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The private equity firm behind satellite-sensor maker GEOST has created LightRidge, a 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 made up of Geost and Ophir, which makes airborne laser radar sensors.

GEOST has won two U.S. Space Force contracts to develop an optical sensor payload that can be hosted on government or commercial satellites to scan the geostationary belt

The U.S. Space Force has awarded GEOST a $32 million contract modification for prototype space domain awareness payloads which will be hosted on a number of different satellites.

ATL Partners announced it has made a majority investment in GEOST, a leading designer and integrator of small-to-medium sized electro-optical/infrared sensors for high-value, national security space missions.

Space surveillance sensor supplier Geost acquired by private equity firm ATL Partners

New York-based ATL Partners has acquired Geost, an Arizona firm that makes sensors that can watch and protect satellites from threatening spacecraft