Millennium Space Systems Receives Order from SSL for Follow-on Buy of Reaction Wheels

Press Release From: Millennium Space
Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016

Millennium Space Systems is pleased to announce that SSL in Palo Alto, CA has placed a follow-on order for 23 RWA-1000 flight reaction wheels. This follows the original order for 52 reaction wheels now that Millennium has delivered 5 ship sets of those wheels. The repeat procurement from SSL is a testament to the quality and customer service provided by Millennium. Doug Nelson, Millennium's Manufacturing & Production Lead, commented that "we are delighted with SSL's continued business in purchasing 23 additional RWA-1000 flight reaction wheels and will continue to raise the bar in providing high quality component products as part of SSL's supply chain."

The RWA-1000 is a small satellite reaction wheel produced under exclusive license from Sinclair Interplanetary of Canada. It provides a domestic source for mission critical satellite actuators, and further complements Millennium's large DIRWA reaction wheels which are manufactured under an exclusive license from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Vivian Mackintosh, Vice President of Supply Chain Management at SSL in Palo Alto, CA, commented on the additional order, "Millennium Space Systems is a valued supplier to SSL, which has performed well in delivering reaction wheels. We are pleased to continue working with Millennium with this follow on contract."

The combined SSL order for 75 reaction wheels is being manufactured over the next year in Millennium's El Segundo, CA satellite factory, just minutes from LAX. Millennium officially broke ground on Phase-3 of its manufacturing & production plan, building out an addition 35,000 square feet at the existing factory to accommodate high volume production of spacecraft in hundreds of satellites per year and spacecraft components in the thousands of components per year.

Mr. Mike Todaro, Vice President of Programs & Mission Operations commented, "Millennium Space Systems is positioned to exceed the demands of our customers as evidenced by our new state-of-the-art high volume production facility and our continued customer driven focus. We look forward to taking on more reaction wheel orders and keeping our customers overwhelmingly satisfied."


Millennium Space Systems is a privately held, employee-owned company founded in November 2001, providing alternative, relevant and affordable solutions to today's aerospace challenges. The company designs flight systems and develops mission and system solutions for the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics & Space Administrations, and commercial customers.

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