By Brian Whitehead | | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 9, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: March 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

Mike Gallo, president and CEO of Kelly Space & Technology in San Bernardino, has withdrawn from the 2018 mayoral race to focus on making space access easier and more affordable for the growing small satellite industry, he announced Friday, March 9.

Kelly Space, which Gallo co-founded in 1993, and NASA have entered into a license agreement to commercially develop patented reusable space launch technologies. The resulting space launch system is expected to facilitate the viable commercialization of space, Gallo said.

Production of these reusable technologies could take up to three years.

“When we get to the point where we have lowered the cost of space access significantly, we’re going to see wholescale new uses for space that we’ve only done research on,” Gallo said. “These technologies are incredible … and they’re right here in San Bernardino.”

As a result of this new endeavor, Gallo is taking on new responsibilities with Fenix Space Inc., a subsidiary company formed for the project. He will serve as managing director and chief technology officer – roles he said would interfere with his ability to run a city.

With Fenix Space, Gallo hopes to expand business interests in San Bernardino and provide opportunities for residents to pursue careers in advanced technology development. He said the company will have about 50 corporate employees and hundreds more in engineering and technical support.

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