EUSI Banner - Okt 1 2022

Rocket Lab acquires dispenser company Planetary Systems

Photo: Rocket Lab

Bremen/ Long Beach, California, 16 November 2021. – Rocket Lab acquires Planetary Systems, a spacecraft separation systems company based in Maryland, for $42 million in cash and a 1.7 million share package, Rocket Lab said.

The deal includes an additional nearly one million Rocket Lab share option as a performance earnout based on Planetary´s financial results, the company said.

Planetary Systems is a provider of mechanical separation systems and satellite dispensers.

“The acquisition will enable Rocket Lab to leverage PSC’s strong brand and quality product offering of lightweight, cost-effective, and flight proven hardware across its vertically integrated Space Systems division of Photon satellite buses and spacecraft components solutions,” Rocket Lab said.

Planetary System´s  products have been integrated in a large range of launchers, including Rocket Lab, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman, NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions, and international launch vehicles operated by Arianespace, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Check Also

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Say YES to diversity and gender equality in the space sector: a look at the Diversity and Gender Equality Project Group of the SGAC

Diversity is difficult to measure and quantify, given all the aspects and shapes it takes, yet it is easy to witness and observe the lack of it in many fields including the space sector. If the space sector and all its disciplines should be used to help improve life on earth and observe it (amongst other purposes), shouldn't it be represented by all terrestrial individuals equally? In an ideal world, yes! But history and social biases have prevented our progress towards this perfect world, and we find ourselves today with a space sector still dominated by cis white-male individuals.