Orbital Technologies Corporation

July 2014
Sierra Nevada Corporation completed the acquisition of Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) of Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC is a leading high technology development and subsystem integration company offering commercially mature solutions and strong capabilities in five distinct areas: Next Generation Fire Suppression; Propulsion, Propellant, and Power Systems; Life Support and Environment Control; Bio-based products and production systems; and Interactive 3D Simulation Software.

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3S Engineering and 3S Certification

September 2012
Sierra Nevada Corporation completed the acquisition of 3S Certification and 3S Engineering of Wichita, Kansas (collectively, 3S). 3S holds a Federal Aviation Administration authorized Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), and specializes in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated certification requirements. The company is a complement to SNC's existing aircraft integration capabilities. It will help SNC grow even more rapidly. Most importantly, 3S’s FAA certification expertise will greatly expedite the majority of SNC’ customers’ FAA aircraft certification needs. The company will operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC.

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SpaceDev, Inc.

December 2008
Sierra Nevada Corporation completed the acquisition of SpaceDev, Inc. (SpaceDev.) SpaceDev had 170+ employees in its three locations: Poway, California; Louisville, Colorado; and Durham, North Carolina. SpaceDev added tremendous space heritage with products that had flown on over 300 spacecraft over 20 years and represented a dynamic expansion of SNC’s space technology capabilities, proven system integration, communications, networking and intelligence capabilities in the space sector.

After the SpaceDev acquitision, SNC formed a new Space Systems Business Area which also included SNC’s subsidiary, MicroSat Systems, Inc., and the other SNC space operations and capabilities. SNC’s strategy of having an in-house satellite and space expertise is based on its vision of providing innovative net-centric solutions by synergistically connecting numerous platforms and domains from the Earth’s surface all the way to orbit.

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MicroSat Systems, Inc.

January 2008
SNC acquired MicroSat Systems, Inc. (MSI) in Littleton, Colorado, making MSI a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC. MSI was a leader in the small satellite market and had developed  innovative spacecraft that included better payload mass fraction, power, data processing, and pointing accuracy than other small satellites and showed the potential to be a disruptive technology to the large and very expensive satellites traditionally used for Department of Defense and NASA missions.

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Straight Flight, Inc.

February 2007
SNC acquisitioned Straight Flight, Inc. (SFI) and Straight Flight Conversions, Inc. (SFC). These Denver, Colorado based FAA/EASA Certified Repair Station operations conducted commercial aircraft modification, installation, and maintenance activities.  This acquisition represented an exciting expansion of SNC’s proven aircraft modification, installation, and maintenance capabilities at one of the nation’s busiest airports. 

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WaveBand Corporation

May 2005
SNC acquired WaveBand Corporation, a California-based company known for innovative electronic beam-steering antennas and imaging radar systems, to address aircraft autonomous landing, UAS detect, see and avoid, concealed object detection and surface surveillance radar sensor markets.


Aviation Resources Delaware, Inc.

June 2004
SNC acquired Aviation Resources Delaware, Inc. (ARDI), providing us with a significant Maryland based aircraft and systems integration capability.



October 2003
SNC acquisitioned Inter-4, a San Francisco-based military computer designer.  Inter-4 specialized in development of ruggedized computers. Inter-4 is now part of SNC’s Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Networking (C4N) business area, which has evolved to providing ruggedized computers and networks to the Department of Defense.  


Turtle Mountain Communications, Inc.

June 2003
SNC acquired Turtle Mountain Communications, Inc. (TMC). The acquisition enabled SNC to deliver customized communications solutions for the Department of Defense, other government agencies and commercial markets. This brought SNC a unique secure communications and real-time video capability.  These light weight "fly-away" systems  were very complementary to SNC’s core competency of providing agile and rapid systems integration to the special mission community.


Plano Microwave, Inc.

October 2001
SNC acquired Plano Microwave, Inc. (PMI), gaining unique Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor capabilities. SNC effectively applies is existing capabilities to enhance PMI sensors, creates new applications for PMI assets, and improves SNC offerings with PMI technology.


Spectral Systems, Inc.

February 1999
SNC acquired Spectral Systems, Inc. (SSI) a leading-edge, aerospace engineering and product development company located in southwestern Ohio, the birthplace of manned flight.  SSI was founded in 1995 and grew very rapidly from an engineering service provider to a developer and integrator of advanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems, sensors and embedded processors. As a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC, SSI continued to grow, innovate and expand into new customer areas.  In December, 2007, SSI merged into SNC, which further fueled the company's  ability to attract and retain an expert and experimental engineering, program management and business staff, including recognized experts in systems software, electrical and mechanical engineering and systems analysis.


Advanced Countermeasure Systems

March 1998
SNC aquired Advanced Countermeasure Systems (ACMS) located in Sacramento, California.   ACMS specialized in high-end tactical ground based electronic warfare systems and non-tactical data collection/laser tag systems used in warfighter training and evaluation.  The purchase of ACMS gave SNC access to these two new markets in defense electronics and provided ACMS with the clout of a larger company.