Acquisition of antenna manufacturer will speed up spacecraft deliveries.
BOULDER, Colo., Dec 20, 2019 — Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has purchased leading 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. During this 6-month transition period, BCT will not be accepting orders from customers, but instead will be providing non-binding, Rough Order of Magnitude (RoM) quotes. This time will enable BCT to establish and qualify the new production line and confirm high-quality product prior to commitment to customer orders. Terms of the sale are not being disclosed.
“We are excited about the great synergy in a niche market between two leading small sat industry partners. “said Matt Beckner, Chief Operations Officer at BCT.
Blue Canyon’s highly integrated systems have enabled a broad range of missions and technological advances for the New Space economy, further reducing the barriers of space entry.
BCT is currently building more than 60 spacecraft for government NASA, Department of Defense, 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.
Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc., (BCT) a Colorado-based private company founded in 2008 to bring innovative, reliable and affordable solutions to space missions, is an experienced integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced aerospace products and technologies. BCT is a vertically integrated spacecraft manufacturer supporting nearly 40 unique missions with over 70 spacecraft. The company currently has more than 60 satellites in production and is developing a new 80,000-square-foot facility for high rate production.
BCT has supported missions for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and many others and provided the Attitude Control Systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats which successfully traveled to Mars. The company has been recognized with awards including Inc Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch, and the 2019 Colorado Biz Made in Colorado Emerging Manufacturer Winner.