Building Small Satellites: Inside the Blue Canyon Manufacturing Plant
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In a nondescript office park north of Denver across from a Kaiser Permanente hospital complex, Blue Canyon Technologies LLC is building satellite buses and satellite components for NASA, the Pentagon, the US intelligence community, foreign private companies. and others. Since 2016, the company has launched 30 satellites. The spaceship ranges from the size of a breadbox to a college dorm refrigerator. Each bus comes with a hollow ring in the center and pre-drilled holes so that a propulsion system and payload can be fitted to it. “We don’t want to restrict it,” says Josh Duncan, Business Development Manager at Blue Canyon.