SOURCE: SpaceDev, Inc.

May 19, 2008 12:23 ET

SpaceDev Awarded DARPA Program Option

$3.6M Contract Extension to Develop Small Satellite Propulsion Technology

POWAY, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - SpaceDev, Inc. (OTCBB: SPDV) has been notified that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), after the completion of a successful Critical Design Review (CDR), has elected to exercise its option for continuation of SpaceDev's High Delta-V (HiDVE) Satellite program. The key HiDVE program goals are to develop a space qualified, low-cost, modular solar thermal propulsion (STP) system combined into a complete satellite. This option award is valued at approximately $3.6 million to be performed during the next six months and allows for the next phase of development of the leading-edge STP, nano-sat bus design and operations program.

"We express our appreciation to DARPA for the continued confidence that they have shown in us. Along with our teammates, General Atomics and BAE Systems, we brought strong and proven capabilities to fully address the program's technical requirements, while performing on-time and on-budget," said Mark N. Sirangelo, SpaceDev's Chairman and CEO. "This program has the potential to transform small satellite design and how propulsion is accomplished on orbit. It could bring this class of space technologies development to another level while showing the significant value of government/commercial collaboration for this type of operational effort."

About SpaceDev

SpaceDev, Inc. is a space technology/aerospace company that creates and sells affordable and innovative space products and mission solutions. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • SpaceDev Contacts:
    Investor: Richard Slansky/Jessica Schwarz
    Media: Mark Sirangelo
    (858) 375-2026