Blue Canyon Technologies’ New Mexico Expansion is One of the Largest to Create Some of the Smallest Satellites 

Success results in the need for more of the product or service that the particular business provides. And so it is with Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), which is currently supporting numerous successful missions with a cumulative total of 9 spacecraft, 11 attitude control systems, 49 star trackers and 150 reaction wheels on-orbit. Additionally, BCT has orders for nearly 60 spacecraft, ranging from 3U CubeSats to 200kg ESPA-class microsatellites, for missions in LEO to GEO, for commercial, academic, and Government customers.

As a testament to their recent successes, Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has expanded their business operations to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The new facility is in the hub of the space technology business environment to enable close coordination with current and future Government and commercial customers. Located near Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), the new lab and office space will aid in managing programs with Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles (AFRL/RV) and Directed Energy (AFRL/RD) Directorates, Space and Missile Systems Center Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD), Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and Sandia National Laboratories. 

This growth allows for collaboration with government and commercial partners interested in Blue Canyon’s successful small satellite technology. The new space will be an advantage to support execution of the DARPA Blackjack Phase 1 program, as well as the AFRL ASCENT program.  

Prior to the development in New Mexico, BCT expanded their satellite manufacturing facilities in Boulder, Colorado to over 54,000 square feet. The state-of-the-art facility supports high-volume spacecraft production, including constellations, by leveraging cleanrooms, thermal vacuums, vibration, integration, and test capabilities.  The combined expansions have made their facilities one of the largest for small satellite production in the world.


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