Rocket Lab to open Space Structures Complex in Maryland

Dec. 6, 2023
The launch and space systems company will use the new facility to develop and manufacture products for the space industry.

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has announced plans to establish a Space Structures Complex in Middle River, Maryland. The launch and space systems company will use the new facility to develop and manufacture products for the space industry, including carbon composite spacecraft buses, structural panels and assemblies, satellite dispensers, aerostructures and heat shields, composite overwrap pressure vessels, solar panel substrates, launch vehicle structures and more. In addition, the plant will be used in the development and supply of carbon composite structures for Neutron, Rocket Lab’s medium lift launch vehicle. To aid in the project, the company will receive a $1.56 million repayable loan from the Maryland Department of Commerce, as well as other incentives and support from Baltimore County, the Partnership for Workforce Quality program, the More Jobs for Marylanders program, and the state's Job Creation Tax Credit.

In a recent quote, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, said, “Rocket Lab is a world leader in advanced composites through our launch and spacecraft programs, so this is a natural progression as we continue growing our space systems offering. We have the experienced team, manufacturing and test equipment, established supply chain, and heritage to deliver reliable composite products to the space industry at scale, and because we’re deeply vertically integrated, we can do it fast and at competitive prices. We’re incredibly excited to bring advanced Rocket Lab composite products to market for our customers. We’re grateful for the support from the State of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland Department of Commerce, Governor Wes Moore, Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen, Congressman Ruppersberger and others who have welcomed us to the state. We look forward to building a bright future in aerospace manufacturing together.”

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