Boeing unveils new satellite facility

By Michael Marrow / March 30, 2022 at 10:02 AM

Boeing announced the debut of a new high-throughput, small satellite production facility this morning.

The 30,000 square-foot operation, located in the company's 1-million-square-foot El Segundo, CA facility, will be chiefly run by Boeing subsidiary Millennium Space Systems. A company whose primary clients are government customers, Boeing acquired Millennium Space Systems in 2018 to gain a larger foothold in the small satellite market.

The new production line will offer quicker turnaround times for small satellites and employ tools such as 3D printing of space-qualified satellite buses, the company said in a press release.

The enterprise can build satellites for different security levels on the same assembly line and host environmental and specialty testing capabilities. Initial operational capability for the facility began in September 2021 and it's expected to reach full capacity later this year.