California-based Made In Space is moving its headquarters to Jacksonville.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in town Friday to make the announcement.
“Made in Space has decided to relocate their corporate headquarters from California to Jacksonville. And with this move, they’re investing more than $3 million,” DeSantis said.
According to DeSantis, Made in Space has already expanded its existing offices on Philips Highway. The company’s Jacksonville staff has gone from 24-to-75, “and counting,” he said.
“This is an exciting moment and relocating our headquarters to Jacksonville is a strategic step to position the company for long-term growth,” said Made In Space President and CEO Andrew Rush in an email, adding, “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.”
The company makes technology, like 3-D printers, that will allow products to be manufactured in micro-gravity.
Founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Made In Space has flown eight different missions to the International Space Station, according to the governor’s office.
NASA awarded Made In Space a $73.7 million contract to develop Archinaut One, the world’s first self-assembling satellite and will help NASA with long-term goals for missions from the Moon to Mars.