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Drones take ICECAP flights to new heights

“Long-range drones took Australia’s East Antarctic Ice Sheet studies to new heights this past summer.

Between February and March 2016, Wilkins Runway hosted test flights of ‘Tiburon Junior’, developed by Intuitive Machines, a Houston (Texas) based engineering company. The flights represented the next phase of the ICECAP* project which, over the past seven years, has been simultaneously surveying ice sheet structure and underlying bedrock topography and geology, while monitoring how certain areas of the ice sheet are changing. Beginning in summer 2017–18, Tiburon Junior’s big brother, ‘Tiburon’, will join the survey team.”

At the end of February, Mechatronics Lead Kevin Bass and contracted Pilot Mike Laible set off on a planned 23 day excursion to Antarctica. Find out what happened…

After several Rice University students had outstanding internship tours with Intuitive Machines,  we participated in “Lunch and Learn” talks at Rice with the IEEE student chapter and the computer science club.  During our session with the computer science club the HackRice 2016 event was brought to our attention and IM decided to get involved.

We were thrilled to become a HackRice sponsor. As part of our participation we were able to serve as mentors and judges. It was a great opportunity to interact with the student hacking community and see the innovation that is possible when people come together to build—the results were truly impressive!  It was also a great chance to show off our projects and team, and to offer information about opportunities to work with at Intuitive Machines.

Join us at SpaceCom 2015 in Houston and visit our booth. SpaceCom (the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition) convenes November 17-19, 2015 in Houston and focuses on the application of space technologies to fuel business innovation across the medical, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing industries. Mark your calendars an join this one-of-a-kind, cross-industry convergence!

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Intuitive Machines, LLC announced today that Mark M. Gittleman, P.E. has joined its leadership team as Executive Vice President.  Mr. Gittleman brings over 30 years of experience and leadership in the energy and aerospace industries.  He was a division vice president for 17 years at a large international subsea services company, including its space division and one of its large subsea products divisions.  Mr. Gittleman specializes in leading organizations that design and manufacture unique products for use in the harshest environments, from sea to space. 

Steve Altemus, Intuitive Machines’ Founder, President, and CEO said: “I’m very pleased that Mark has joined our team.  We are growing fast, and Mark’s experience leading and managing sustained business growth, while also maintaining the highest possible levels of quality and operational excellence, will help us ensure that our customers continue to receive the best possible experience when they come to us to solve their most challenging technical problems.”

Intuitive Machines, LLC develops unique solutions at the unimagined intersection between energy, medicine, and aerospace.  Located in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Intuitive Machines was founded in 2013 by Steve Altemus and Kam Ghaffarian with a core group of engineers from the NASA Johnson Space Center.
For more information:

Intuitive Machines, LLC
3700 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77058
Steve Altemus, President

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has been granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that enables Ellington Airport (EFD) to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV), making it the 10th commercial spaceport in the United States.

“I see the Spaceport as a campus to attract high-tech businesses for the purpose of advancing technology and developing and emerging space culture right here in Houston.” said our Founder and President Steve Altemus.