ARS' associates share common values in the use of technology to improve society, preserve the environment, and increase the security and safety of our community."
Dr. P. Rai Menges, President & Founder

Aerospace Research Systems (ARS) is dedicated to creating the technological infrastructures necessary for the sustained development of commercial, independent orbital space. Our primary goal is to engineer and build autonomous intelligent systems as the foundation to accessing and operating in space. Our emphasis on the development of evolutionary technologies, technologies that can be sustained while providing the greatest degree of innovation and cost effectiveness for a variety of applications and missions has created a successful foundation for the design of complex vehicle systems. Our multidisciplinary environment provides unique opportunities for leveraging technologies across disciplines and is the foundation from which we create innovative systems, develop new methods of inquiry and solve problems from a variety of scientific and technical fields.

ARS, the first "sustainable" aerospace company, with a corporate philosophy founded in social responsibility

The “ARS Business Model” is alien. Not extraterrestrial, but still alien to any business major. When ARSI was founded in September of 1993 many of us were still at college and the idea that we could build space systems sustainability in a considered, effective and competent way by earning money to fund our work was a little strange to many even then. But twenty-five years later we have done just that through consulting and building and spinning-off technologies and companies. We have built many of the infrastructures and a growing technology base for commercial space exploration.

World Class R&D as a Foundation to Revolutionary Technology

Technology is only relevant when it is applied to real world solutions. ARS' R&D has been spun-off in five successful corporations and two collaborative projects. ARS' talent for developing revolutionary technologies has garnered patents, funding, and awards, including a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellowship (NIAC). Our dedication to scientific excellence and dedicated R&D continues our mission developing sustainable technology for Earth and space.

New Approach to Space

Aerospace Research Systems is celebrating twenty-five years successfully creating technological infrastructures necessary for the development of sustainable private and commercial space. Our on-going commitment to developing technologies and infrastructures for near space development and continued investment in R&D ensures engineering of robust space systems to further human space exploration. It is this corporate culture that provides ARS with unique knowledge and skill sets not found in most small companies.

ARS is continuing to grow and expend internal operations with the consolidation of Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist's projects within ARS creating a new team to build new knowledge management and system simulation tools within our Space Systems Group.



ARS' world class materials bridging new areas of research and application of green composites

ARS' materials expertise is being applied to sustainable aerospace structures and building green composites and complement advances functional structures. These new building materials offer lighter, modular structures with high-energy efficiency and strength. One of this century's most challenging problems is housing. Sustainable, affordable housing offering energy efficiency can be met by ARS' new lightweight materials technology. Other applications include anechoic chambers as well as a new approach to small sats, disposable vehicles, lunar and remote structures.

In the News

An two-part interview with an American innovator

First part of a two part interview on the Aerospace Research Systems and its founder Dr. Rai Menges, covering spin-offs and new partnerships. The Ramstar orbital spaceplane and more.

Second part of the two part series exploring the innovation and dedication to sustainability on Earth and in engineering by a leading American innovator.

Dr. Rai Menges recognized for human rights efforts

The American Association for the Advancement of Sceince (AAAS) is the leading science society in America representing all scientific disciplines and publishing the Journal Science. AAAS has dedicated programs supporting the advancement of human rights. The AAAS On-Call Scientist program has assisted getting expertise from the AAAS On-Call volunteers to NGO's and others. Dr. Rai menges has been a long-time member and volunteer. She has been recognized for her work in increasing safety of aid workers and others.

Past interviews

The Space Show
Other links coming soon.


Above: The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane was derived from a hypersonic UAV designed to operate from aircraft carriers. The Ramstar was featured in the Springer monograph, Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport, by Matthew Bentley.

Above: The ARS Ramstar Hypersonic UAV is designed to takeoff from any jet runway or aircraft carrier.



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