27 February 2018
Lockheed Martin says its new Gateway Center “satellite production factory of the future” near Denver is on track for completion in 2020, with foundation work complete and construction beginning on vertical structures. The $350m, 266,000ft2 facility at Waterton Canyon will include a cleanroom, anechoic chamber and large thermal vacuum chamber. It is designed to produce “multiple satellites at the same time [and] reduce satellite production processes from days to mere hours” to “increase cost savings for both government and commercial customers”. Bill Breeden, vice president of assembly, test, launch and operations at Lockheed Martin Space says the plant will “manufacture a wide range of state-of-the-art satellites with agility, precision and efficiency”.
Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus has been active since the 1950s, and today has more than 4,000 employees. Spacecraft currently in production at the site include the Air Force’s GPS III satellites, NASA’s InSight Mars lander, NOAA’s GOES-R Series weather satellites, and commercial communications satellites.