Pioneer Astronautics - Facilities Overview

A view of the Pioneer offices from the front door.

Pioneer Astronautics' office and laboratory is located at 11111 W. 8th Avenue, Unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215. The office contains approximately 2000 square feet of floor space and is equipped with high-speed Pentium based personal computer systems that have internet access. Software for the computers includes Microsoft Fortran, word processing, graphical, and CAD programs, and launch simulation, rocket specific impulse calculation, engine system analysis, chemistry, chemical engineering, balloon simulation and computational fluid dynamics codes. Technical information resources are available nearby in the extensive library systems of the University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines, the Jefferson County library system and the City of Denver, as well as the extensive technical libraries of the Pioneer Astronautics office and those of its personnel.

A view of the Pioneer laboratory space.

Pioneer Astronautics' laboratory contains approximately 3000 square feet of space, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art LabVIEW based data acquisition system. The Pioneer Astronautics laboratory has fully instrumented capabilities to perform high-pressure tank tests and numerous chemistry experiments, as well as support development of complex chemical process systems. The laboratory area also has an on-site machine shop and welding capabilities to support manufacturing of test article/facility equipment, a 300-liter vacuum chamber, and a gas chromatograph for use in chemical analysis.

A view of the Pioneer machining area.

Pioneer Astronautics has also established a working relationship with the nearby Colorado School of Mines (CSM), allowing it to use the lab facilities and machine ship in the CSM's chemistry department. In addition, Pioneer Astronautics has established a working relationship with the Bioserve Technologies Laboratory at the University of Colorado allowing it to make use of lab space at that location as well. Pioneer Astronautics personnel have demonstrated the ability to design and build experimental laboratory test equipment, install necessary instrumentation to measure performance, assemble and integrate all necessary hardware, and perform experiments and record relevant data from such systems.