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BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026
Affectionately called a SpaceDrone - the BlackStar represents a next generation high performance multi role spacecraft designed around a reusable common core spaceplane. This allows for a near infinite number of customer defined mission types while overcoming the disadvantages of legacy design.
BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024

BlackStar Orbital Technologies Corporation has announced plans to establish a cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This strategic development is set to significantly enhance the company's production capabilities, particularly for its innovative BlackStar Spacecraft-a hybrid design blending the functionalities of satellites with the versatility of spaceplanes.

The facility, earmarked for operation by 2026, represents a significant $7.1 million investment into the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing. Spanning 45,000 square feet with 25,000 square feet dedicated solely to hangar space for the BlackStar SpaceDrone, this site is designed to accelerate innovation in systems and flight testing. The initial production capacity is projected at 15 spacecraft per year, with plans to ramp up to full production coinciding with the facility's operational commencement.

Located at Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, the facility is not just an infrastructural addition but a cornerstone for the development and production of the BlackStar Spacecraft. This state-of-the-art spacecraft is poised to revolutionize space exploration and utility, designed for a wide array of missions ranging from Earth observation and environmental monitoring to advanced communication solutions catering to both commercial and defense sectors. Its unique capabilities are also expected to support vital scientific research in areas such as climate study, ocean floor mapping, and more.

Christopher Jannette, President of BlackStar Orbital, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the strategic importance of Sierra Vista's location and the robust support from local authorities, including the City of Sierra Vista and the Arizona Commerce Authority. This collaborative effort underscores the commitment to not only advance aerospace innovation but also to bolster Arizona's burgeoning position as a leading hub in the space industry.

This expansion into Arizona marks a significant milestone for BlackStar Orbital, reflecting the company's growth trajectory and its dedication to contributing to the dynamic aerospace sector. The selection of Sierra Vista is a testament to the region's vibrant industry, supportive business environment, and strategic geographical positioning. BlackStar Orbital's presence is set to enhance Southern Arizona's aerospace and defense landscape, joining a prestigious list of industry leaders and supporting the region's strategic vision.

The project has garnered widespread support from local and state officials, underlining the anticipated economic and technological benefits. Arizona State Senator David Gowan, representing Legislative District 19, lauded the initiative for bringing high-wage jobs to the region and partnering with an innovative company focused on the future of space exploration. Similarly, Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and Sierra Vista Mayor Clea McCaa, expressed their support for the project, highlighting its significance in bringing new jobs, investment, and technological advancement to Southern Arizona.

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