July 12, 2016 – Lockheed Martin plans to expand capabilities at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville, Florida with the assistance of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the State of Florida. Future investments would help Lockheed Martin grow Astrotech Space Operations’ capabilities and could add as many as 300 jobs to the site over the next four years.
Astrotech Space Operations is a leader in satellite launch preparation services, from final testing and fueling to encapsulation and day-of-launch operations for a range of customers. Under the planned expansion, its scope of work could potentially include production of aerospace components and subsystems. Lockheed Martin is evaluating options that are contingent on the completion of additional business case analyses, which are slated to occur in 2016 and 2017.
“We have sites across the country, but Brevard County offers a unique blend of skilled people and a growth-friendly business environment that make it a great fit for this project,” said Tom Malko, vice president of Assembly, Test and Launch Operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Partnering with the community creates a win-win for Florida, for Lockheed Martin and for our customers.”
The North Brevard County Economic Development Zone, Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast, Enterprise Florida and the City of Titusville all supported this planned expansion for the benefit of the local economy.
“It’s exciting that Lockheed Martin continues to expand in Florida, adding hundreds of jobs for our families,” said Governor Rick Scott. “We will do all we can to make it easier for businesses like Lockheed Martin to succeed in Florida.”
Lockheed Martin acquired Astrotech Space Operations in August 2014. The company is operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and managed by Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems business area.
Astrotech Space Operations has prepared over 300 payloads for launch since 1984. Astrotech Space Operations customers include NASA, other U.S. government agencies and commercial customers.