Aerospace Unveils $100 Million Space Warfighting Center in Colorado Springs

• New center to enhance resiliency and agility of U.S. satellites
• 250 future jobs to be based in Colorado Springs
• Up to $100 million annual local economic impact

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2022 – The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) unveiled its new Space Warfighting Center (SWC) at a ribbon-cutting celebration today in Colorado Springs, Colo. The opening of this facility comes at a crucial time when the U.S. national security space infrastructure is at risk from adversarial threats like jamming or destruction of satellites.

“Developing advanced space warfighting concepts that enhance the resiliency and agility of our systems is critical to outpacing the threats we face in space,” said Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace’s President and CEO. “Aerospace’s Space Warfighting Center provides a unique environment that leverages cutting-edge digital tools to aid our government partners as they design and support the development, training, and testing of the nation’s future space enterprise.”

The SWC is a $100 million state-of-the-art, 90,000-square-foot building designed to provide critical laboratory space to further Aerospace's innovative technical work. The facility will support virtual design activities across company locations nationwide.

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The Space Warfighting Center, The Aerospace Corporation's new state-of-the-art research and development facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be the focal point for delivering technical expertise across the space enterprise to outpace threats to national security.

As a nonprofit corporation operating a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Aerospace serves the long-term needs of the government as a trusted advisor for space. The company partners across government, industry, and academia to deliver solutions spanning national security, civil, commercial, and international space efforts. Working with government partners, SWC will provide modeling and simulation capabilities, and enable realistic digital training and testing environments that can:

  • Examine space warfighting and advanced system concepts
  • Educate space operators and analysts on assessing a variety of threat scenarios

The SWC augments Aerospace’s core capabilities required by the government to fulfill its unique FFRDC mission and objectives to provide services, capabilities, and support not readily available within the government or from industry. 

Currently, the Aerospace location in Colorado Springs employs 250 of the nation’s leading engineers, scientists, and analysts. The new SWC will accommodate an additional 250 employees at this location, boosting the local economic impact to a total of $100 million by the end of 2023.

“The growth of The Aerospace Corporation in Colorado Springs contributes to our global leadership in aerospace and defense,” said Jim Lovewell, chief defense development officer of the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation. “We’re proud to have Aerospace’s expertise and innovation in our community.”

Aerospace employees in Colorado Springs primarily work for the company’s Defense Systems Group and the corporation’s national engineering technology hub, the Engineering and Technology Group. Beyond that, local Aerospace employees have volunteered nearly 500 hours to date this year and supported a variety of community projects that range from educational outreach to veterans’ activities.

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has more than 4,600 employees. With major locations in Chantilly, Virginia; El Segundo, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Aerospace addresses complex problems across the space enterprise and other areas of national and international significance through agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership. For more information, visit Follow us on X: @AerospaceCorp.


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