AQST Space Systems (AQST), a new and growing Aerospace and Defense business that supports space commercialization, recently moved their headquarters to Mesa, Arizona.
The company will be hiring as many as 125 people and is seeking 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space, where the company will begin producing, assembling and delivering rockets for smallsats by the end of this year. Target customers include innovative defense organizations, satellite owners and operators and universities that seek to send constellations of smallsats and other systems into space.
The company’s project was set to start in Puerto Rico earlier this year. Despite a desire to stay on the island, hurricane-related infrastructure deficits made it cost prohibitive for the company to perform sensitive defense manufacturing activities there, according to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arnaldo Soto, Jr. Instead, AQST has established its headquarters at Falcon Field. Soto hopes to subcontract work back to Puerto Rico in the future.
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