Celestial Clout: Stellar Companies Make Tucson a True Space City

BizTucson – Winter 2024 – By Tara Kirkpatrick
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FreeFall Aerospace is disrupting the communications infrastructure for the New Space Economy with low-cost, low-power antennas to support satellites. Its technology is as novel as it is cost-effective and has garnered industry attention.

“Our patented technologies and antenna designs are based on spherical geometry,” said the Tucson company’s new CEO, said Dan Geraci. “This leads to very low-power, low-maintenance, and low-cost antennas.”

Demand for thousands of new antennas in the coming decade is accelerating. FreeFall’s technology is aimed squarely at this demand.

“We’re uniquely positioned to disrupt the terrestrial and space antenna marketplace. The timing is right,” Geraci said.

The company, co-founded by Doug Stetson and Chris Walker with seed funding from UA Venture Capital and its CEO Fletcher McCusker, was incubated out of Tech Launch Arizona. It was honored as a Startup of the Year Finalist in 2022 and Innovation Leader of the Year in 2019. Walker was named Inventor of the Year in 2018, and the company received TechConnect Defense Innovation Awards in 2017 and 2018.

FreeFall prides itself as a flexible, family-friendly employer–there are two office dogs, in fact–and a creativity juggernaut for engineers.

Julie Bonner, FreeFall’s Director of Communications, summarized it best. “We have an environment of creativity, flexibility, and innovation here. Plus Tucson is an amazing Space City!”

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