General Atomics, the Pentagon contractor, has acquired two small satellites in the last three years to give the endeavor of nurturing the smallsat market. The executives are referring to the contract wins by NASA and Air Force to prove that the acquisitions are exuding excellent outcomes.
In 2016, the San Diego, California stationed General Atomics acquired Miltec that is in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2017, it moved forward to buying Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, which is UK based and the US subsidiary, located in Englewood, Colorado. General Atomics took the expertise and experience from these two acquisitions and implemented the same in Orbital Test Bed, which is a satellite bus. This is designed in a flexible manner to enable it to accept diversified kinds of payloads, producing phenomenal outcomes. The company has even won 3 contracts from the government that will launch the payloads on the OTB or Orbital Test Bed.
The Vice President of the Space Systems and Missile Defense at the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, Nick Bucci added there isn’t an organization in the segment that is not putting the efforts to amalgamate with the unique hosted payloads. He further mentioned every company is trying to get the most from the amalgamation to make the effort shine through the odds.
It is a stringent market and to make the endeavors and various projects survive in the tough situation, General Atomics had planned to design a modular satellite that can be seamlessly measured from a 1,000 kg platform and even from a tiny cubesat.
This month, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center had declared that it had already selected an OTB worth 110 kgs that will carry a sensor from the CNES, a space agency of France, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the US.