8(a) Certified Woman-Owned Small Business

  • Aug2016
    Inc 5000 List

    Press Release by SAS

    Special Aerospace Services Named Among America's Fastest Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine

    Space Ref (Aug 29, 2016) - Special Aerospace Services LLC (SAS), an 8(a) certified woman-owned small business specializing in tactical engineering and precision manufacturing, has been included on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

    With a three-year revenue growth of 221%, SAS ranks #1,685 on the overall Inc. 5000 list, which is compiled annually by Inc. magazine. Among engineering companies nationwide, SAS ranks #18, while its impressive revenue numbers place it #44 on the list of Colorado companies and #4 in the Boulder area. READ ARTICLE

  • Aug2016
    Business Expansion

    Article by Travis Leder, TechAlabama

    Colorado aerospace company plans Huntsville workforce expansion

    TechAlabama (Aug 15, 2016) - Special Aerospace Services is establishing a permanent Huntsville presence in hopes of doing more business with NASA, the U.S. Army and area employers.

    Many of the Boulder, Colorado company's current clients are located near its Old Madison Pike office near Cummings Research Park and Redstone Arsenal. CEO Heather Bulk says its longtime relationship with existing Huntsville employers makes the Rocket City an ideal location for the company. READ ARTICLE

  • Aug2016
    Special Aerospace Services

    Image Courtesy of Jonathan Castner Photography & Motion

    Co-founders Heather and Tim Bulk have expanded from cutting-edge aerospace R&D into manufacturing with a strategic acquisition.

    CompanyWeek (Aug 15, 2016) - Heather Bulk, CEO of Special Aerospace Services (SAS), readily admits that Colorado is not on the top of most minds when the aerospace industry is mentioned around the globe. But Boulder and Colorado are vital cogs in the wheel of space. READ ARTICLE

  • July2016
    Re - Inventing Manufacturing

    Courtesy of MilsatMagazine

    Building To Meet Changing Needs For The 21st Century

    MilsatMagazine (July 20, 2016) - Privately funded ventures have disrupted the way aerospace companies do business. Whether the customer is in the government or commercial sector, the competition is fierce.

    Providers of spacecraft and launch vehicles must now focus on rapid development, going from concept to final product in a fraction of the time once required. This has put pressure on the entire aerospace supply chain.

    Special Aerospace Services (SAS) has experienced these paradigm shifts first hand with numerous tactical engineering projects. Client frustrations were observed when manufacturers couldn’t keep up with the need to develop new parts and components with the speed and efficiency dictated by changing economics. READ ARTICLE

  • May2016
    Small Business Recognition Award

    Courtnesy of United Launch Alliance

    United Launch Alliance Honors Special Aerospace Services with Small Business Recognition Award

    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (May 16, 2016) - United Launch Alliance recently honored Special Aerospace Services of Boulder, Colorado, with a 2015 Small Business Recognition award for the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage program. SAS provided extensive systems engineering support including managing the ICPS requirements baseline and change requests, the development of NASA standard tailoring, ICPS emulator development including requirements development and verification planning. ULA is working collaboratively with The Boeing Company to develop the ICPS for the first flight of the Space Launch System in 2018. READ ARTICLE

  • May2016
    Forbes/Business: Colorado Voice

    Posted and courtesy of ForbeBrandVoice, by Lisa Wirthman

    Colorado Builds on History as Launchpad for Space Exploration

    (Forbes - May 13, 2016) -NASA spacecraft New Horizons, which blew minds last year with close-up images of Pluto, is now more than 3.2 billion miles away from home - which some might place more precisely in Colorado.READ ARTICLE

  • April2016
    Engineering Service Support

    Posted and courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corp.

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Hardware Enables Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to Successfully Berth to the International Space Station

    SPARKS, Nev (SNC - April 18, 2016) -Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) congratulates NASA and Bigelow Aerospace on successfully berthing the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the International Space Station (ISS) - the first time an expandable habitat has ever attached to the ISS. BEAM, a two-year demonstration designed to test and validate expandable habitats, is focused on assessing the module launch and deployment techniques as well as overall thermal, structural, mechanical and atmospheric performance of an expandable module. Under contract with NASA, SNC manufactured and delivered the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM) that was attached to BEAM before launch and then attached BEAM to the ISS on April 16, 2016.READ ARTICLE

  • March2016
    AS9100 Certification

    Special Aerospace Services - SAS Manufacturing News

    SAS Manufacturing receives AS9100 Certification

    ENGLEWOOD, Co (SAS Mfg - March 24, 2016) - Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is pleased to announce that it has achieved the accomplishment of certifying to the ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev C Standards for its Englewood, CO manufacturing facility.

    AS9100 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System standard specific to the aerospace, aviation, and defense industries. This certification reflects SAS Manufacturing commitment to meeting and exceeding the increasingly stringent industry requirements for aerospace, aviation, and defense related products. AS9100 certification and our commitment assures our manufacturing processes consistently meet the expectations and requirements of customers' most challenging needs.

Events Calendar

Throughout the year, SAS presents at technical conferences around the world and exhibits at trade shows in North America. And we periodically host our own special events in our hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

Grand Openting Evite

Opportunities at SAS

Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is a dynamic and rapidly growing aerospace company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. SAS is a boutique engineering and development firm that is on the leading edge of space and aviation engineering providing support to NASA, Department of Defense and the increasingly dynamic and varied Commercial Space providers. Our highly experienced team of engineers, space system developers, former astronauts and executives are deployed at client facilities across the nation. Our team is sought after for expertise in launch vehicle systems engineering, spaceflight safety, international development programs, prototype, development and manufacturing. We offer a vibrant work environment where personnel are empowered to take ownership of key projects and chart a course for career growth with us.

Current Openings

Propulsion Engineer – Denver, CO
Space Vehicle Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Systems Engineer


Job Description:

Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is a small, dynamic and rapidly growing aerospace company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. A two-time winner of the Inc. 5000 award, SAS is leading engineering and development firm that provides critical support to the space and aviation industries, including NASA, Department of Defense and the Commercial Space arena.

Our team of engineers, space system developers, former astronauts and executive leaders is sought after for expertise throughout the nation. We focus on launch vehicle systems engineering, spaceflight safety, international development programs, prototype, development and manufacturing many of these parts.

The SAS team is all about synergy and problem solving. We are a nimble, tactical engineering company that is keeping pace with the big companies, lending new ways of thinking to the rapidly evolving space and aviation industries.

Controller Job Description:

We are seeking the right person to fill the critical role as Controller. SAS is seeking a smart, multi-faceted person, with a very strong accounting/finance background. We want to bring on that specific individual who thrives in a small business, can manage a small finance team to ensure accurate, timely responsibilities are met.

If you have DCAA and FAR experience, have the interpersonal skills to manage a small team, can make Excel work for you and understand the critical nature of finance in a small company, please keep reading.

Details of the Role:

The SAS Controller is a critical role for a growing, 65+-person company in Boulder, Colorado. This role requires strong accounting skills, FAR, DCAA and GAAP experience and knowledge, and ability to provide essential reporting, budgeting and forecasting. Effective communication skills are essential to coordinate with the team.

This position requires the ability to provide accurate, timely data, as well as observations and recommendations with regards to financials of the company. The controller position is accountable for the financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include metrics tied to the company strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

Controller Skills and Qualifications:

Management of a small team, experience in a small business, Accounting, Corporate Finance, Reporting Skills, Attention to Detail, Strong Excel Skills, Deadline-Oriented, Reporting Research Results, Confidentiality, Time Management, Data Entry Management.

• Planning skills such as budgeting/scheduling to prepare yearly financial budget; time management to assure bills are paid on time, warehouse orders are processed and delivered, and to make bank deposits
• Mathematical skills to: maintain and balance accounts, calculate sales tax; verify invoices, post fees, receipt and deposit all funds, and prepare journal entries, and balance accounts receivable
• Works independently. Work is directed by precedents or company policy. Employee utilizes a large variety of guidelines to analyze facts and determine the correct procedure to use


Small businesses are dynamic. They require the right person to be agile, composed and a big thinker and, most importantly, be experienced in multi-faceted financial and tactical environments. Anyone who does not have the following will likely not thrive in this role.

7+ years’ experience in accounting and finance
5+ years DCAA, GAAP and FAR compliance experience
2+ years in a Small business
5+ years of managing a team

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@specialaerospaceservices.com

More Information:

We want you to love our industry and team as much as we do. Get to know us, embrace our passion and find out more about who we are at www.specialaerospaceservices.com

Propulsion Engineer – Denver, CO

Job Description:

Small Aerospace Engineering company seeks engineer with 5-10 years industry / postgraduate experience ready to join a fast paced hardware-driven environment in the design, fabrication and testing of propulsion systems. Candidate will work with a team of lead engineers and sub-contractors, and must have expertise in the detailed design and analysis of cryogenic rocket propulsion system components (i.e. thrust chambers, injectors, propellant feed systems, etc.), and / or systems engineering expertise in the integration and range testing of propulsion components in launch vehicle applications. Additionally, familiarity with Matlab or comparable language, thermodynamic analysis tools, and CAD software is a must. Hands-on hardware test experience is preferred; US citizenship is required.


• BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering. MS is preferred
• Experience in propulsion systems and aerodynamics design and analysis, specializing in launch and space vehicles
• Demonstrated experience in performing thermodynamic, propulsion, and pneumatic analysis of propulsion system components and tanks
• Experience in creating system level and detailed propulsion analytical models Experience with thermal and fluids analytical tools
• Experience in working with and possibly directing cross-functional teams to conduct root cause analysis and develop and implement product/process improvements
• Formulate engine, tank and valve supplier specifications and test plans
• Hands-on experience with propulsion system and component design and testing
• Knowledge in developing analysis methodologies and verification plans to meet subsystem requirements
• Candidate should be able to coordinate and interact with engine supplier and ground system teams for integration and interface efforts
• Excellent organizational, communication, and problem solving skills


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Space Vehicle Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Job Description:

Seeking a software quality assurance engineer with a strong background in space launch systems and embedded flight software to provide space launch services to our client. The software engineer will have demonstrated experience in SQA as applied to space vehicle flight software and be required to ensure space launch vehicle flight software product are compliant to program and company standards and processes.

Principal Responsibilities:

• B.S./B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering, Software Engineering OR in a related technical discipline, MS is a plus
• 10+ years of demonstrated experience in the field/domain
• Develop, modify, apply, and maintain standards for software quality operating methods, processes, systems and procedures
• Flight software implementation, and processes and methods maintenance
• Ensure measures meet acceptable reliability standards
• Develop overall operating criteria to ensure implementation of the software according to project, process and contact requirements and objectives
• Ensure that project and process documentation are compliant with requirements and contract
• Review software design, change specs/requirements
• Perform verification of software requirement allocation, traceability and testability


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Systems Engineer

Job Description:

Looking for highly motivated candidate who is able to operate in a complex team environment and understands avionic systems. An understanding of technical compliance and risk assessment is a must. Excellent oral and written communicational skills, technical writing experience, strong interpersonal skills are required. Additional duties include coordination with peers and customers to ensure the safety and reliability of systems.

Principal Responsibilities:

• BA or BS degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline, such as Aerospace Engineering/ System Engineering with emphasis on Electrical Systems, with 5-10 years of experience
• Knowledge of and experience with box level aircraft/spacecraft avionics, electrical systems and component integration
• Ability to communicate technical ideas and information in order to develop engineering solutions to solve complex issues
• Should be able to analyze and evaluate the safety and reliability of systems and its components
• failure investigation, design evaluation, systems integration
• Customer interaction and presentation experience
• Ability to work multiple technical projects and customer requests in a fast paced operations environment
• Interpret and analyze specifications and data
• Job experience with NASA programs, space systems, aviation, aerospace, satellite or launch vehicle experience is required.


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

For career opportunities and further inquiries, please contact: careers@specialaerospaceservices.com