Blue Canyon opens new small satellite manufacturing plant in Colorado – SatNews

Manufacturer of small satellites and provider of mission services Blue Canyon Technologies LLC (“BCT” or “Blue Canyon”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologiescelebrated the grand opening of the company’s new cubesat factory in Boulder, Colorado with members of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce at an inauguration ceremony.

The expanded 31,000 square foot facility consolidates manufacturing efforts with dedicated cubesat employees to build large spacecraft constellations and scale production from 50 to 85 cubesats, optimized for payload size, weight and power (Swap), a year. Currently, the company has 38 cubesats in various stages of design, assembly and testing.

Recently, three Blue Canyon cubesat buses were launched on board pristine orbit. One of the satellites had the distinction of being the first Cubesat Blue Canyon 12U carry 19 payloads to LEO. The company looks forward to delivering the company’s largest constellation delivery with 18 integrated cubesats for a commercial customer and multiple NASA launches, including uncrewed Artemis 1 moon rocket scheduled for August 29 and Starling end of 2022.

Since 2020, Raytheon Technologies has invested over $1 billion in small satellites, space hardware, constellation management and on-board processing – technologies that will help define the future of space. This new cubesat factory is just one example of scaling up production and delivering solutions faster.

Our cubesats are truly a breakthrough product in small satellites and offer industry-leading pointing accuracy,” said John Carvo, executive director of cubesats at Blue Canyon Technologies. “This new manufacturing facility allows us to produce on a larger scale, provide innovative solutions and deliver the highest performance satellites to meet our customers’ needs..”

Left to right: Scott Firle, director of member relations at Boulder Chamber; Scott Sternberg, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council and associate vice president of Economic Vitality; Chris Hansen, CFO of Blue Canyon; Blue Canyon COO Steve Schneider; John Carvo, Executive Director of Blue Canyon of CubeSats; Jeff Watts, CEO of Blue Canyon; Karen McConnell, Blue Canyon’s executive director of engineering; and John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber.

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, comprises four business units: cubesats, microsats, components and mission operations. BCT offers a diverse portfolio of innovative, reliable and affordable spacecraft and components that enable a wide range of missions and technological advancements for the new space economy. The company currently supports many unique missions with more than 100 cumulative spacecraft orders. Microsatellites are manufactured in the 80,000 square foot Lafayette facility and cubesats and components are manufactured in dedicated 60,000 square foot facilities in Boulder, Colorado. BCT supported missions for the US Air Force, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and provided the attitude control systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats, which successfully traveled to Mars. The company has been honored with Inc. magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies awards, the Best in Biz award, and the 2020 Tibbetts Award.

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