A space systems company looking to boost aerospace technology in Puerto Rico announced it will move its global headquarters to Mesa Thursday after Hurricane Maria knocked out power and infrastructure on the island last fall. AQST Space Systems LLC plans to manufacture small satellites and rockets in Arizona, and secured space at the Falcon Field Airport for its global headquarters, said Arnaldo Soto Jr., chairman and CEO of AQST.
Within the first three years, AQST hopes to employ 125 people in Arizona, including administration, manufacturing, engineering and other jobs, Soto said. By the company’s sixth year, Soto plans to employ 600 people. The company is still looking for a manufacturing space, which Soto plans to open in Arizona. He is considering locations in Mesa near the Falcon Field Airport or the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.