February 18, 2015 – Fast Company has recognized Honeybee Robotics as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Space. The Fast Company list, part of its annual publication of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, includes Honeybee Robotics for the company’s expertise in planetary exploration technologies.
The annual Most Innovative Companies listing is one of Fast Company’s most anticipated editorial efforts of the year, a product of months of research and analysis on companies around the globe. The companies on its list are recognized for their progressive, nimble business models, sustainability, and creativity.
Honeybee Robotics earned placement alongside nine other innovative companies for its work supporting planetary exploration, including NASA’s Mars rovers, and initiatives to harvest resources from the moon and near-Earth objects (NEOs). The company has developed an unmatched expertise in planetary contact science tools and instruments in support of NASA’s numerous missions and development programs for the Moon, Mars, Venus, and NEOs.
Highlights of the company’s performance over the last decade include a series of firsts for contact science and exploration on Mars. The Rock Abrasion Tools on the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity were the first tools to access the interior of rocks on Mars, starting in 2004. On the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander, the Icy Soil Acquisition Device (aka the “Phoenix Scoop”) was the first tool to interact with the vast deposits of water ice in the Martian polar regions. More recently, the Dust Removal Tool on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity completed numerous dustings of Martian rocks in Gale Crater.
Honeybee Robotics is also developing drills and sample acquisition systems for the Mars 2020 mission and Asteroid Redirect Mission in support of NASA’s ongoing exploration programs.
Earlier this month, Honeybee Robotics announced an expansion of its Longmont, Colorado facility to provide more resources for product design, fabrication and systems validation. Founded in 2008 to lead the company’s flight systems development, the office has steadily grown with increased demand for its products and technologies. The facility now comprises 12,000 square feet, including a machine shop, Class-10,000 clean room, Class-100 laminar flow benches, and thermal vacuum chamber for systems integration and testing.
“The growth of our Colorado facility is a direct reflection of the demand, among both private sector and government clients, for high-performance spacecraft subsystems that work reliably and can be delivered quickly,” said Erik Mumm, VP of Flight Systems, Honeybee Robotics. “The space industry demands consistency and reliable performance above all. While we continue to advance the state of the art in satellite and space exploration technology, our growth reflects our track record of designing and delivering mission-critical spacecraft subsystems.”
In addition to tripling the size of the design, fabrication, integration and testing facility, the company’s Longmont office also received AS9100 Rev C certification for quality management in aerospace systems.