Building Smallsats: Inside Blue Canyon’s Manufacturing FacilityJen DiMascio
At a nondescript office park north of Denver, across from a Kaiser Permanente hospital complex, Blue Canyon Technologies LLC is building satellite buses and satellite components for NASA, the Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community, foreign private companies and others. Since 2016, the company has launched 30 satellites. The spacecraft range from the size of a breadbox to a college-dorm refrigerator. Each bus comes with a hollow ring in the center and predrilled holes so that a propulsion system and payload can be mounted on it. “We don’t want to constrain it,” says Josh Duncan, the lead for business development at Blue Canyon.