Redwire Acquires Deployable Area Programs (DSS), a Main Provider of Area Mission-Enabling Deployable Solar Arrays, Constructions and Mechanisms

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Redwire acquires Deployable Space Systems (DSS), a leading provider of space mission-enabling deployable solar arrays, structures and mechanisms

Press release from: Redwire
Posted on Tuesday 23rd Feb 2021

Redwire, a new leader in mission-critical space solutions and highly reliable components for the next-generation space economy, announced today that it has acquired Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS), a leading provider of mission-capable, deployable solar systems, structures, and structures Mechanisms for space applications. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“DSS has an unmatched reputation for innovative deployable space technologies and infrastructures, and that fits perfectly with Redwire’s technology portfolio,” said Peter Cannito, Chairman and CEO of Redwire. “These new features will expand our range of space infrastructure solutions and offer our customers even greater added value.”

“Redwire has the vision, resources, reputation and relationships to take DSS to the next level and we are excited to join the team at this critical stage in our business growth,” said Brian Spence, president and co-founder of DSS . “As part of Redwire, we will be able to better serve our customers and scale our capabilities to support demand while maintaining our culture of innovation and our strong commitment to delivering the highest value to our customers.”

“As DSS has contracts with the largest aerospace companies today, Redwire will provide us with the size and breadth of services needed to secure even more competitive projects in the industry,” said Steve White, vice president and co-founder of DSS .

DSS was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Goleta, California. The company is the leading developer and supplier of satellite mechanisms, deployable structures and booms, and deployable solar array systems for the global space market. The company’s key products include deployable solar array systems, deployable structural and mechanical systems, and supporting subsystems. These include the award-winning and patented roll-out solar array that NASA will use to upgrade the International Space Station’s solar arrays later this year. In collaboration with its customers, DSS designs, analyzes, creates, tests and delivers the latest deployable technologies and innovative products that are implemented in the Department of Defense, NASA and in commercial programs.

DSS is the seventh acquisition by Redwire. Redwire has built an innovative portfolio of functions for space infrastructure through the strategic acquisitions of Adcole Space, Deep Space Systems, Made In Space, Roccor, LoadPath and Oakman Aerospace. Redwire was founded in June 2020 by AE Industrial Partners, LP (AEI), a private equity firm specializing in the aerospace, defense, aerospace and government services, power generation and specialty industries markets.

“Redwire and AEI have focused on identifying innovative companies that are critical to enabling sustainable space infrastructure. DSS ‘dominance in innovative deployable solar systems and structures is a valuable addition to Redwire’s technology portfolio,” said Kirk Konert , Partner at AEI. “We are excited about Redwire’s strategic growth as an industry leader in space infrastructure.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to Redwire. Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP was the legal advisor to DSS.

About Redwire

Redwire is a new leader in mission critical space solutions and highly reliable components for the next generation space economy. With its decades of aviation heritage and the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to support its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions. Please visit www.redwirespace.com for more information.

Information on deployable space systems

Deployable Space Systems (DSS) is a leading supplier of satellite mechanisms, deployable structures and booms, and deployable solar array systems for the global space market. The DSS product portfolio includes the award-winning and patented ROSA (Roll-Out Solar Array), Integrated Modular Blanket Assembly; Aladdin Solar Array Technologies, Rigid Panel, and Functional Advanced Concentrator Technology; a variety of resilient and articulated extendible structures and booms, open lattice booms, telescopic booms; and a variety of mission mechanisms for space applications. DSS was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Goleta, California. Further information can be found at www.dss-space.com.

About AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in the aerospace, defense, aerospace and government services, power generation and specialty industries markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from their extensive industry knowledge, operating experience and relationships in all target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Learn more at www.aeroequity.com.

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