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A piece of Vermont floats in space. “What little girl doesn’t grow up wanting to launch rockets into space?” Madeline Pomicter, a propulsion engineer at Benchmark Space Systems, said. “It’s pretty amazing that I was able to stay in a place that seems as far removed from the space industry as Vermont and still been able to do such cool stuff.” Madeline Pomicter was born in Middlebury, raised in Shelburne, and attended the University of Vermont. Now the Green Mountain State native has helped get into space. Pomicter led the design of the new Benchmark Space System propulsions. The propulsion took off on Thursday, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “I basically defined the design of the system and designed most of the subcomponents,” Pomicter said. “It was definitely the most exciting 10 seconds of my job so far, it was the 10 seconds before the launch and the 10 seconds after.” The chemical propulsion they manufacture will help satellites do their jobs efficiently and move efficiently in space. The rocket took a bunch of satellites, 88 of them, all in one place and with our propulsion on board they can get to where they want to be, ”said Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark Space Systems. “It’s like getting on a big passenger jet to get close, and then you can take a taxi or a small regional jet to get around, which is what our propulsion allows them to do.” The company celebrates the end of its six months of work with an event on Friday. Data on the launch’s success is expected to arrive next month. They have two more launches planned. Benchmark Space Systems is a University of Vermont company. They have been working on innovation in aerospace technology since 2017. They also have an office in Napa, California.

A piece of Vermont floats in space.

“What little girl doesn’t grow up wanting to launch rockets into space?” Madeline Pomicter, a propulsion engineer at Benchmark Space Systems, said. “It’s pretty amazing that I was able to stay in a place that seems as far removed from the space industry as Vermont and that I can still do such cool stuff.”

Madeline Pomicter was born in Middlebury, raised in Shelburne, and attended the University of Vermont. Now the Green Mountain State native has helped get into space.

Pomicter led the design of the new Benchmark Space System propulsions. The propulsion took off on Thursday, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

“I basically defined the design of the system and designed most of the subcomponents,” Pomicter said. “It was definitely the most exciting 10 seconds of my job so far, it was the 10 seconds before the launch and the 10 seconds after.”

The chemical propulsion they manufacture will help satellites do their jobs efficiently and move efficiently in space.

“This rocket took a bunch of satellites, 88 of them, all in one place and with our propulsion on board, they can get to where they want to be,” said Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark Space Systems. “It’s like getting on a big passenger jet to get close, and then you can take a taxi or a small regional jet to get around, which is what our propulsion allows them to do.”

The company is celebrating the completion of its six months of work with an event held on Friday. Data on the launch’s success is expected to arrive next month. They have two more launches planned.

Benchmark Space Systems is a company that originated from the University of Vermont. They have been working on innovation in aerospace technology since 2017. They also have an office in Napa, California.

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