An Interview with Doug Stetson, President of FreeFall Aerospace: Where did you grow up? "My Dad was in the Air Force so we moved around a bit, but mostly I grew up in Southern California. We spent a few years at Edwards Air Force Base when I was little so I got to see a lot of flight tests of cool planes back in the 1960’s. I think that’s what got me hooked on aerospace. I followed through with that in college at Stanford University. I also [...]
Arizona Technology Council The Arizona Technology Council's After5 Networking December event was sponsored by FreeFall Aerospace. This 2018 Holiday Mixer was at the beautiful Ronstadt House courtesy of UA Venture Capital. Approximately 85 guests attended from other Tucson and Phoenix technology companies. A special thanks for Celebrate for Good who helped plan this corporate event.
Dec 3, 2018 By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star A venture-capital fund focused on University of Arizona technology has invested in Freefall Aerospace, a UA spinoff that has developed a new, steerable antenna for satellite and ground-based communications. Freefall was founded by UA astronomy professor Chris Walker and NASA veteran Doug Stetson to advance antenna technology licensed from the UA. The company’s antennas are compact, lightweight and require low power, enabling 360-degree steerable high-frequency communications with no moving parts. In August, the company demonstrated its high-efficiency antennas for small [...]
FreeFall Tests Spherical Antennas at 159,000 feet on NASA’s Largest Balloon Innovative antennas provide high-bandwidth communications for small satellites FreeFall Aerospace, a Tucson-based startup founded by Chris Walker and Doug Stetson, recently demonstrated its wide field of view, electronically steerable, high-gain antennas for small satellites. The test, from NASA’s 60 million cubic foot stratospheric balloon at a record-breaking sustainable altitude of 159,000 ft., was completed on August 17th. This eight-hour test marks a breakthrough for the emerging small satellite industry. “This test was a big step forward for FreeFall [...]