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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.

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.

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Twyman Clements

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.

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Kris Kimel

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.

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