Deep Space Systems (DSS)
Company typeSubsidiary
FounderStephen Bailey
Key people
Stephen Bailey (President and CEO)
Michelle Bailey (CFO)
Karl Lauffer (Vice President)
ProductsSystems engineering, space cameras, lunar rover
Number of employees
≈100 (2018 [1])
ParentRedwire Space, Inc.

Deep Space Systems, Inc (DSS) is a private aerospace company dedicated to systems engineering that supports the design, development, integration, testing and operations of science and exploration spacecraft.

DSS was incorporated in 2001 and it is based at Littleton, Colorado, United States.[2] Its Founder and President is Steve Bailey.[3]

In June 2020, the company merged with Adcole Corp. to form Redwire.[4][5]


The specialties of DSS are systems engineering, spacecraft design, development, integration and testing, deep space mission operations, and high-definition space-qualified cameras. In 2006, Lockheed Martin won the contract for the Orion spacecraft with the collaboration of Deep Space Systems,[3] and in 2009, DSS was named NASA's Johnson Space Center Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, for its work on Orion's avionics system.[3] While collaboration with Lockheed Martin drives the business, Deep Space Systems diversified with the development of satellite-ready cameras.

On 29 November 2018, Deep Space Systems was included in the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program (CLPS) by NASA, which makes it eligible to bid on delivering science and technology payloads to the Moon, worth $2.6 billion in contracts over 10 years.[6][7] DSS is now considered a "main contractor" for NASA's CLPS program, and DSS can sub-contract projects to other companies of their choice. According to NASA, Deep Space Systems will be proposing a small commercial lunar rover in 2019 to carry science payloads, in addition of their design and development services to the program.[8] DSS is also working on a lander concept focused on scouting south polar lunar resources.[9]


  1. ^ DEEP SPACE SYSTEMS Revenue, Growth & Competitor Profile. Inc Fact Accessed on 13 December 2018
  2. ^ Deep Space Systems, Inc. - Company profile. Accessed on 13 December 2018
  3. ^ a b c Deep Space Systems. Eric Peterson, Company Week. 11 November 2018
  4. ^ Redwire
  5. ^ "Made in Space acquired by private equity firm". 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  6. ^ "NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services". NASA. 29 November 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ NASA selects nine companies for commercial lunar lander program. Jeff Foust, Space News. 29 November 2018
  8. ^ Draft Concepts for Commercial Lunar Landers. NASA, CLPS. Accessed on 12 December 2018
  9. ^ Lunar Resource Prospecting. S. A. Bailey. Abstract presented at the "Lunar ISRU 2019: Developing a New Space Economy Through Lunar Resources and Their Utilization". July 15–17, 2019, Columbia, Maryland