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General Atomics Opens New Colorado Facility

By | April 13, 2020
The Orbital Test Bed satellite will be placed into space after launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Photo: General Atomics

General Atomics Orbital Test Bed satellite was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy in 2019. Photo: General Atomics

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has opened a new spacecraft development, integration and test factory outside of Denver, the company announced April 9.

The new, 33,000-square- foot facility in Centennial, Colorado, triples the company’s capacity for satellite production, integration, and testing for single to constellation-sized orders.

“Colorado is home to the nation’s second largest space economy, and we are excited to continue to expand our development, production and mission capabilities in the region to meet the growing needs of the military, intelligence community, civil and commercial satellite communities,” President Scott Forney said. “With this new, contemporary facility, we can readily produce the quantities needed to meet the critical demand for small satellites in the rapidly growing space industry.”

The new Centennial factory also includes an expanded mission operations center to support on-orbit satellite and customer payload commissioning and operations.

“This facility provides the ability to enhance our portfolio of cost-efficient, flexible small satellite platforms, payloads, and integrated systems,” said Nick Bucci, vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems.

This article originally appeared in our sister publication Defense Daily.