The Spaceport Business Park, located within the Midland International Air & Space Port, is home to growing companies in the aerospace and, specifically, the satellite industry. AST & Science is leveraging the availability of an FAA-approved Commercial Space Launch Site to launch their satellites into space. Kepler Aerospace is a satellite technology company benefiting from the park’s ecosystem and access to high-tech amenities and testing facilities.
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AST & Science
The MDC partnered with AST & Science, bringing their corporate headquarters and satellite manufacturing facility to Midland in the MDC’s 85,000 square foot facility at the Spaceport Business Park. Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites will be designed and built at the Midland facility, as part of the “NewSpace” company’s transformational technology. The Midland International Air & Space Port license to launch horizontal craft is essential to the manufacturing, testing and implementation of the satellites.
The Midland facility will augment AST & Science’s existing engineering and manufacturing facilities in Maryland and Europe. AST & Science chairman and CEO Abel Avellan said of their location in Midland, “Our revolutionary patented technology will change the way satellites are manufactured, launched and used. From Midland, we will scale up quickly to produce high volumes of low-cost, ultra-powerful LEO satellite platforms. This will open up an astonishing range of applications not previously possible with traditional satellite manufacturing techniques.” Ultimately, up to 100,000 space modules, called Microns, will be manufactured in Midland annually. They are an integral component to the company’s LEO satellite platform that will be deployed for a wide array of commercial and defense applications.
In 2020, AST & Science announced that Rakuten and Vodafone are their two new investors, bringing capital raised to $128M total. This venture will extend mobile coverage to more people and devices across the planet, using the first mobile broadband network that will broadcast from space. The network, SpaceMobil, holds enough power to connect directly to standard smartphones everywhere on earth, including remote areas, at sea, and in the air.
Employing advanced aviation technologies, Kepler Aerospace (Kepler) is developing efficient and economically viable satellite delivery systems. They possess technologies in the fields of microwave, propulsion and energy and have recently filed for 8 trademarks in both the flight and defense use categories. Kepler is currently developing and commercializing proprietary plasma (high energy electrical power) technology to generate propulsion, thrust, lift and flight. They have also developed other proprietary propulsion, energy and microwave burst technologies that can be used in several configurations and are currently being developed as technologies to be marketed to the military and defense industries. They are leasing a facility in the Spaceport Business Park that is 16,925 square feet and benefiting from the park’s access to high-tech amenities and testing facilities.