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General Atomics has announced the acquisition of Tiger Innovations, a Herndon, Virginia small business focused primarily on satellite systems, and related hardware and software.

Tiger Innovations will be integrated into the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) group and will enhance the GA-EMS offerings in the area of cutting-edge advancements in satellite systems and extensive experience in custom hardware and software implementation.

Speaking about the acquisition, GlobalData defence analyst Sai Kiran stated: “General Atomics’ recent developments have been focused on diversifying its space explorations and small satellites business. The acquisition of Tiger Innovations will further help General Atomics to diversify its product offering in spacecraft avionics and CubeSats market. GlobalData anticipates that CubeSats, along with new launch capabilities and anti-satellite weapons, will drive the market for space systems in the aerospace and defence sector. Global defence forces will benefit from the commercialisation of space defence systems in terms of cost and improved capabilities.”

Scott Forney, President of GA-EMS added: “Acquiring Tiger Innovations strengthens our space systems capabilities. Tiger Innovations has made significant advancements in low-SWaP [size, weight, and power] optimised satellite and space systems for a range of US Government customers. With this acquisition, we expand our footprint in northern Virginia and now have a robust coast-to-coast space systems development infrastructure, increasing our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions of any scale on-orbit and on time.”

Founded in 1997, Tiger Innovations, Inc. is a high technology company with a comprehensive range of experience in specialty software, hardware, and computer architecture design and implementation. The firm specializes in the application of hardware and software design for real-time embedded systems (spacecraft and long-range airborne communication and control processors), custom software product integration for multiple workstations, and the development of satellite systems and support components.

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