Boeing unveils new satellite production facility
The Digitally Defined Small Satellite Factory integrates model-based systems engineering, digital design engineering, and design for manufacturability into a modular footprint equipped to build small satellites for varying levels of security.
Boeing on Monday unveiled a new high-throughput small satellite production, integration and test facility designed for efficiency and fast delivery times.
Located in the world’s largest satellite factory, the 1 million square foot Boeing factory (92,903 square meters) Installation of El Segundo, the small satellite production line will be supplied by Millennium Space Systems, a subsidiary of Boeing.
Companies are applying advanced and additive manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing of complete space-qualified satellite buses, to deliver faster cycle times while improving performance.
The Millennium team will staff the small satellite factory, bringing the subsidiary’s proven processes and infrastructure, in addition to environmental testing capabilities suitable for small satellites. Boeing will also provide access to environmental and specialty testing capabilities that have qualified some of the most iconic spacecraft, including the first vehicle to perform a fully controlled soft landing on the moon and more than 300 satellites.
Designed to build small satellites for different levels of security on the same assembly line, the Digitally Defined Small Satellite Factory integrates model-based systems engineering, digital design engineering, and design for manufacturability.
Initial operational capability took place in September 2021, and full operational capability of the small satellite factory is expected in late 2022.
Founded in 2001, Millennium Space Systems provides constellation prototypes and solutions for advanced national security and environmental observation missions.