July, 2017

Flexitech Aerospace CTO speaks at 2017 ISS R&D Conference 

Following the successful installation and operation of the Maritime Awareness payload, also know at GLASS, on the International Space Stations (ISS), Kevin Jackson, Flexitech Aerospace CTO, was invited to present results from the experiment with this payload. GLASS enabled reception of AIS signals and observation of VHF spectrum from orbit. The presentation titled, International Space Station as a Commercial Sensor Platform for RF Spectrum Capture, looked at how, using software defined radio technology, it is possible to provide greater insight to radio (RF) spectrum use. Through this presentation Kevin showed the exciting results from obtained from the payload on the ISS and how that set of data has helped improve AIS reception in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Flexitech Aerospace designed and manufactured the RF system components within the Maritime Awareness payload and played a key role in integrating, testing and operating the payload on the ISS.



November, 2016


Flexitech Aerospace CTO at Spacecom 2016
Kevin Jackson, Flexitech Aerospace CTO, presented at the Spacecom conference session Enabling Big Data: Advance Communications. Focused on the data delivery challenges of the growing needs for spacecraft missions, Kevin presented the changing architecture of satellite communications systems with the introduction of digital radio and transponder designs.

Enabling Big Data: Advanced Communications


July, 2016

GLASS Payload is operational on the International Space Station
The Global AIS on Space Station (GLASS) payload, following successful launch on July 19, 2016, was installed by astronaut Kate Rubins on July 27, 2016 and is now operational. GLASS is providing excellent data and is exceeded its performance requirements. Flexitech Aerospace provided technical oversight throughout the design of the GLASS payload as well as designing and manufacturing the RF filter and amplifier subsystem integrated into GLASS.


The GLASS payload installed
on the International Space Station 


More details about GLASS, also knows as Maritime Awareness, can be found on the NASA website: Maritime Awareness




July, 2016

The Global AIS on Space Station (GLASS) Payload Launched to the ISS

The GLASS payload, also called Maritime Awareness, has successfully been launched on the SpaceX, CRS 9 mission to the International Space Station. Flexitech LLC, designed and manufactured the RF distribution system integrated into the GLASS payload. Kevin Jackson, Chief Engineer at Flexitech LLC said “we are all very proud of the hard work and dedication that has gone into getting GLASS from an idea to a payload on the ISS”.

SpaceX CRS9 Launch to the ISS


CRS 9 Launch from Kennedy Space Center July 19, 2016


The GLASS payload project was managed by JAMSS under a grant from CASIS. Engineers at Flexitech and JAMSS are very grateful for the help and enthusiastic support that CASIS gave to this project and the trust they put in the team to deliver. GLASS Is scheduled to be installed on July 27, 2016 in the Columbus Module of the ISS.

More details of the GLASS payload can be found at NASA’s webs site at: Maritime Awareness



March, 2016

Kevin Jackson, Chief Engineer, Flexitech Aerospace, participates in Satellite 2016 Engineering Forum: ‘Advanced Software Defined and Digital Satellite Concepts’
Kevin Jackson, discussed the design and implementation of Digital Transparent Payloads on GEO satellite platforms in the Engineering Forum at Satellite 2016. The session introduced the concepts of digital payload design and implementation as well as discussing the benefits to satellite operators in HTS satellites and future applications.