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Latest xLAB Laboratory Improves the Development and testing Capability of Aerospace

On the El Segundo campus, the Aerospace Company just unveiled its new xLab building. The renovations are intended to prepare our engineering expertise best as they work together to develop ground-breaking prototypes and space technology development tools. A Prototype Design Centre, Fabrication Lab, Assembly, and Integration Lab, Electronics Research Lab, and flexible office space, as well as huddle rooms, are included in the 12,000-square-foot space to facilitate open collaboration and innovation. “We are thrilled to open this incredible facility,” informed Lynn Friesen, Principal Director of xLab.

“It will make it easier to communicate more efficiently with our professional personnel, and we expect great work from these laboratories.” xLab is an aerospace company that designs, develops, as well as transitions prototypes at the pace needed for an evolving space environment.  It is accountable for selling materials, including hardware, applications, and key testbeds. Prototypes that come from xLab comprise devices for ground, airborne as well as space travel. Aerospace has a long tradition of concept design, and these activities were coordinated under xLab in 2018, maximizing productivity and emphasizing their rising value to the space sector.

Friesen said, “It really is a wonderful space to work in. It will enable our talented employees to do their best and exercise their creativity.” Before the rest of the plant was completely operational, xLab employees were still operating in the laboratories, ensuring that deadlines were met and that equipment was delivered as required. When an aerospace physicist in another laboratory conceived an idea for a temperature-control system during COVID-19 to keep workers healthy, xLab employees quickly stepped up to turn the design into practice, scraping the building dust off their new laboratory benches to engineer and produce the instrument.

This is only one instance of the kind of work created by xLab. Some other programs, established in partnership with the physical sciences laboratories as well as program offices of the Aerospace, include AeroCube-10, a set of CubeSats that accomplished a proximity procedure which put them in the orbit approximately 22 meters of one another. A mobile laser beacon is planned and developed on an accelerated schedule, using off-the-shelf components. A camera identified as NIRAC, which flies to the International Space Station as well as takes spectacular nighttime images using the natural airglow of the Earth. On a tight budget and a much shorter timeframe of just 18 months, AeroCube-15, a set of CubeSats designed and deployed.