StratSpace
A New Horizon In Space

About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

StratSpace specializes in space systems engineering and spacecraft systems. In its18 years of operations, StratSpace has been involved in 46 satellite and deep space missions ranging from the tiny Lightsail program to the large Osiris Rex mission which will return samples from the asteroid Benu.   StratSpace was founded by Jim Cantrell to service the commercial and government in the burgeoning small satellite industry and counts among its past clients NASA, USAF, NRO, most major aerospace companies and many space startups including Iceye, Moon Express, and York Space Systems. StratSpace specializes in small satellites and commercial space applications. Choosing to specialize in a field means that you are completely devoted to it; that you will protect it as if it were your own. That is the energy that sets us apart.

StratSpace is composed of a network of aerospace professionals and is headquartered in Tucson AZ.  Our capabilities include spacecraft systems engineering, launch vehicle engineering, small satellite development, small propulsion systems, capture support and management, program management and space market research.  StratSpace has complete manufacturing, integration and test facilities in a 5000 sf facility located in Tucson.  

 

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Leadership

 
 
Jim Cantrell

Jim Cantrell

CEO and Founder

Jim Cantrell

Jim is a well known entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in space systems development and venture back business. Jim is the Founder and CEO of StratSpace but is also Founder of Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering, Vector Launch and on the founding teams of Moon Express and SpaceX. Jim serves in numerous boards in the aerospace and automotive world and has a far reaching network of connections and experience in the commercial, venture and government space industry.

 

Education

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
M.S. Aerospace Engineering,1989

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1988

Experience

• Early partner and VP Business Development at SpaceX
• Founder/CEO of Vector Launch
• Involvement on 46 satellite missions, 3 launch vehicle systems

Focus Areas

• Space Systems, Markets, Management, Finance Development

 
 

 
 
 
Pat Dougherty

Pat Dougherty

ASSOCIATE

Dr. Pat Dougherty

Pat is a well known capture manager after he retired from a 20 year career in the Air Force that had multiple assignments in AF Laboratories and Pentagon supporting acquisition of Star War (Missile Defense) programs. Pat ran the MSX program office and later became the lead space system engineer for the Missile Defense Architecture development program and at Ball Aerospace played a key role in Ball winning SBIRS Low, Orbital Express, Have Gold, SBSS, GMI, and Landsat Instrument. Pat joined StratSpace Jan 2008 and leads our capture management activities.

 

Education

STATE UNIVERSITY NEW YORK
MBA Technology, 2004

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
PhD. Environmental Science, 2001

UNIVERSITY WYOMING
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1977

Experience

• USAF Retired (Colonel)
• Ball Aerospace Corporation Business Development

Focus Areas

• Capture Management, Proposal Development, Missile Defense

 
 

 
 
 
Greg Orndorff

Greg Orndorff

ASSOCIATE

Greg Orndorff

Greg is a thought-leader on space system architectures, space traffic management, and the history of space system maturation during the Cold War. Greg is a former Air Force officer having serviced as an engineer supporting space system acquisition at the Space and Missile Systems Center, supporting the logistics at Vandenberg for the space launch mission, and as a launch crew member at Cape Canaveral on Atlas. In industry, Greg has held positions (including P&L) in large public companies, privately held small business, not-for-profit UARC, and new start-up companies as a president, vice president, director, business development manager, IRAD manager, programs/project manager and systems engineer.    

 
 

Education

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
MBA Business Administration, 1999

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1998

Experience

• USAF Retired
• Space & Launch Vehicles and Ground Systems
• Additive Manufacturing
• Anti-tamper approaches and technologies

Focus Areas

• National Security Space, Market Strategy, Business Development

 
 

 
 
 
Perry Frahm

Perry Frahm

ASSOCIATE

Perry Frahm

Perry is an experienced systems engineer and missile defense expert specializing in infrared sensor systems, infrared phenomenology, missile systems, launch vehicles, satellites and kinetic kill vehicles. In his 35 years of industry experience, he specialized in spacecraft algorithm & simulation architecture design, testing, and validation, video & signal processing of electro-optical sensor measurement, software coding of video & signal processing algorithms & spacecraft models, Systems Engineering converting customer needs into system and sub-system requirements, design verification, testing, and risk analysis, AND product and technology development management..

 
 

Education

UNIVERSITY ILLINOIS-URBANA
B.S Engineering Physics, 1981

CAL STATE FULLERTON
M.S Applied Mathematics, 1990

Experience

• VP Programs
• Missile & Launch Vehicles and Ground Systems
• Missile Defense and Phenomenology
• Space systems engineering

Focus Areas

• Missile Defense, National Security Space, Systems Engineering

 
 
 

 
 
 
Barry Ellis

Barry Ellis

ASSOCIATE

Barry Ellis

Barry Ellis is a leader in the development of experimental hardware. His experience ranges from launch vehicle systems, large and small thrusters, propulsion systems and test stands to high performance race machinery. Barry brings an intuitive approach to hardware development honed after 35 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace world.