Made In Space Inc., the company responsible for sending the first 3D printer to space, has announced it will be moving its corporate headquarters and satellite manufacturing operations to Jacksonville, Florida. The move to the new facility is part of the company’s multi-year expansion plan which has already created over 50 new jobs in Jacksonville.
Made In Space’s new base in Florida will bring together its various divisions, including administrative, engineering, operations and production teams for its major tech programs—such as the Archinaut One, an in-space system capable of performing additive manufacturing and robotic assembly. Spanning almost 20,000 square feet, the new site is larger than Made In Space’s previous base in Moffett Field, CA, which will enable the company to continue its growth.
“This is an exciting moment and relocating our headquarters to Jacksonville is a strategic step to position the company for long-term growth,” said Andrew Rush, President and CEO of Made In Space. “By expanding our presence in Florida we can leverage a skilled aerospace workforce, large-scale infrastructure to support our growth and key strategic partners like Space Florida that will accelerate our momentum as we continue to develop world-class space technology.”
The move has been in the works for some time, as Made In Space first expanded to Jacksonville in 2015. As the company refocuses its efforts on the east coast, it says it will continue to maintain a presence in Silicon Valley to “support additional technology programs and strategic relationships.” The facility in Jacksonville will possess all of the necessary equipment for Made In Space to locally manufacture, test and control its in-space manufacturing systems as well as spacecraft.
“As a global leader for in-space manufacturing and assembly, Made In Space has a proven track record of delivering innovative space technology demonstrations at an industry-leading pace,” commented Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “Made In Space’s move to Florida is more evidence of Florida’s success and growth in the aerospace industry. My administration remains committed to supporting that growth and ensuring we maintain an economic climate that allows companies like Made In Space to prosper.