Vector Space Systems to Set Up Shop in Tucson

P20 sub-scale test vehicle launch (Credit: Vector Space Systems)
P20 sub-scale test vehicle launch (Credit: Vector Space Systems)

Vector Space Systems has found a home in Tucson, Ariz.

Vector Space Systems plans to open a Tucson headquarters and manufacturing plant to make rockets for launching small satellites into space.

The Tucson-based company is expected to create 200 jobs locally within three years of beginning operations, at an average annual salary of $70,000. It could employ as many as 500 people within five years as production ramps up, said its co-founder and CEO, Jim Cantrell.

Vector plans to invest roughly $19 million during the first three years, and possibly as much as $50 million over the next 15 years, according to Pima County officials. The total direct economic impact of the facility could be $290 million over five years, says an analysis by Phoenix-based Applied Economics completed for Sun Corridor Inc., the local economic-development agency.

The company plans to build 36,000 square feet of office space and another 40,000 square feet for manufacturing south of Tucson International Airport.

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  • Sam Moore

    The link to the full story gives me a 404 page.

  • savuporo

    They move around a lot, don’t they ? It was Long Beach California, RRS Mojave test site, then Kodiak Alaska ..

  • JamesG

    Must resist snark…

  • JamesG

    I wonder if they are shacking up with World View? ;+ /

  • patb2009

    Long beach is a very nice place to build stuff. Nice worklife and lots of workforce.
    Mojave is a decent place to test. Not too crazy far, lots of room.
    Kodiak is a licensed range.

  • savuporo

    Of course 🙂 But now throw Tucson in the mix, that’s a lot of miles on SouthWest

  • Robert G. Oler

    I hope it works

  • patb2009

    I can’t speak for the company, i imagine they are moving engineering and test to Tucson.