Lockheed Martin’s $350M Satellite Production Facility to Employ 3D Printing, VR and Smart Tech

Published by , August 4, 2017 1:02 pm

(Engineering.com) Lockheed Martin has begun preliminary construction for a new USD$350 million facility that will produce next-generation satellites, as well as house launch and test operations. The new 266,000 sq. ft. Gateway Center will include a high bay clean room capable of building satellites of various sizes simultaneously. The Gateway Center, located on the company’s Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, Colorado, will also employ 3D printing, virtual reality design and smart payload technologies.
“We’ll be able to build satellites that communicate with front-line troops, explore other planets, and support unique missions,” said Rick Ambrose, executive VP of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “You could fit the Space Shuttle in the high bay with room to spare. That kind of size and versatility means we’ll be able to maximize economies of scale and with all of our test chambers under one roof, we can streamline and speed production.”

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