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2015 Space Challenge Sponsors

Caltech's Division on Engineering and Applied Sciences

Northrop Grumman is an American global aerospace and defense technology company formed by the 1994 purchase of Grumman by Northrop. It was the fourth-largest defense contractor in the world as of 2010.  Northrop Grumman employs over 68,000 people worldwide.  Northrop Grumman is responsible for many great aerospace accomplishments from the Apollo Lunar Module to the B-2 bomber.

"Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services."

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) was established at Caltech in January 2008 with a $24 million grant over 8 years from the W. M. Keck Foundation. The Institute is a "think and do tank," whose primary purpose is to bring together a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers for sustained technical interaction aimed at developing new space mission concepts and technology.

JPL is managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network.

"SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets."

Millennium Space Systems brings affordable and reliable solutions to the most exacting military, national security, and civil space users. Their customer portfolio includes: NASA, Civil, National Security, Department of Defense and Commercial Space sponsors.  They are staffed by hands-on space engineers. Their leaders are actively involved in our programs and with our customers all day, every day.

The mission of the Aerospace department (GALCIT) at Caltech is to address fundamental problems that could lead to transformative science and technology in Aerospace and related fields by educating and training future leaders for academia, government and industry.

The research at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) has evolved over the past three quarters of a century to include aerospace and biosystems engineering, however, the tradition of integrating basic experiments, theory, and simulations over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales continues to characterize our approach.