Filming Locations Guide: Where was Space Force filmed?

Space Force Locations
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Up there - Out there: The space is hard but the new sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, Space Force, will try to bring back American boots on the Moon. A charismatic four-star general under pressure and a sort of Dr. Strangelove scientist will team up to make it possible.

This hilarious show is headlined by Steve Carell (the noteworthy Michael Scott from The Office) as General Mark R. Naird, and John Malkovich (who doesn't know Malkovich?) as Dr. Adrian Mallory. Rounding off the main cast is Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, Sonic the Hedgehog) as social media manager Tony, and young actress Diana Silvers as Erin, the general's teen daughter.

Space Force is set in Wild Horse, Colorado, a real small town in Cheyenne County, although all the shooting took place in and around Los Angeles. Of course we have the best filming locations report of the comedy series out there:

The military airforce base
Exterior shots were filmed at California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), in Carson (South Bay area of Los Angeles County). Location Manager Kyle Sucher confirmed that the Space Force complex exteriors, set in an old NORAD facility (North American Aerospace Defense Command), is inspired by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory research institute (JPL) in La CaƱada Flintridge, California. However, this image of the military agency headquarters is basically the CSUDH campus with the buildings rearranged using VFX in a view overlooking the College Of the Canyons (COC) Canyon Country Campus at Sierra Hwy in Santa Clarita (pictured below).
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Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps - CSUDH Map



Where is Space Force filmed
The main office building, where Naird's helipad is located, is the modern CSUDH Theatre. So, where is Kokomo? Fun fact: The 1988 song by The Beach Boys talks about an invented, idyllic place off the Florida Keys. But what an awesome coincidence! The tune was also featured in this week's new episode of What We Do in the Shadows (S02E08 on May 27, 2020). Kokomo was originally included in Tom Cruise's Cocktail soundtrack.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps



Space agency building
The Pickering Building, where according to Angela (Tawny Newsome) is stored all the vibranium stolen from Wakanda, is The Leo F. Cain Library. Designed by A. Quincy Jones, this Brutalist edifice opened in 1972.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The shoot in California State University
I don't know but I've been told, outer space is very cold - The modern wing of the same library was used to film the compound's restaurant scenes, the elegant alternative to Meal Armstrong's hamburger stand.
Image courtesy of Netflix and CSU Dominguez Hills


Potus complex Proportionate Response
The interiors of the spiral staircase building are the former Toyota Motor Sales USA Headquarters at 19001 S Western Ave in Torrance. Many exterior scenes were also shot in this 110-acre complex built in 1982, vacant since Toyota moved to Texas in 2016. The Homecoming series GEIST Group offices were also set here.
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Wild Horse Colorado
The Naird household is located at 24804 Cerezo Ct in Santa Clarita, the town where probably most of the outdoor scenes were shot. The Californian city has been featured in thousands of productions, as it hosts more than twenty sound stages, ten movie ranches, and lots of film-friendly locations. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Space Force drehort
At the beginning of the series Mark is shopping in a gas station in Wild Horse. The shoot was filmed in the Four Aces Movie Set (renamed Four Deuces), a Motel in Lake Los Angeles near Palmdale. This set, also featured in the last episode of Space Force, has been used multiple times in all kind of movies and TV shows, from Twin Peaks to I Am The Night, just to name a few. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Eatery It's Good To Be Back On The Moon episode
The Backwoods Inn from Mark's date in episode 9 is a real restaurant steakhouse, situated at 17846 Sierra Hwy in Canyon Country near Santa Clarita. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

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4 comments

  1. The spiral staircase building at the bottom is the former Toyota Sales Headquarters in Torrance, CA. It was also seen in Homecoming.

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  2. For one second the opening of episode 4 shows a setting of Wild Horse, Colorado.

    It's actually above the Crestview area of San Carlos, CA, for some reason.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.4873196,-122.2870527,139a,35y,172.66h,72.46t/data=!3m1!1e3

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  3. The spiral staircase interior is also used in episode 5 of Mythic Quest, as well as the circular stage/planter.

    Saw it almost immediately after watching Space Force.

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