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York Space Systems, a Denver-based aerospace company specializing in complete space mission solutions and the manufacture of a family of spacecraft platforms, announced that it will be opening a new, mega manufacturing facility in Denver to meet the growing demand from government and commercial customers for the company's flight proven spacecraft products and numerous critical subsystem technologies in the supply chain.
York's Manufacturing Technology Center will be the hub of the company's next phase to expand the company's current production capacity by four times. York currently manufactures up to 20 spacecraft simultaneously in its existing production center. The new mega-facility will further accelerate York's speed to space for commercial and government customers, enabling mission launches as fast as 30 days after contract award.
"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 Space Systems has achieved full operational capacity of its first production facility, which was originally announced in May, 2020. The new three-story mega-facility will be the company's third building and will support the manufacture of both the S-CLASS and LX-CLASS spacecraft platforms, providing mission capabilities including ISR, remote proximity operations, weather, global communications, and commercial earth observation.
The entire first floor 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 facility will also include classified design and integration features enabling York to continue expanding classified capabilities as a mission-level provider of solutions.
"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. "Meanwhile the military's tactical ISR needs will increasingly be met with low-cost satellites to ensure the same global reach without violating sovereign airspace. 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."
The news of the new mega-facility is the second major announcement from York this quarter. The company shared just last month that it has begun production of a new, larger spacecraft platform, the LX-CLASS.