General Atomics Sets Up Satellite Factory in Colorado

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General Atomics Sets Up Satellite Factory in Colorado

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has opened a new spacecraft development, integration and test factory in Centennial, Colorado.

The 33,514 square foot facility triples GA-EMS’ capacity for satellite production, integration and testing for single to constellation-sized orders, and also houses an expanded mission operations center to support on-orbit satellite and customer payload commissioning and operations, the company said in a statement Thursday.

In particular, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) class satellites, such as GA-EMS’ Orbital Test Bed satellite launched in 2019, are large enough to viably perform a variety of missions including weather and environmental monitoring, and lunar and planetary exploration, while small enough to be developed swiftly and affordably in large quantities.

“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.

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