York Space Systems is to open what it’s calling a “mega” manufacturing facility in Denver, Colorado to build more satellites amid increasing demand.
The Denver-based aerospace company will open a new facility in the city in order to expand the company's current production capacity by four times.
The new three-story facility will be the company's third building and will support the manufacture of both the S-CLASS and LX-CLASS smallsat platforms.
“Our next-generation mega-center ensures our ability to deliver our proven solutions at a rate and scale that is unprecedented in the space industry," said Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York. "We haven't stopped listening closely to our government and commercial customers. What's important to them - speed and affordability - remain our foundational values. Our culture of innovation and scale allows us to further accelerate our aggressive growth of our products and services while ensuring our supply chain capabilities as we move forward.”
York opened a new manufacturing facility in Denver in May 2020 which is now at full operational capacity. Currently, the company is able to manufacture up to 20 spacecraft simultaneously in its existing production center. The new facility will reportedly enable mission launches as fast as 30 days after contract award.
The first floor of the new facility will operate as a system integration bay, the second floor will feature component subsystem manufacturing, and the top floor will be dedicated to ‘engineering excellence’. The company said the facility will also include classified design and integration features.
“The space economy is continuing its march towards a commercial marketplace and becoming more competitive than ever on the global stage,” said Charles Beames, executive chairman of York. “Our capital investments here in Denver are made to meet the strong demand we see worldwide. York is now positioned to supply our customers and the larger market with commercially competitive, high-value solutions at laser speed.”