Spectrum Astro

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Spectrum Astro
Private
IndustryAerospace, Defense
PredecessorOrbital Science Corp.
Founded1988
FounderW. David Thompson
Headquarters,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Products

Spectrum Astro was a privately held American corporation that designed, manufactured, and sold satellites.[2][3][4][5] Spectrum Astro's, at the time, unique satellite production method was to design and manufacture space satellites, in their entirety, at a single research, design and manufacturing site.[6][7][8] This novel idea allowed for lower cost and more reliable satellites which were able to be fully tested as a whole before launch.[9] The Spectrum Astro plant, located in Gilbert, Arizona, had especially wide hallways and internal bay doors to rooms which allowed for satellites to be easily transported within the building for various stages of design, assembly, and testing.[10][11]

Spectrum Astro was founded by W. David Thompson in 1988, with $5,000 in cash and a credit card[12][13], and finished its first year in operation with $27,000 in revenue. In 2004, the company was sold to General Dynamics.[14][15][16][17][18] General Dynamics then sold its space division, to include what was Spectrum Astro, to Orbital Science Corp..[19][20][21] Orbital Science Corp merged with parts of Alliant Techsystems to form Orbital ATK.[22][23] On June 5, 2018, Northrup Grumman absorbed Orbital ATK and it became Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.[24][25][26]

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  1. ^ "Programs and Products"
  2. ^ "Spaceborne Microwave Instrument for High Resolution Remote Sensing of the Earth's Surface Using a Large-Aperature Mesh Antenna" (PDF). ntrs.nasa.gov. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Spectrum Astro Built Coriolis Spacecraft Moves to Launch Pad". spaceref.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
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  6. ^ "Construction Underway on Spectrum Astro's 'Factory of the Future'". buildings.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "gilbert spectrum - Gilbert Arizona Economic Development" (PDF). gilbertedi.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Development of an Ion Thruster and Power Processor for New Millennium's Deep Space 1 Mission" (PDF). ntrs.nasa.gov. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Spectrum Astro's new Gilbert facility is operational". bizjournals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Spectrum Astro opens 'factory of the future' amid uncertain outlook". bizjournals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Spacecraft Erasable Disk Mass Memory (EDMM)". digitalcommons.usu.edu. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "General Dynamics Plans to buy Spectrum Astro | East Valley Tribune". eastvalleytribune.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Spectrum Astro Archives | Space News". spacenews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "General Dynamics finishes buy of Spectrum Astro". washingtontechnology.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "General Dynamics acquires Spectrum Astro". theengineer.co.uk. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "General Dynamics buys Spectrum Astro: Good deal for whom?". thespacereview.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "GD Sees Spectrum Astro as Ticket to Satellite Prime Contracts". spacenews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "General Dynamics Plans to buy Spectrum Astro | East Valley Tribune". eastvalleytribune.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  19. ^ "Orbital ATK's Surprise JPSS-2 Win Means Work for Arizona Plant". spacenews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  20. ^ "Orbital to Acquire General Dynamics' Satellite Development and Manufacturing Business". businesswire.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  21. ^ "Orbital Announces the Closing of Its Acquisition of General Dynamics' Satellite Development and Manufacturing Business". businesswire.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  22. ^ "ATK to merge with Orbital Sciences in $5 billion deal, spin off sports division". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "Gilbert plant to build NASA satellites". azcentral.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  24. ^ "Acquisition of Orbital ATK approved, company renamed Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems". spacenews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  25. ^ "Northrop Grumman highlights benefits of Orbital ATK acquisition". spacenews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  26. ^ "Northrop Grumman Completes Orbital ATK Acquisition, Blake Larson Elected to Lead New Innovation Systems Sector". northropgrumman.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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