York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and manufacturer of standardized spacecraft platforms, opened its new production facility in Denver, Colorado.
According to company officials, with the new space York is tripling the footprint of its existing production facility to expedite the mass manufacturing of the company's spacecraft platform and will now have the capability to manufacture 20 spacecraft simultaneously. By 2021, this expanded manufacturing capacity will enable York to further reduce satellite delivery timelines, going from one year to less than two months after the contract is awarded.
York said its unique, state of the art, manufacturing approach enables the simultaneous production of spacecraft and immediately increases throughput by more than 80 percent. By early 2021, York's new facility will be capable of manufacturing and testing up to 20 spacecraft per week, to meet commercial and government customer demand.
"The York team is experiencing increasingly high demand for our S-class satellites, and we are growing our production capacity to ensure we meet that demand with further room for expansion if needed," said Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York Space Systems. "This new production facility allows us to maintain the superior quality and reliability we're known for while delivering end to end space solutions in months from contract award to our commercial and government customers."
Reductions in manufacturing costs will be directly passed down to York's customers, company officials noted, enabling the rapid production and launching of constellations.
"Our new, best in class production facility marks a major step forward for the York team, allowing us to deliver even lower cost customized constellations for the next generation of companies in the space economy. The operational resilience gained with this first block of upgrades will prove valuable in future crises where failure of any kind is just not an option," said Charles Beames, executive chairman of York Space Systems.
"The executive team at York has a proud history working on national security programs, and we know how important resilience becomes when critical national infrastructure, like space systems manufacturing and operations are threatened. This facility will serve both commercial and national security sectors to not only assure, but also streamline access to space," he added.