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Miles Space

Reaching for the stars

Our team of expert leaders, citizen scientists and engineers came together for one purpose: to create technological excellence. With team lead Wesley Faler leading the way, Randall Leshin providing counsel, Brian Piccioni handling business finances, and Alex Wingeier providing information technology, our employees build cutting-edge technology suited to a wide range of aerospace interests.

Our original technology was created for the NASA CubeQuest Challenge, where it won prizes in every Ground Tournament. The satellite is on track to be launched on the SLS EM-1 mission, and poised to break competitive records.

Executive Team

The Miles Space management team is led by Wesley Faler. Wes brings 15 years of plasma thruster experience and 25 years leading small engineering groups, including software development for Part Time Scientists, a Lunar X-Prize team. Randall Leshin is COO and Chief Counsel. His 30 years of experience in the startup and legal arenas provides a solid foundation for the future growth of Miles Space. Brian Piccioni brings deep industry experience in the global satellite market as CFO. He has served as senior financial executive for a number of aerospace and technology companies. Alex Wingeier is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Miles Space. Alex served as worldwide technical lead for the acquisitions division for a Fortune 100 company during their high-growth phase. He later co-founded two companies including a successful IT services company.

Wes Faler

CEO

  • President of Fluid & Reason where he invented the ConstantQ thruster
  • Chief Software Engineer for Lunar X-Prize team Part Time Scientists
  • Founder of Team Miles (NASA Cube Quest Challenge)
  • Keynote speaker at space / satellite conferences

Randy Leshin

COO

  • President of Randall Leshin, PA
  • 30 Years practicing law
  • Built and managed early stage growth for companies up to 150 employees and $60 million annual revenue.

Brian Piccioni

CFO

  • Raised capital as CFO of ServInt and Mindseeker.
  • Contributes satellite industry expertise from tenure with  iDirect, GeoEye and Verestar.
  • Provided access to capital, debt refinancing, M&A and integration services to growth stage companies.

Alex Wingeier

CIO

  • Led and managed technical integration of worldwide acquisitions for a Fortune 100 company.
  • Co-Founder of two technology startups providing real estate data services and IT support services
  • Current member of Team Miles

Our Roots

Team Miles, a collection of citizen inventors, came together to compete in the Cube Quest Challenge. Our goal is to develop a small spacecraft that will journey into deep space to demonstrate newly developed navigation, propulsion, and communications technology. Our mission goals are to demonstrate the ability to conduct orbital maneuvers, navigate to a target given limited information, and demonstrate robust communications with a ground station from deep space. We will be refining and implementing several new technologies including plasma thrusters, a failsafe computing cluster, and a revolutionary communications strategy.

As part of accomplishing these goals, we will compete for a number of prizes offered in the NASA CubeQuest Challenge. By leveraging our competitive advantages, we believe we are uniquely qualified to earn deep space communications prizes. On June 8th, Team Miles was selected by NASA as one of three teams qualified to launch on the inaugural SLS mission as a secondary payload.

The Challenge

According to NASA, the Cube Quest Challenge is designed to foster innovations in small spacecraft propulsion and communications techniques. Teams compete to win up to a total of $1,500,000 in cash prizes by meeting or exceeding technical objectives for communication from at least 4,000,000 kilometers from Earth during the Deep Space Derby. Up to a total of $3,000,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to and shared between registered Competitor Teams that are able to meet or exceed technical objectives for propulsion and communication from lunar orbit during the Lunar Derby.

A series of four Ground Tournaments were conducted prior to both the Deep Space Derby and Lunar Derby. Team Miles earned the maximum cash prize in all four ground tournaments and secured two first place finishes along the way. With their selection by NASA to ride on the SLS to the Moon (an estimated $2.5M value), Team Miles is now in the build phase for their spacecraft with plans to deliver a completed craft in 2018 for final integration into the deployer along with 12 other manifested payloads.

The Results

Team Miles is a four-time winner in the NASA CubeQuest Challenge!

GT1 – Team Miles Earns First Place in NASA Challenge.

GT2Team Miles wins $30K in CubeQuest Challenge.

GT3 – Team Miles Earns First Place in Ground Tournament 3.

GT4 – Tampa Startup Team Miles Brings Home Another NASA CubeQuest Top Finish and secures a launch on SLS-EM1.

Our cubesat launches with NASA past the moon in its  journey towards Mars on the upcoming SLS EM-1 mission!