Research and manufacturing in the microgravity environment – from design to implementation.

We build research and manufacturing systems into compact smart containers, called CubeLabs. Installed in our hubs on the International Space Station, CubeLabs run autonomously and provide near real-time data and monitoring capabilities. The microgravity environment is a new frontier for discovery and innovation. By exploring it with industries of all kinds, we can improve life on Earth.

Our Story

Beginning in the labs of Kentucky Space, Twyman Clements, a graduate student at the time, partnered with the then Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation CEO Kris Kimel, to understand and simplify the complexities of ISS-based research to become leaders in a new frontier.

Founded in 2014 by Clements and Kimel as a commercial spinoff of Kentucky Space and based in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky; Space Tango facilitates research and manufacturing in the microgravity environment from design to implementation expanding opportunities for biomedical and technology applications.

Our focus is not necessarily the six people in orbit, but the 7 billion people on Earth.

-Clements

At Space Tango, we streamline the process of designing, integrating and operating experiments in microgravity to develop new products that improve life on Earth. Coupled with our expertise in technology and scientific consulting, we allow our customers to truly focus on their science. Catering to a diverse client base consisting of fortune 500 companies, leading academic universities, research foundations and educational partners , Space Tango has consistently excelled in a providing efficient and cost-effective product development cycles and rapid delivery of configurable systems.

The microgravity environment is a new frontier for discovery and innovation. Space Tango envisions a future where the next important breakthroughs in healthcare and technology will occur off the planet creating a new global market 250 miles up in low Earth Orbit. We are developing an entire pipeline of products to increase the variety, volume, and accessibility of microgravity. By exploring it with industries of all kinds, we can improve life on Earth and inspire the next generation to continue to expand the horizon of this new frontier.

Our Team

Twyman Clements
Co-Founder and CEO
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Twyman Clements is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Space Tango. Twyman leads a multidisciplinary team to deliver automated products that operate in the microgravity environment of low Earth orbit (LEO).

Twyman is frequently recognized for Space Tango's innovative contributions to developing a new market infrastructure in LEO. He was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and is a 2018 recipient of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Under Twyman's leadership, Space Tango is maturing these research and hardware capabilities for sustainable manufacturing in space where microgravity is an asset to both the production process and their partners. Space Tango continues to excel in providing efficient and cost-effective product development cycles and rapid delivery of configurable systems to partners like Fortune 500 companies, startups, research foundations, and academic institutions.

Prior to Space Tango, Twyman served as a senior space system engineer at Kentucky Space where he developed high altitude balloons, CubeSats and other ISS hardware. Twyman received a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Kentucky in mechanical engineering where he first began developing the original product architecture for Space Tango.

Kris Kimel
Co-Founder and Chairman
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Kris Kimel is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Space Tango. He is also the former President of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), an independent non-profit company-focused initiative in science, technology, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.

Kris also founded Idea Festival – an international event centering on innovation, discovery and creative thinking across different disciplines including science, the humanities, design, and more. Originally from Miami, Florida; Kris holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and was the 1974 recipient of the University of Kentucky's Sullivan Medallion.

Jeffrey Markowitz
Director, Business Operations
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Jeffrey Markowitz is the Director of Business Operations at Space Tango. Jeffrey has overall responsibility for all major operational functional areas, including general business, financial, legal, and regulatory activities, contract negotiations, and human resources. In addition, Jeffrey leads all compliance-related initiatives for Space Tango, establishing standards and implementing policies and procedures in support of the compliance programs established by the organization.

Jeffrey Markowitz is an experienced senior executive with over 25 years of expertise in operations, strategy, and finance across industry sectors, including technology, healthcare tech, real estate, and financial services. Prior to joining Space Tango, Jeffrey served as CEO of Thynk Health, a healthcare software solution that leverages AI technologies to automate manual processes for lung cancer screening, and COO of MakeTime, Inc., the nation’s largest on-demand manufacturing platform.

Jana Stoudemire
Commercial Innovation Officer
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Jana Stoudemire is the Commercial Innovation Officer at Space Tango. Jana leads the development of commercial market creation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for biomedical and technology research and manufacturing applications. She transitioned from pharma to lead life science research in microgravity initially as part of the team managing the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS-NL) and then joined Space Tango to focus on building an emerging market on-orbit representing new sectors of the Space economy.

Jana is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Biological and Physical Science in Space, Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society member, a WOMEN In Advanced Therapies (WIAT) leadership mentor and previous New Organ Alliance Oversight Committee Member along with co-chair of the Microgravity Enabling Technology Committee.

Cindy Martin-Brennan
Director, Strategic Engagement and External Affairs
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Cindy Martin-Brennan is the Director, Strategic Engagement and External Affairs. Cindy leads stakeholder engagement and strategic communications, including the provision of high-quality and responsive information for Space Tango partners. She develops and implements collaborative stakeholder engagement plans from strategic, tactical, and operational perspectives. Cindy also advises on the alignment of programs and initiatives to ensure the execution of the Space Tango vision.

Cindy is a leader in the aerospace industry with 35-years of experience focused on promoting U.S. leadership in space by facilitating potential innovation driven by space-based research and development. Prior to Space Tango, she directed stakeholder management for the International Space Station National Laboratory, and during part of this time, she simultaneously served as the executive director of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, a non-profit composed of science professionals dedicated to fostering space-based research. Cindy is accomplished as a thought connector. She excels at connecting people's goals and ideas from the public and private sector into actionable strategies.

Gentry Barnett
TangoLab Program Manager
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Gentry Barnett is the TangoLab Program Manager at Space Tango. In this role, Gentry manages the design and development of custom research payloads for the Space Tango’s facilities aboard the International Space Station.

Prior to her current appointment, Gentry designed injury prevention and rehabilitation devices for the sports medicine and spinal cord injury populations. Gentry earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Bill McLamb
Biologics Payload Manager, Program Scientist
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Bill McLamb is the TangoLab Program Scientist as well as a Payload Manager for biological payloads. Bill oversees payload coordination across engineering, mission logistics and acts as an external customer interface, and provides day-to-day management and strategic input on overall program direction.

Bill brings years of previous experience in project management, payload integration, and ground processing of life science payloads flown on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station and he was previously an Operations Project Manager with the ISS National Laboratory. Bill’s role with Space Tango has him located in the Space Tango office near Kennedy Space Center, FL.

Danielle Rosales
Marketing and Sales Associate
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Danielle Rosales is the Marketing and Sales Associate at Space Tango. Danielle is responsible for branding, advertising, and promotional collateral while launching robust initiatives in public and media relations. In addition, Danielle uses her experience in graphic design to develop eye-catching digital and print content that illustrates the company’s milestones in the microgravity frontier.

While completing her Bachelor of Science in Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Danielle published articles with Air & Space Magazine highlighting the valuable role academic research has in advancing space discovery and exploration efforts. Danielle now aims to use her storytelling experience to fuel a dialogue on space commercialization and the impact microgravity research can have on Earth.

Stacey Dries
Flight and Ground Operations Manager
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Stacey Dries is the Flight and Ground Operations Manager at Space Tango. Stacey provides support to the both program and engineering teams at Space Tango in relation to all integration work with NASA. She is the main integrator with NASA's ISS teams supporting all required systems engineering inputs and reviews for launching, operating and returning science from ISS.

Stacey delivers inputs to and leads meetings with the Safety, Visiting Vehicle, Operations, Engineering and Launch/Return Integration teams at NASA to gain endorsement for Space Tango flight hardware on each mission Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. Her role has her located at the Space Tango offices near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Nikki Leonard
TangoLab Payload Manager
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Nikki Leonard is a TangoLab Payload Manager. She works cross-departmentally to ensure that collaborative payloads stay on track for the highest achievable confidence at the time of flight.

After 12 years in the creative and digital marketing field, Nikki brings a diverse skill set of business operations, technical project management, and growth marketing. She is continually energized by scientists' and engineers' work on the Space Tango team. Passionate about data science application, Nikki hopes to impact the way in which we receive and analyze information in the developing LEO commercial market sector.

Paul Kuehl
Mechanical and Space Manufacturing Engineer
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Paul Kuehl is the Mechanical and Space Manufacturing Engineer at Space Tango. Paul is responsible for the mechanical design of Space Tango's hardware ensuring that Space Tango's platforms and each custom payload meets the stringent requirements of space-grade hardware.

With previous experience in the manufacturing and automotive industries, Paul is also researching and developing platforms for manufacturing in space. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Taylor University and worked in product development and production engineering before joining Space Tango.

Mandy Cady
Director, Space Station Services
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Mandy Cady is the Director of Space Station Services for Space Tango. Her key responsibilities include project management for a conditioned stowage product line, assisting in building Space Tango’s presence within the NASA community, and expanding the Space Station Services business vertical. She also supports the Flight and Ground Operations Manager with daily integration efforts for each mission.

Mandy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and has over 10 years of experience in ISS Payload Integration. Mandy's role has her located at the Space Tango offices near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Isabel Moore
CubeLab Engineer - Electrical Systems
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Isabel Moore is a CubeLab Engineer for Electrical Systems at Space Tango. She is responsible for the design and validation of electrical and computing components within CubeLabs.

Isabel earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Drew Diddle
CubeLab Engineer - Biological Systems
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Drew Diddle is a CubeLab Engineer for Biological Systems at Space Tango. In this role Drew coordinates, the design and implementation of biological procedures, experiments, and systems for life science payloads. He is also the biology lab supervisor at headquarters in Lexington, KY.

Drew obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology—Cellular Physiology from the University of Louisville and a Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering from Morehead State University.

Daniel Ringle
CubeLab Engineer - Fluid and Thermal Systems
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Daniel Ringle is the CubeLab Engineer for Fluid and Thermal Systems. In this role, Daniel builds numerical models to aid in the design and optimization of fluid and thermal systems to be used in research payloads

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University. Daniel conducted graduate research on the numerical modeling of microgravity evaporation.

Mary-Jane Hendrickson
Business Operations Administrator
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Mary Jane Hendrickson is the Business Operations Administrator at Space Tango. She takes care of the everyday functions at headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. Her responsibilities include bookkeeping, Human Resources, and purchasing to name a few.

Mary Jane comes from a creative background, working previously in the office of a florist and before that as a pastry chef, and finds the science and engineering aspects of Space Tango endlessly fascinating.

Interns

Benjamin Lumpp
B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Purdue University
Malik Moville
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Trevor Nienaber
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Kentucky
Logan Nofsinger
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Phillip Gerhardstein
B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Colorado
Sierra Wyllie
B.S. Engineering Science
University of Toronto
Roni Midyat
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Brown University