Thursday December 5, 2019 0 comments
BOULDER -- Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has purchased RF antenna manufacturer Antenna Development Corporation (AntDevCo).
As a vertically integrated company, the acquisition plays a key role in BCT incorporating antennas into their design and manufacturing capabilities portfolio, the company said.
Prior to the acquisition, BCT was a primary customer for AntDevCo, procuring more than 60 antennas, 11 of which are currently on-orbit on 5 different spacecraft. The easily customizable, compact antennas will be designed in-house for use on future small satellite builds, the company said.
Blue Canyon said by bringing the RF communications system model in-house, technical risk is reduced, and capabilities are advanced. The acquisition will aid in the implementation of additional cost-effective practices such as streamlining procurement schedules, provide better integrated modeling, and offer improvements in communication solutions, the company said.
Equipment and test capabilities will also be advanced as part of acquisition. Stemming from the equipment transfer, BCT will now have a devoted Antenna Test Lab. BCT will gain access to more than 40 years of experience of antenna design, manufacture and test for antennas used from LEO to Deep Space, the company said.
Existing orders will be produced, tested and fulfilled in the current New Mexico location. Over a period of six months, all new builds, equipment and designs will transition to BCT’s Boulder-based facilities.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
“We are excited about the great synergy in a niche market between two leading small sat industry partners,” said Matt Beckner, BCT’s chief operations officer.
BCT is currently building more than 60 spacecraft for NASA, DOD, commercial and academic missions. The company has doubled in size over the past 12 months and plans to open its new 80,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility in 2020.