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LeoStella inaugurates smallsat production plant

Joint project Tas and Spaceflight Industries

LeoStella, a smallsat design and manufacturing company, announced the official inauguration of its production facilities in Tukwila, Wash. The company is a joint-venture between Thales Alenia Space, jv between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries. Formed in March 2018, LeoStella has been developing a state-of-the-art production facility to construct smallsats at scale.

The first satellite produced by LeoStella will be an Earth-observation satellite for BlackSky’s constellation. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of Q1 in 2019. The company is contracted to manufacture the next 20 satellites in BlackSky’s constellation.

When operating at capacity, LeoStella’s production facilities will enable the company to produce up to 30 satellites a year, ranging from Earth-observation and telecom satellites. Additionally, the company has spent the last year selecting its suppliers and forming partnerships with key vendors.

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