Governor Ron DeSantis, Space Florida Welcome Made In Space to Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Fla., (January 17, 2020) — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) will be relocating its headquarters and satellite manufacturing operations to a new headquarters facility in Jacksonville. The new headquarters will include the capability to locally manufacture, test and control spacecraft and in-space manufacturing equipment. The headquarters relocation is part of a multi-year expansion program that has generated over 50 new positions in Jacksonville since January 2019.
“This is an exciting moment and relocating our headquarters to Jacksonville is a strategic step to position the company for long-term growth,” said MIS President and CEO Andrew Rush. “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.”
“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,” said Governor 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.”
“Made In Space, through its innovative in-space manufacturing segment and technology which improves life on earth and in space, is forging the way toward a bright new future,” said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. “We are pleased to have established a long-standing relationship with Made In Space and are proud to welcome the company to Jacksonville on Florida’s First Coast. Space Florida looks forward to Made In Space’s continued growth and success, expanding Florida’s thriving aerospace economic footprint.”
This morning’s announcement is the product of years of behind-the-scenes work. Made In Space and Space Florida formed a unique partnership, which evolved into including a first-of-its-kind financing structure as Space Florida utilized space-bound hardware as security.
The Jacksonville headquarters will consolidate the administrative, engineering, operations, and production teams for the company’s major technology programs, including Archinaut One. MIS has also expanded its operational footprint to accommodate growth in Jacksonville with the new headquarters campus spanning nearly 20,000 square-feet.
MIS, which was founded in 2010 in Moffett Field, CA and expanded to Jacksonville in 2015. The headquarters relocation will bring additional high-paying aerospace jobs to the Jacksonville area as the company scales its operations to support the development of new technology and satellite missions. To date, the company has flown 8 different missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and has several missions slated to launch to the ISS in 2020.
MIS will maintain a presence in Silicon Valley to support additional technology programs and strategic relationships with industry partners.
About Made In Space, Inc. (MIS): MIS is the industry leader for space manufacturing technologies, delivering next-generation capabilities in orbit to support exploration objectives and national security priorities. As the first commercial company to additively manufacture in space, MIS is advancing the commercial space economy through its expansive technology portfolio. With a focus on industrializing the space environment, MIS specializes in on-orbit manufacturing, space-enabled materials development and exploration manufacturing technology. With offices in Florida, California, Alabama, and Ohio, MIS is empowering an elite workforce and domestic supplier base to realize the company vision of sustainably building off-Earth manufacturing capabilities to enable the future of space exploration. For more information about Made In Space, visit www.madeinspace.us.
About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov.