Vanguard expands facilities

The company adds 24,000 square ft. to expand its capabilities to support current and future programs.

Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. (Vanguard, San Diego, Calif.), a provider of high-performance aerospace structures, announced November 27 that it has completed expansion of its facilities and capabilities for fabricating, assembly, integration and test of its high-precision composite structures and reflectors for space satellite, aerospace and solar power applications.

This recent expansion adds 24,000 sq. ft. of environmentally controlled space, bringing Vanguard’s total facility size to over 100,000 sq. ft. to support current and future programs. In addition to expanding Vanguard’s assembly and testing areas, the company also added an in-house etch and prime laboratory for metallic hardware finishing, a precision thermal twist test chamber for composite tubes and struts, and added a large-capacity thermal vacuum chamber that will be fully operational in early 2014.

"This facility expansion not only supports current programs, but adds significant growth capacity for our current and future customers", said Frank Belknap, Vanguard chief executive officer. "Vanguard is always focused on maintaining the leading edge of technology as well as growing our lean manufacturing capabilities to support our core products for the space and advanced aerospace industries. Adding the in-house testing capabilities allows us to have more control over our schedule to allow us to be even more responsive to our customer needs".

Vanguard specializes in high-performance, lightweight and precision aerospace structures with an emphasis on spacecraft and satellite systems. The company’s main product lines include antenna reflectors, spacecraft structures, instrument structures and solar power systems for research, commercial and defense applications. Founded in 1994, Vanguard has extensive experience with build-to-specification programs using in-house composite design and analysis tools, product development expertise, composite product fabrication, precision assembly and hardware integration. The company also has unique capabilities for space power and optical and thermal products including modular solar panels, flexible solar panels, shielded, electromagnetically clean solar panels, solar concentrators, deployable solar arrays and deployable radiator arrays.