Space Micro Inc. has recently invested in facility and capital equipment to expand their manufacturing capacity for space subsystems — increased demand in government and commercial satellite constellation markets has resulted in increased business for the company.
Last month, Space Micro finalized construction of expanded testing and qualification areas of their 43,000-square-foot headquarters in San Diego. With the recent delivery of an 8-foot-long by 5-foot-diameter thermal vacuum (TVAC) test system, the qualification testing capacity more than triples over Space Micro’s two existing TVAC units.
TVAC units are used to simulate the vacuum and temperature conditions of space to qualify the company’s highly reliable product line of radios, cameras, computers, image processors, star trackers and more. Space Micro products have gained over 2.6 million hours of failure-free space flight heritage.
Space Micro has also procured, installed and is running a new and expanded MRP system that streamlines their manufacturing planning and efficiency.
“We’ve acted with substantial additions to our capital equipment and facility which dramatically enhance our ability to support space programs with higher volumes,” said Space Micro Executive Chairman, David Strobel. “The trend in our market is to have many smaller satellites, most often in LEO constellations, instead of one large exquisite and expensive spacecraft. Both DoD and commercial space companies are planning and building satellite constellations, so the opportunity for us at Space Micro is to sell, manufacture and test not just one flight model, but upwards of 40 to 1,200 subsystem units for a program.”
“Space Micro is committed to providing affordable, high-quality, complex space and missile electronics products, so it is vital to our customers’ future success that we make intelligent capital investments. Our management team is constantly evaluating the level of investment required to meet our customers’ availability and reliability requirements,” said Space Micro CEO, David R. Czajkowski.