An aerospace manufacturer in Grant County is expanding its footprint. NearSpace Launch Inc. says it is investing more than $100,000 to develop its new central office in Upland and double its workforce by adding at least 10 jobs.
The company, which builds small satellites for NASA and the U.S. Space Force, is currently renovating the space in downtown Upland. The new location is expected to be operational in early 2022.
The location will also serve as the home for the company’s nonprofit arm, NearSpace Education, which was established last year with the goal of helping students “achieve their dreams of near space science research in atmospheres and astronomy.”
Chief Operations Officer Matthew Voss says adding the new location is an important next step for the company.
“We see it as a maturing step, kind of phasing out of that startup and starting to scale up a little bit,” said Voss. “It allows us to take on bigger contracts, improve production, and do research at the same in different areas so we can have multiple projects going on simultaneously.”
NSL says it will continue to operate out of its current locations in Upland until renovations are complete.