Rocket Lab is buying Sinclair Interplanetary, a Toronto-based spacecraft hardware maker, according tomedia reports. The company has provided hardware for more than 90 satellites sent into orbit to date, including Astro Digital, BlackSky, ALE and Rocket Lab itself.
Sinclair has also been involved in the Light Sail2 project at The Planetary Society, an experimental spacecraft developed by a non-profit organization designed to demonstrate the ability to operate in space with energy generated by solar energy alone.
The acquisition will help strengthen Rocket Lab’s own satellite division. The department is understood to be responsible for the photon spacecraft line the company announced last year. Photon is an extension of Rocket Lab’s existing mission service package, which provides customers with small satellites to carry their own payloads and for Rocket Lab to design, build and launch its own spacecraft.
At the same time, Sinclair will continue to provide its original services to its customers, and Rocket Lab says it will even bring additional resources to develop Sinclair’s already powerful commercial spacecraft components business.