Satellite solutions provider Earth Orbital, in partnership with Florida Space, Florida’s aerospace and space ports development authority, has announced the planned development of the world’s largest and most advanced Industry 4.0 spacecraft manufacturing facility. The facility will be built at the Launch and Landing Facility (LLF) in Merritt Island, Fla., And will consist of 10 automated and augmented hangars capable of producing thousands of different types of spacecraft per year.
The 660,000 feet2 The facility will feature a campus-based artificial intelligence (AI) controlled supply chain, enabling Terran Orbital to maintain its renowned reputation for mission assurance and customer satisfaction. The facility will also be equipped with 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies to enable rapid delivery of space vehicles to market, as well as the highest quality and technologically advanced production and manufacturing capabilities of printed circuit assemblies. advanced with large electronic storage vaults. Additionally, the facility will utilize augmented and assisted labor product lines to produce a wide range of complex electronic and mechanical devices.
“I am delighted to announce that Terran Orbital will invest $ 300 million in the Space coast to build the world’s largest satellite manufacturing plant, ”Governor Ron DeSantis said. “Satellite manufacturing is and will continue to be an important part of the Space Coast economy, and with this announcement, we are stepping up the stakes. In Florida, we will continue to lead the space by investing in infrastructure, training highly skilled workers and maintaining an economic climate that allows companies like Terran Orbital to thrive. “
“We are delighted to partner with Space Florida to build a facility that we see as a national asset: a commercially funded contribution to our country’s industrial space base. Said Marc Bell, co-founder and CEO of Terran Orbital. “Not only will we be able to expand our production capabilities to meet growing demand for our products, but we will also bring valuable space vehicle manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida, investing more than $ 300 million in new construction and equipment. by the end of 2025, we will create approximately 2,100 new jobs with an average salary of $ 84,000. “
“Space Florida congratulates Terran Orbital on its selection of Florida and our launch and landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for a new satellite manufacturing complex,” said Frank DiBello, President and CEO by Space Florida. “This announcement is another milestone in Florida’s leadership in the space business, delivering cutting-edge development, including on-demand launch and satellite-on-demand capabilities at the spaceport.”
Terran Orbital combines the design, production, launch planning, mission operations and in-orbit support of satellites to meet the needs of demanding military, civilian and commercial customers. Additionally, Terran Orbital is developing an advanced Earth Observation constellation to provide vital image responsiveness capabilities.