Voyager Space Holdings to acquire majority stake in Space Micro

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Space companies continue their trend of disbanding, moving on to acquire a majority stake in Voyager Space Holdings. space micro, manufacturer of orbital communications and digital subsystems for satellites.

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This is Voyager’s sixth acquisition since its inception in October 2019, as the company seeks to become a full-service space firm that provides everything from robotics to communications technology to launch support.

Past acquisitions include XO Markets, parent of commercial space services venture NanoRacks; Pioneer Astronautics, a company that conducts research to support human life in outer space; robotics startup Altius Space Machines; and Launch Company, a launch support company.

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The acquisition strategy has turned Voyager Space into a powerhouse; Despite being barely two years old, the company has already set its sights on launching a commercial space station in 2027. The plans were announced as part of a joint project with NanoRacks and Lockheed Martin, with Voyager in place to oversee funding and capital allocation. Project.

Whether Space Micro’s technology will be used on that station is unclear, but there is little doubt that the investment will support the subsystem manufacturer to scale up operations and its product production.

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“Today marks a major step in our growth path,” David Strobel, Space Micro’s co-founder and president, said in a statement. “The Satellite Constellation market stands at the cusp of explosive expansion and now, with the Voyager team and operational actions on our part, we will be ready to scale our technologies to meet these market needs.”

Space Micro has garnered a large portfolio of clients since its inception in 2002, which includes NASA, the US Space Force, the US Air Force, and the German Space Agency. The company currently has more than 100 subsystems in orbit and has collectively racked up 2.7 million hours of spaceflight time.

The company provided technology for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere Dust and Environment Explorer mission and its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Space Micro also works with commercial companies, and was selected by Masten Space Systems earlier this year to provide the transponder for the company’s XL-1 lunar lander.

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