Arcfield has completed its acquisition of Orion Space Solutions, a Colorado-based developer of end-to-end space mission capabilities and solutions.
The acquisition marks a significant expansion of Arcfield’s expertise in space exploration and hypersonic detection and tracking. This move is particularly impactful for agencies within the Defense Department and the intelligence community.
Orion brings to Arcfield specialized skills in designing sensors and payloads, integrating and manufacturing SmallSat and CubeSat spacecraft, as well as expertise in operating space missions and analyzing space mission data. This acquisition strategically positions Arcfield to improve its offerings in these advanced technology sectors.
“Arcfield has a long history of delivering innovative solutions across the space domain, and we believe the acquisition of Orion enhances Arcfield’s ability to provide next-generation space technologies in support of DOD and IC missions,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman and CEO of Arcfield. “We look forward to welcoming the Orion team into the Arcfield family and further developing our collective solutions.”
Orion’s key capabilities include the design, integration and assembly of SmallSats and CubeSats, as well as the development of sensors, computational models and data products for the space and ground network domains. The company’s engineers and scientists develop technologies to support U.S. space security and environmental monitoring objectives.
“For nearly two decades, Orion has been developing space-based solutions for national security and intelligence mission challenges, built on a foundation of science,” said Orion CEO Geoff Crowley. “As a leader in systems engineering and integration and space and mission launch assurance, Arcfield is highly complementary to Orion, and the combination will help us expand our core capabilities and develop new, cutting-edge space-based technologies for our customers.”
Crowley has joined the Arcfield executive leadership team as chief scientist to lead the company’s space research and development efforts. Chad Fish has been named president and general manager of Orion, which will operate as the fourth business sector of Arcfield.
Latham & Watkins LLP and Covington & Burling LLP served as counsel to Arcfield. Orion was advised by The Forbes M&A Group and represented by The Vaughn Law Offices, P.L.L.C and Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar P.C.