The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Fulton will begin construction this summer on a new $30 million lab building to assemble and test satellites and other spacecraft. According to this story in The Sun, the “one-level building will supplement a 1970s-era facility and enable the APL's Space Department to test and assemble larger satellites and other spacecraft than it can now.”
JHU-APL, one of the largest employers in the county, has been going through a building boom over the past few years. In 2007 the lab completed construction of 243,000 square foot office building in the Montpelier Business Park adjacent to the lab’s north campus and last summer the lab started construction on the new south campus with a 200,000 square foot office building slated for completion early next year.
The former rural farming crossroads of Fulton is now an important earth station for the final frontier.