ABL Space Systems to Build Port of Long Beach Facility

ABL Space Systems
ABL Space Systems
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a land lease agreement with launch vehicle developer ABL Space Systems. Image via ABL.

ABL Space is coming to the Port of Long Beach.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently agreed to a contract with the El Segundo-based company ABL Space Systems to construct a spacecraft processing facility at the port and create a waterfront area for delivering and shipping cargo.

ABL has said that it will use about eight acres of land and 1.31 acres of submerged land at the Navy Mole on Pier T.

“This site is highly strategic for our growth,” said ABL Space Systems CEO Harry O’Hanley. “Maritime operations are key to scaling our launch capabilities globally. We’ll also re-activate the old Sea Launch (aerospace company) payload processing facility to handle spacecraft.”

ABL is the second space company to land at the port in less than a year. In April, the port inked a five-year leasing agreement with SpaceX, which is using the property as a marine terminal for its West Coast rocket recovery operations, according to the port.

By Karen Robes Meeks