Author Topic: "Project Kraken" potential $300 Million Satellite Manufacturing Facility  (Read 3368 times)

Offline Ronsmytheiii

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Space Florida is trying to woo a mystery company to build a new satellite manufacturing facility on the Space Coast, and it is confirmed not to be Amazon:

Project Kraken’s existence came to light on Wednesday during a meeting of Space Florida’s board of directors. Florida Politics reports that the code-named company is looking at Space Florida’s properties in the Cape Canaveral area as a potential site for a $300 million satellite factory that could create 2,000 jobs in Brevard County.

Question is, who is the mystery company?

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Most plausible answer is probably SpaceX. Given that Starship is getting closer to operational use (at least for Starlink launches), it makes sense to start building out the needed satellite manufacturing capacity now. Plus, the "Seattle connection" mentioned in the article lines up with SpaceX having their Starlink program being based out of Redmond.

The article mentions OneWeb, Telesat, and AST & Science as other potential owners. Of those, AST & Science seems underfunded to do a build this big and their initial launch plans are only 20 sats. Telesat is already partnered with Thales Alenia Space for its manufacturing, which already has large facilities in France. Plus, Telesat recently signed a $600m MOU with Quebec to build stuff there ( OneWeb might also be a possibility for the mystery company, but they already have a factory in Florida, not sure why they'd want another one.

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AST&Science is trying to get a larger constellation up (not quite megaconstellation in count), but it appears their satellite design is based on aggregating smaller sub-satellites in a very tight formation and/or hard docking to get to their monster 900m2 antenna size. If they are functionally building a larger sat out of a boatload of cubesat class units, you need a facility to bulk manufacture cubesats (the number of which would be in megaconstellation counts). But they already have pretty big facilities in Texas as is which could assemble smallsats (which are easily commercially transportable), so why build in Florida?

Name either implies something with a lot of somethings (multiple tentacles), or world enveloping (megaconstellation coverage). I suppose if someone went whole hog into developing a commercial remote observation smallsat constellation that provided true 24/7 global EO/SAR coverage in realtime, the numbers would justify a factory.

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Could Planet or another West coast company finally be ready to abandon California to grow and expand in a more stable economic part of the country?

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Could Planet or another West coast company finally be ready to abandon California to grow and expand in a more stable economic part of the country?

A “more stable economic part of the country” such as?  California’s economy is generally excellent (it’s wealthy and has a strong university system) and the workforce skills in aerospace are unmatched.  It’s a bit boom and bust in tech, but not really in aerospace.
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Could Planet or another West coast company finally be ready to abandon California to grow and expand in a more stable economic part of the country?

A “more stable economic part of the country” such as?  California’s economy is generally excellent (it’s wealthy and has a strong university system) and the workforce skills in aerospace are unmatched.  It’s a bit boom and bust in tech, but not really in aerospace.
Yeah, people have been saying California is doomed since SpaceX started. California has just kept growing. Their main problem is extremely expensive housing which is due to high demand (coupled with NIMBYism/zoning that doesn’t allow much new housing to be built), which is not typically what you associate with a “failed state.”

There have been several new space companies (XCOR comes to mind) that left California for “greener pastures” elsewhere (like Texas) and then failed after the move.
« Last Edit: 07/09/2021 01:33 am by Robotbeat »
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The Kraken Project: A Novel (Wyman Ford Series) by Douglas Preston

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, a methane sea on Titan, where it will embark on a journey of exploration. But things at Goddard go awry, and the AI program in the probe called "Dorothy" flees to the internet.

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Mystery solved, although I wonder what satellite constellation they'll build here:

Terran Orbital to build plant to produce more than 1,000 satellites per year

Quote from: SpaceNews
Terran Orbital announced an agreement with Space Florida Sept. 27 to establish a manufacturing facility on Florida’s Merritt Island large enough to produce more than 1,000 satellites per year.

At the Launch and Landing Facility, formerly known as the NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility, Terran Orbital, the parent company of Tyvak and PredaSAR, plans to claim 10 hangars for what Space Florida calls “the world’s largest satellite manufacturing facility.”

“Not only will we be able to expand our production capabilities to meet the growing demand for our products, but we will also bring valuable space vehicle manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida, investing over $300 million in new construction and equipment,” Marc Bell, Terran Orbital co-founder and CEO said in a statement. “By the end of 2025, we’re going to create approximately 2,100 new jobs with an average wage of $84,000.”

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Terran Orbital Receives $100 Million Investment from Lockheed Martin

Investment will fund expansion of Terran Orbital’s advanced manufacturing capabilities

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 31, 2022 – Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP), a global leader in satellite-based solutions primarily serving the United States and Allied aerospace and defense industries, announced that it has entered into a note and warrant purchase agreement pursuant to which Terran Orbital received a $100 million investment from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in exchange for convertible notes and warrants issued by Terran Orbital.
In connection with the investment, Terran Orbital and Lockheed Martin also entered into a new Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The new SCA runs through 2035 and allows Terran Orbital to pursue a wider variety of opportunities with Lockheed Martin.

Terran Orbital intends to use the funds to acquire additional satellite assembly space, increase module production, and satisfy working capital needs while expanding advanced manufacturing abilities. Terran Orbital’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, which were originally planned for expansion on Florida’s Space Coast in partnership with Space Florida, have been accelerated and will now be based in Irvine, California. Terran Orbital has added over 140,000 square feet in Irvine alone in the past 12 months.

Terran Orbital’s disruptive technologies provide customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The SCA with Lockheed Martin creates further opportunities for both organizations to share their expertise and relationships to advance emerging technology across military, commercial, and civil customers. This will be achieved by focusing on:

·       Mission assurance at both the satellite and constellation architecture level
·       Speed and schedule to deliver timely solutions for the most demanding and mission-critical customers
·       Affordability through innovation with an industrial approach, combined with capacity and facility enhancement to deliver and share an unprecedented value proposition

Terran Orbital believes there are growing unmet needs in adjacent markets to the company’s core satellite offerings. In order to address these needs, Terran Orbital plans to expand product and service offerings to include:

    Payloads including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electro-optical, Hyperspectral, Infrared, and Secure Communication
    High-reliability satellite subassemblies and component offerings, including, but not limited, to Star Trackers, Flight Computers, Reaction Wheels, Battery Solutions, and Guidance, Navigation,      and Control solutions
    Mission operations for satellites using Terran Orbital and partner ground networks
    Other defense-related products

The conflict in Ukraine has highlighted the need for advanced satellite imagery. Terran Orbital intends to address such demand through a specialized SAR satellite product line based on the company’s PredaSAR satellites. Terran Orbital plans to no longer pursue its own constellation and believes that offering PredaSAR as a product is a financially efficient and expeditious method of getting SAR technology into the hands of those protecting and defending our Nation and Allies.

"In today’s market, customers want the industry to determine the leaders that will deliver timely, quality, and affordable solutions across a variety of missions," said Terran Orbital Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Marc Bell. "This is a continued expansion of our collaboration with Lockheed Martin, and complements and accelerates the decision Terran Orbital made amid the lingering supply chain crisis to continue to vertically integrate products and components to facilitate full in-house satellite and manufacturing production. We see the opportunity to dramatically ramp up our capabilities and external product offerings, which we believe will move Terran Orbital toward profitability."

Terran Orbital will provide more details on the investment and the company’s forward outlook during the company’s Q3 financial results call on Wednesday, November 9th.

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The most important news here is that the Florida factory - the subject of this thread - is cancelled:

Also from the announcement:

- Terran Orbital won’t pursue its own SAR constellation but instead offer PredaSAR satellites as a product.

- The company will focus satellite manufacturing in California rather than build a new facility as previously planned in Florida.

So I guess that's the end of this thread, other Terran Orbital news can be discussed in Terran Orbital thread.


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