General Atomics has acquired the majority of the assets of Englewood, Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC, a company specializing in the design, manufacture, launch and operation of small satellites.
The San Diego business made the announcement Nov. 13. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GA said it plans to integrate the business into its Electromagnetic Systems Group, whose products include railguns and electromagnetic aircraft catapults for aircraft carriers.
Surrey provides innovative small satellite technologies, systems and services. It was established in 2008 as a subsidiary of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of the United Kingdom.
“We look forward to the Surrey-US team joining us as we continue to expand our portfolio of small satellite and mission-support capabilities,” Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS, said in a statement. “The Surrey-US team’s expertise in designing and deploying small satellites and end-to-end mission solutions is complementary to ours. We are excited that GA-EMS now will offer ground-to-space solutions utilizing nano, micro and small satellites from 3U to 500 kilograms [1,100 pounds] with a high degree of modularity and payload flexibility.” 3U refers to a very small “cube” satellite about the size of a roll of household paper towels.
General Atomics is privately held.