General Dynamics Spaceplex 2 Groundbreaking

Las Cruces Sun News

General Dynamics to expand at NMSU

Sun-News report

Posted: 07/10/2009 09:27:06 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES — General Dynamics announced that it will expand its SpacePlexSM facility at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Research Park.

Called SpacePlex 2, and set to open July 22, the facility will have 15,000 square feet of office and lab space along with room for preparation of government proposals and a secure work area, reports Fran Ford Jacques, director of public affairs for General Dynamics C4 Systems.

“It’s designed to support national space and satellite programs and complements the current SpacePlex facility, which was dedicated in 2001,” Jacques said via an e-mail. “The original SpacePlex is a 12,000 square foot facility supporting 30 General Dynamics workers.”

Jacques said the new facility will eventually employ about 40 people.

According to a release, one immediate effort will be the preparation of a proposal for the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment program. SGSS will modernize the ground system and network for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., reports that it employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide.

“For three decades, General Dynamics workers have supported NASA projects from key New Mexico vantage points including NMSU in Las Cruces and the nearby White Sands Complex. Beginning with a contract to provide ground support for NASA’s TDRSS program in 1978, the company’s space and satellite-related operations have outgrown a number of local facilities. SpacePlex 2 is within walking distance of the current SpacePlex facility, which was dedicated in 2001,” the release states.

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