North Lima company partnering with NASA on payload project

Staff report


A local engineering company is working on mastering a project with NASA that aims to reshape previous attempts involving the release of payloads into space.

North Lima-based KTSDI, LLC is preparing to ship parts it constructed pertaining to NASA’s Balloon Launch Program. The program’s purpose is to stand as a much-less-costly way to transport cargo to space.

KTSDI specializes in vehicle solutions and will aid NASA by assembling a truck needed to move and release a massive helium balloon up into the stratosphere. These balloons may reach up to 100 times the size of

Goodyear blimps and carry cargo such as satellites or serve for scientific and weather experimentation.

KTSDI began as an out-of-home mechanical-engineering company, started by its manager, Ken Timmings of Boardman, in May 2007.

Read more about this company and its developments in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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