It is always great to see PADT customers in the news. This past weekend, January 25, 2014, our long time customer Space Data Corp. launched “a 15-foot latex balloon to carry communications equipment aloft to above 65,000 feet to relay voice and data over a 600-mile range.” This was at a meeting of the Arizona Near Space Technology Alliance, an organization we suspect may have more PADT customers as members.
The article also points out the two of our local US Representatives, Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Matt Salmon (R) were there. It was great to see actual bi-partisan support for local business and technology.
PADT has been providing Space Data with design, simulation, prototyping, and manufacturing consulting help since about the time the company was founded. The company was an early adopter of the extensive use of rapid prototyping in the design and test of their systems, long before it was considered cool and called 3D Printing.
Every time we see one of their balloons go up, we feel proud to have contributed to their growth and success.