February 20, 2018 – York Space Systems, a Denver company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, today announced the appointment of Robert Baltrum as Vice President of Engineering. Baltrum, a seasoned space industry veteran, joins the York Space Systems team from Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation where he held various leadership roles, most recently as the Systems Engineering & Integration and Test Lead for the Spacecraft Product Center.
“Rob has a storied history of demonstrated success deploying not only the nation’s premier and most valued space assets, but also the most agile and responsive space solutions to both commercial and military markets” said Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York Space Systems. “There are very few more experienced individuals when it comes to designing, deploying, and executing complete space solutions. His expertise will continue to ensure York’s vision of rapidly deployed space solutions and we are delighted to have him lead our pioneering engineering team.”
With more than 20 years of experience, Baltrum’s extensive career includes leading numerous classified space programs and spearheading the engineering efforts for NASA’s Suomi-NPP weather satellite. Prior to his role at Ball, Baltrum held leadership positions with industry leading firms including Orbital Sciences and AeroAstro. He has received numerous awards including the NASA System Engineering Excellence Award, NASA Group Achievement Award, and the Follet award.
“York Space Systems is at a pivotal stage for growth right now as the company continues to not only make strides in the production of the S-CLASS platform but is now engineering complete spacecraft solutions for end-item customers including spacecraft, launch, ground segment, and mission operations which is revolutionizing the space industry” said Baltrum. “I am honored to be selected to join the executive team as we deliver on major milestones to our single mission and constellation customers.”
In his role at York Space Systems, Baltrum will lead and manage all aspects of the technical team including the development of York’s S-CLASS spacecraft, York’s turn-key space collection solutions, and the development and deployment of cloud-based spacecraft development tools & mission tasking. Having just completed many critical milestones in the advancement of the S-CLASS platform, York Space Systems remains on track to deliver for the upcoming Harbinger Mission, set to launch in November 2018.