3 assessment from the Software Engineering Institute and is
the first small or medium sized company in the greater Phoenix, AZ area to do so.
KinetX prides itself on the individual talents of its workforce, whose people come from organizations
such as Lockheed, Motorola, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, and other distinguished
institutions. Many have marked notable achievements prior to joining KinetX, including designing
and building systems for NASA shuttle missions and NASA scientific spacecraft, designing and building
base stations for cellular networks, planning the early growth of Federal Express, and many more.
KinetX takes a comprehensive, forward-looking systems view in its work, and is often called upon by
large aerospace organizations to not only help get systems designed, but also develop, test, and
validate them operationally.
Contact Kjell Stakkestad, President and CEO.
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