Cardinal News Covers Blacksburg-Based Company Aiming for the Stars

New River Valley, VA – Cardinal News recently published an article detailing a role that VPT, a Blacksburg-based company, plays in a planned future mission to space. VPT is no stranger to out-of-this-world projects. They also supplied components for the 2020 Mars Rover Perseverance Mission.

“Psyche” is the name of the aircraft currently in development by NASA that could launch as early as 2023. According to the article, “If all goes well, Psyche will rendezvous with an asteroid also called Psyche.”

Psyche (the asteroid) is comprised mainly of metal. The mission is estimated to take 3.5 years and will include a sling-shot type of gravity assist from Mars. Upon reaching the asteroid, the spacecraft will remain in orbit for approximately 21 months.

Dan Sable is the president of Blacksburg’s VPT, Inc. The article states that Sable, 64, “has been involved in the space industry since 1978 when he was a co-op student at RCA Astro-Electronics”. Sable then earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

“To succeed, like Sable has, as an engineer/entrepreneur, it takes a visionary who is not afraid to put in the long hours to realize a dream”.

– Brett Malone, president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Learn more about the Psyche mission here.

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