• Transforming space and airborne payloads

    Affordable yet small, powerful and increasingly autonomous domain awareness and protection sensors, space electronics, and C4ISR solutions that provide time-critical knowledge for operational advantage.


    LightRidge Solutions welcomes Trident Systems to our team as we seek to transform the space and C4ISR markets with affordable and increasingly autonomous sensor and processing systems that enable us to ‘See, Say, and Act.’


    Developing tomorrow’s space capabilities, today, with affordable, elegant small payloads to enable the next-generation of distributed space architectures.


    Leading the way with technologically advanced remote sensors for challenging environments.

Who We Are

Affordable yet small and powerful space and airborne sensor solutions that provide national security and commercial customers with time-critical knowledge for operational advantage.

LightRidge Solutions is revolutionizing the space and airborne sensor market


LightRidge Solutions and its operating unit GEOST provide affordable, high performance space payloads in small size, weight and power.

Disruptive in our novel technical, business, and cost approaches, LightRidge’s systems are enabling distributed space architectures. 

Together with associated elements and technologies such as autonomy and machine learning, ground processing, and mission expertise, our solutions provide knowledge to enable decision advantage in and from space.


LightRidge and its operating unit Ophir are leaders in providing high performance airborne advanced laser radar (LIDAR) sensors, affordably and in small form factors.

Entrusted as mission critical systems on some of the highest value military aircraft, our sensors operate in remote, extremely challenging environments.

LightRidge Solutions creates value through new solution combinations in the space and airborne domains, offering scale, access to new markets, and synergies.

The company also provides improved access to capital and investment for internal research and development to bring autonomous domain awareness and protection sensors and other new capabilities to market.

Ready to Work on the next great thing?

LightRidge and its businesses value creative, innovative, and talented people. Join our rapidly growing team and help us solve our customers’ challenging national security problems. 

Latest News

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Trident Systems, a LightRidge Solutions Company and a leader in multi-function space electronics and integrated C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) solutions, is investing $3.7 million to expand capacity at its operation in Fairfax County for the production of space electronic systems for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and U.S. Intelligence Community.
Tucson-area optics firm Geost has been supplying sensor systems for U.S. defense and intelligence satellites since its founding by a University of Arizona optics Ph.D. two decades ago.
GEOST, LLC, a LightRidge Solutions Company, announced today that it has been awarded the opportunity to provide the mission payloads as a subcontractor under prime awardee Sierra Space for the Space Development Agency's (SDA) Tracking Layer Tranche 2 missile warning and tracking satellites.
GEOST, a LightRidge Solutions Company was joined at a ribbon cutting ceremony by Congressman Juan Ciscomani on January 26th, 2024 to commemorate the completion of the company’s expanded production facility.
GEOST has selected the University of Arizona (UA) Tech Park to develop a new testing and deployment site for its ground-based optical collection systems.
“People are realizing that mixed orbits are a more powerful situational awareness tool,” says Bill Gattle.
LightRidge Solutions is pleased to announce that Skip Williams and Jim Congdon are joining our leadership team as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Software Officer, respectively. Their additions will help LightRidge continue to grow and bring innovation to solve our customers’ challenging space and defense problems.
LightRidge Solutions, a portfolio company of ATL Partners and a leading provider of space and defense mission solutions for the U.S. national security community, today announced it has acquired Trident Systems, a premier provider of high-performance space electronics and C4ISR solutions.
LightRidge Solutions, a private equity portfolio, is building space-based assets that offer protection against on-orbit attacks, sensors that can detect the contrails of stealth aircraft, and other ground- and space-based assets.
LightRidge Solutions Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Joshua Hartman argues that a 2026 timeline set by U.S. Space leaders for rapidly fielding space domain awareness tools and capabilities can be achieved if the government looks to lower cost yet highly capable space- based solutions that are available today.
ATL Partners announced the formation of LightRidge Solutions, a portfolio company focused on the development, design and production of small, affordable, high-performance space and airborne sensors and payloads for vital national security needs. LightRidge is comprised of GEOST, a leading provider of high-end space payloads acquired in 2021 and Ophir Corporation, which develops and manufactures advanced airborne laser radar sensors and was acquired in late 2022.