Capital Region

Anchored by the State Capital complex in Albany, this region is home to more than just the hub of New York's government. It is also home to a quality network of planetariums, schools, rocketry and astronomy clubs, and research facilities.

Residents can participate in amateur astronomy or rocketry through well established community groups, or visit the Empire State Aerospace Museum in Schenectady. The region is also home to the SUNY Research Foundation, the nation's largest comprehensive academic research foundation, an invaluable source of support for the New York scientific research infrastructure.

The Capital Region is also dominated by major universities conducting direct and indirect programming and research in the space industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College, Skidmore, Siena, and SUNY Albany offer a wide range of unique and high-quality academic resources and serve as core contributors to the Capital Region's space ecosystem.

New York's Capital Region is more than just the seat of government in Albany. It is home to a wide array of civic and academic space resources serving as a critical foundation for a space ecosystem hub.

Including 66 organizations and resources throughout the Capital Region!

Business Capital | Business Services | Civic Sector | Higher Education | K-12 Schools | NYers In Space | Planetariums & Observatories | Space Companies

Business Capital -- 16 resources

OrganizationLocationTypeBusiness FocusBusiness StageSpace Focus LevelSpace InvolvementAssetsUniversitySocial MediaADSDNotes
SUNY VenturesAlbanyVenture CapitalGeneralEarly GrowthLowSUNY System108 (D)44 (R)
FA Technology VenturesAlbanyVenture CapitalTechnologyEarly GrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
SUNY Technology Accelerator FundAlbanyVenture CapitalTechnologyEarly GrowthLowSUNY System108 (D)44 (R)
Innovation Technology Commercialization FundAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralEarly GrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Participating investment entities include Accelerate NY Seed Fund, CenterState Growth Innovation TC Fund, Z80 Labs Innovation TC Fund, and Excell Partners Innovation TC Fund. New York Ventures affiliated. This fund is closed and the new fund is New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund.
Empire State Development (NYSESD)AlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
Empire State Economic Development FundAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)AlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Focus on clean energy
Innovate NY FundAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Invest Buffalo Niagara affiliated, New York Ventures affiliated
Foundation for Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)AlbanyNYS AgencyTechnologyGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
Tech Valley Angel Network (TVAN)AlbanyAngel GroupTechnologyEarly GrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
Pine Street Capital PartnersAlbanyVenture CapitalGeneralGrowthModerateInvestor in "Scotia Technology"108 (D)44 (R)
New York VenturesAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthModerateInvestor in Ursa Space Systems108 (D)44 (R)New York State sponsored venture, manages 3 fully deployed legacy funds including 9 partner funds
Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI)AlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthModerateProjects include growing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry in Central NY$1.5 billion108 (D)44 (R)Awarded to Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier
Advantage CapitalGlens FallsVenture CapitalGeneralGrowthModerateInvestor in "ACT Aerospace"$3.6 billion108 (D)44 (R)
The Collaboration Venture FundAlbanyVenture CapitalTechnologyEarly GrowthLowSUNY Albany109 (D)44 (R)
Eastern New York AngelsAlbanyAngel GroupGeneralGrowthLow109 (D)44 (R)

Business Services -- 20 resources

OrganizationLocationTypeBusiness FocusBusiness StageSpace Focus LevelSpace InvolvementUniversitySocial MediaADSDNotes
UAlbany Innovation CenterAlbanyStartup IncubatorGeneralEarly GrowthLow107 (R)43 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
Freirich Entrepreneurship CompetitionSaratoga SpringsStartup AcceleratorGeneralEarly GrowthLowSkidmore College113 (D)43 (R)
SPARK SaratogaSaratoga SpringsStartup AcceleratorGeneralEarly GrowthLow113 (D)43 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
Saratoga Prosperity PartnershipSaratoga SpringsEconomic DevelopmentGeneralGrowthModerateStrong connections to semiconductors and manufacturing113 (D)43 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
New York State Empire State Development CorporationAlbanyEconomic DevelopmentGeneralGrowthHighHas the Defense Industry Assistance initiativeTwitter   108 (D)44 (R)Includes NYSTAR Programs and Initiatives such as Defense Industry Assistance. Has separate venture fund "Empire State Development Small Business Technology Investment Fund".
Excelsior JobsAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)
SUNY InsureAlbanyNYS AgencyGeneralGrowthLowSUNY System108 (D)44 (R)
SUNY Startup Summer SchoolAlbanyNYS AgencyTechnologyFoundationLowSUNY System108 (D)44 (R)
SUNY TURBOAlbanyNYS AgencyTechnologyFoundationLowSUNY System108 (D)44 (R)
S.T.E.A.M. GardenAlbanyStartup IncubatorGeneralEarly GrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
IgniteU NYTroyStartup AcceleratorGeneralEarly GrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
Tech Valley Center of GravityTroyStartup CommunityManufacturingFoundationLow108 (D)44 (R)New York State certified Business Incubator
McNulty CenterWatervlietStartup CommunityGeneralGrowthLow108 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
AccentureAlbanyConsulting FirmGeneralGrowthModerateHave specific industry support for Aerospace and Defense108 (D)44 (R)
BEYourStartAlbanyStartup IncubatorTechnologyEarly GrowthHighLaunching a Space Contest for space industry entrepreneurs109 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
New York Small Business Development CenterAlbanyEconomic DevelopmentGeneralEarly GrowthLowSUNY System109 (D)44 (R)Network of 22 campus-based centers and outreach offices across NY State
Innovate 518AlbanyStartup CommunityTechnologyFoundationModerateHosted "United Airtek"University at Albany109 (D)44 (R)New York State certified Business Incubator
Center for Economic GrowthAlbanyFinancial ServicesTechnologyGrowthModerateStrong connections to manufacturing110 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
Capital Region Chamber and Entrepreneurship Boot CampAlbanyStartup IncubatorGeneralFoundationModerateAerospace and Aviation member companies110 (D)44 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated
New York Biz LabSchenectadyStartup AcceleratorGeneralGrowthLow111 (D)49 (R)Innovate 518 affiliated

Civic Sector -- 5 resources

OrganizationLocationStatusMembersADSDPartnersNotes
AIAA Northeastern NYTroyActiveunknown108 (D)43 (R)Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteActive Design, Build, Fly competition.
Albany Schenectady Troy Rocket Enthusiasts (ASTRE)GreenwichActiveunknown113 (D)43 (R)Active amateur rocketry organization for the entire Capital Region with launches from the Washington County Fairgrounds.
SUNY Research Foundation (RF)AlbanyActiveunknown108 (D)44 (R)Largest comprehensive academic research foundation in the country, supporting SUNY faculty in their teaching & research endeavors.
Edison Tech CenterSchenectadyActiveunknown111 (D)44 (R)Harnesses the engineering legacy of Schenectady into an engaging interactive engineering experience.
Albany Area Amateur Astronomers Inc.DelansonActive150111 (D)46 (D)Dudley ObservatoryEducational programs and monthly star parties.

Colleges & Universities -- 34 resources

InstitutionLocationCodeResourcesSocial MediaMembersADSDComments
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramAir & Space Studiesunknown108 (D)43 (R)For those intending to serve a career in the Air Force.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramAeronautical EngineeringTwitter   unknown108 (D)43 (R)
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramMechanical EngineeringTwitter   unknown108 (D)43 (R)Rigorous program focused on addressing global problems.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramNuclear EngineeringTwitter   unknown108 (D)43 (R)One of the nations oldest nuclear research programs, including access to the Gaerttner Linear Accelerator.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramApplied PhysicsFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Specialization options make this program popular for students seeking employment upon graduation.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramPhysicsFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Popular program for those intending to pursue graduate work upon graduation.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramAstronomy (MS)Facebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Extensive work with global telescopes as well as the Hirsch Observatory on campus.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyDegree ProgramPhysics (MS)Facebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupRPI Spaceflight Societyunknown108 (D)43 (R)Promotes the exploration & development of space.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupRensselaer Astrophysical Society7108 (D)43 (R)Connected to the Hirsch Observatory.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupACM-WFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Supports women in technology & computing.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupSociety of Physics StudentsFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Focused on outreach and events.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupWomen in NuclearFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Focuses on promoting women in the nuclear industry.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupRensselaer Rocket SocietyFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Status uncertain.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupAmerican Nuclear SocietyFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)Focus on professional development & promoting all things nuclear.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyStudent GroupDesign, Build, Flyunknown108 (D)43 (R)History of top ranked performances.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyCivic InstitutionHirsch ObservatoryFacebookunknown108 (D)43 (R)
Siena CollegeLoudonvilleDegree ProgramPhysics & AstronomyTwitter   unknown110 (D)43 (R)Wide range of available specialties, as well as access to the Breyo Observatory.
Siena CollegeLoudonvilleStudent GroupPhysics & Astronomy ClubTwitter   unknown110 (D)43 (R)Department has a social media presence, event list has not been updated recently.
Siena CollegeLoudonvilleStudent GroupSchool of Scienceunknown110 (D)43 (R)Collaboration focused on science, inc;uding funding from the NSF and Nasa.
Siena CollegeLoudonvilleCivic InstitutionBreyo ObservatoryFacebookunknown110 (D)43 (R)New facility, opened in 2018.
Union CollegeSchenectadyDegree ProgramAstronomyFacebookunknown110 (D)44 (R)Intimate class sizes with access to research labs and an on campus Observatory.
Union CollegeSchenectadyDegree ProgramPhysicsFacebookunknown110 (D)44 (R)
Union CollegeSchenectadyDegree ProgramMechanical Engineeringunknown110 (D)44 (R)Focus on small class sizes and design & build projects.
Union CollegeSchenectadyStudent GroupRobotics Clubunknown110 (D)44 (R)Engaging students who want to build, work, and play with robots.
Union CollegeSchenectadyStudent GroupSAE AEROunknown110 (D)44 (R)Active design team in SAE aeronautics competitions.
Union CollegeSchenectadyStudent GroupSociety of Physics Studentsunknown110 (D)44 (R)Provides access to subscriptions, professional services, and scholarships to undergraduate Physics students.
Union CollegeSchenectadyStudent GroupRocket Clubunknown110 (D)44 (R)Provides a platform for students interested in exploring their passion for rocketry.
Union CollegeSchenectadyCivic InstitutionUnion College Observatoryunknown110 (D)44 (R)Utilized extensively for student research while also conducting community open houses.
Skidmore CollegeSaratoga SpringsDegree ProgramPhysicsunknown113 (D)44 (R)
Skidmore CollegeSaratoga SpringsStudent GroupSociety of Physics Studentsunknown113 (D)44 (R)Focuses on supporting and mentoring physics students.
SUNY AlbanyAlbanyDegree ProgramPhysicsunknown109 (D)46 (D)
SUNY AlbanyAlbanyStudent GroupSociety of Physics StudentsFacebookunknown109 (D)46 (D)Focused on community physics outreach via student created experiments.
SUNY AlbanyAlbanyStudent GroupScientistaFacebook32109 (D)46 (D)Works to support women in STEM, especially in training stages.

K-12 Schools -- 2 resources


NYers In Space -- 1 resource

AstronautBirthplaceMissionsTime In SpaceNotes
Nicole StottAlbanySTS 128, 133103 days, 5 hours, and 49 minutesSent 1st live tweet from space.

Planetariums & Observatories -- 8 resources

OrganizationLocationTelescopejobsADSDPartnersNotes
Breyo ObservatoryLoudonville27.50"1108 (D)43 (R)Siena CollegeNew facility, opened in 2018.
Hirsch ObservatoryTroyN/Aunknown108 (D)43 (R)RPIOperational since 1942.
SUNY Poly CMOSTTroyN/Aunknown108 (D)43 (R)SUNY PolyDynamic, hands on space-themed exhibit for kids.
Dudley ObservatorySchenectadyN/A2111 (D)43 (R)Siena CollegeOldest non-academic astronomical organization in America, no longer an operating observatory.
Union College ObservatorySchenectady20.00"unknown110 (D)44 (R)Union CollegeUtilized extensively for student research while also conducting communtiy open houses.
Museum of Innovation & ScienceSchenectadyN/A11111 (D)44 (R)MiSciVarious space and STEM programs available for youth of all ages.
Suits-Bueche PlanetariumSchenectadyN/A5111 (D)44 (R)MiSciMultiple space related learning programs, including virtual options.
Empire State Aerospace MuseumSchenectadyN/Aunknown112 (R)46 (D)Empire State Aerospace MuseumA unique New York aerospace museum experience.

Space Companies -- 14 resources

OrganizationCategorySpecializationRevenueEmploymentSocialLocationCommentsADSD
Applied Ion Systems Core Space Launch, Rocketry, & Propulsion $50 thousand
(Global)
1 Twitter    Troy Innovative space propulsion startup focused on low cost modular ion engine systems. 108 (D) 43 (R)
Solid Sealing Technologies Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing $3 million
(Global)
35 Watervilet Provides vacuum feedthroughs and hermetic connectors for the space and defense industries, including NASA's Insight mission to Mars. 108 (D) 43 (R)
United Aircraft Technologies Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing $5.04 million
(Global)
8 Troy Veteran owned avionics manufacturer with a focus on clamping technology. 108 (D) 43 (R)
General Dynamics Core Space Satellite Software Rensselaer 50+ years of experience providing cutting edge digital and technical expertise to Air and Space Force programs. 143 (D) 43 (R)
Innovative Test Solutions (ITS) Core Space Aerospace Manufacturing 12 Schenectady Offers wide variety of destructive and non-destructive aerospace testing capabilities. 110 (D) 44 (R)
Quest Global Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing $600 million
(Global)
51 Schenectady Quest offers a ride range of manufacturing, digital, and software services to aerospace and defense clients. 111 (D) 44 (R)
Specialty Silicone Products Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing $17.5 million
(Global)
35 Ballston Spa Produces a wide range of silicone-based products for aerospace and defense applications. 112 (R) 44 (R)
Lockheed Martin Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing $5 million
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$10 million

(Site Specific)
20 - 49 Ballston Spa 113 (D) 44 (R)
Adirondack Video Astronomy Core Space Space Art $50 thousand
(Global)
1 Hudson Falls 113 (D) 45 (R)
Honeywell Aerospace Aerospace Manufacturing 80 Twitter    Troy This location specializes in aircraft engines and engine parts. 109 (D) 46 (D)
Lux Semiconductors Space & Defense Aerospace Manufacturing 6 Albany Semiconductor manufacturers who have received awards from the Space Force and other defense and aerospace partners. 109 (D) 46 (D)
Breton Industries Space & Defense Defense Manufacturing $20.3 million
(Local)
99 Amsterdam Military contractor that specializes in developing blast curtains. Customers include NASA's Exploration Ground Systems program. 111 (D) 46 (D)
Applied Visions Aerospace Space Software Twitter    Clifton Park Development office that supports the work of their downstate headquarters. 112 (R) 46 (D)
KAPL INC (Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory) Space & Defense Nuclear Engineering $36.7 million
(Global)
60 Ballston Spa Conducts research and development of nuclear naval power systems. 112 (R) 52 (D)

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