Startup York Space Systems scores a major military contract with its Model T manufacturing approach

STARTUP OF THE WEEK: york space systems

York Space Systems CEO and founder Dirk Wallinger poses for a portrait. (Courtesy of York Space Systems)
York Space Systems CEO and co-founder Dirk Wallinger poses for a portrait. (Courtesy of York Space Systems)

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York Space Systems CEO and co-founder Dirk Wallinger imagines a world where there are rocket launches every week.

In this world, the tremendous costs associated with spacecraft customization and engineering no longer make access to spaceflight near impossible. In 2015, Wallinger co-founded Denver-based York Space Systems to bring more spacecraft buses to more companies, more often — and at a fraction of the usual price.

And they’ve already scored a major contract.


Average Denver rents fell $21 for largest ever decrease in survey

 

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664 Lincoln Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All that construction that Denver has put up with seems to finally be yielding results.

For the second quarter in a row, the average cost of renting an apartment decreased, according to the Denver Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Report. On top of that, it’s the biggest dollar decrease in the 36-year history of the survey.


Denver’s Marade group is cutting scholarships and passing a bucket for donations after losing major sponsors

Sponsors pulled at least $57,000 in support because protestors disrupted last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade.

Long-time Martin Luther King Jr. Marade Chair Vern Howard holds up a bucket for donations, the first time collections have been made in the event's history. Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mlk; marade; martin luther king jr; city park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Long-time Marade Chair Vern Howard holds up a bucket for donations, the first time collections have been made in the event’s history. Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The group that organizes Denver’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade says it lost at least $57,000 in sponsorships for this year’s event because protestors from Black Lives Matter disrupted last year’s parade.