Rocket Lab of Long Beach Acquires Satellite Hardware Company Sinclair Interplanetary

Rocket Lab acquires Sinclair Interplanetary - Courtesy

Rocket Lab a space systems company based in Long Beach, has closed a transaction to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary, a provider of flight-proven satellite hardware, the companies announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition strengthens the satellite division of Rocket Lab, which produces the Photon spacecraft line. Sinclair Interplanetary products will become key features of Rocket Lab’s Photon satellite platforms designed for low Earth orbit, lunar, and interplanetary small satellite missions.

Rocket Lab expects to grow Sinclair Interplanetary’s merchant spacecraft components business. The acquisition enables Sinclair Interplanetary to tap into Rocket Lab’s resources, scale, manufacturing capability, and innovative technologies to make world-leading satellite hardware accessible to more customers.

Both companies have built leading space businesses with consistent strong revenue growth. With Sinclair, Rocket Lab will provide the small satellite industry with optimized spacecraft solutions and cohesive launch services.

“When we talk to small satellite operators across the board their challenges are clear: They need to get on orbit faster; they need proven and reliable hardware; and they need the ability to focus on their core business, rather than spending years tied up in hardware development,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO. “Rocket Lab and Sinclair Interplanetary are uniquely suited to solve these challenges and make space easy for our customers.”

“At Sinclair Interplanetary we’ve had the privilege of serving the small satellite community for almost 20 years across diverse and innovative missions,” said Doug Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Interplanetary.
Founded in 2001 by Doug Sinclair, Toronto-based Sinclair Interplanetary develops reliable, best-in-class spacecraft hardware, including reaction wheels and star trackers that support rapid-schedule small satellite programs.

More than 90 satellites incorporating Sinclair hardware have been launched to orbit, including Rocket Lab-launched satellites from AstroDigital, ALE, and BlackSky.