CSBR Northeastern Road Trip: Day 1

Image Credit: Enersys

Image Credit: Enersys

By Alex Sweetman

July 21, 2015 – The Northeastern road trip is well under way across the Northeastern plains of Colorado. The Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) Aerospace Development road trips have been an amazing force in forming connections between the Front Range and the Western slope of Colorado, and now the same is happening across the East.

Monday was the first day on the road, and the group made its way up to Longmont, Colorado to the Enersys and ABSL Space Systems office with Christie Lee, CSBR Event Coordinator, behind the wheel.

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Enersys is a worldwide business operating locally to provide batteries for high-end space systems like the MMU suits that astronauts use on EVA on the international Space Station. Enersys also manufactures spacecraft batteries that supply mission-critical power for platform and payload systems. Batteries mainly provide power during periods of solar array shadowing, but they are also mandatory during early mission phases prior to full solar array deployment.

LEGO spaceman and the “larger-than-life” batteries.

LEGO spaceman and the “larger-than-life” batteries.

Joe Troutman of Enersys welcomed all visitors to the expanding facility, and introduced CSBR President Edgar Johansson to the crowd of local officials, business representatives, and educators.

CSBR President Edgar Johansson

CSBR President Edgar Johansson

After everyone introduced themselves and their affiliations to the full group of attendees, CSBR members and guests were treated to a tour of the Enersys facilities. Along the way, Joe Troutman and city officials discussed why Longmont is such a great place to start a business — with the Longmont NextLight initiative bringing gigabit fiber internet to the city, and continuing improvement of the city’s water and electrical systems, which are second only to Denver in the state — officials made a fantastic case for the growing city of the future.

For Day 2 the CSBR group is heading to Ft. Collins to tour the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, as well as Eastern Greeley.

Editor’s Note: Alex Sweetman is an Aerospace Operations Student in the Aviation and Aerospace Sciences Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He devotes his spare time to working with each of the clubs in the aerospace department to help them grow and succeed, as well as working in the department’s front office. Outside of his studies, Alex enjoys learning from everyone he meets and advocating for STEM education and the aerospace industry. Follow Alex on Twitter: @Sweetmankind