WASHINGTON — Voyager Space announced Oct. 4 it has acquired Valley Tech Systems, a company that developed solid-fueled propulsion for long-range missiles, as well as signal processing and geolocation technologies for the U.S. military.

This is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Denver-based Voyager, founded in 2019 with the goal of becoming a vertically integrated space exploration company.

Voyager said in a statement that the acquisition of Valley Tech Systems, based in Folsom, California, adds important technologies to the company’s portfolio. 

Dylan Taylor, CEO of Voyager Space, said Valley Tech’s controllable solid propulsion and signals-intelligence technologies “can help to solve key pain points for space missions and create a safer and more affordable space ecosystem.”

Valley Tech holds multiple Small Business Innovation Research contracts from the Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army for reaction control systems, next-generation propulsion and active thruster nozzles.

The company is developing a solid-propulsion subsystem for Lockheed Martin’s Next Generation Interceptor missile for the Missile Defense Agency. Valley Tech will provide a booster rocket roll control subsystem to assist in stabilizing the NGI missile’s flight trajectory.

Unlike conventional solid systems that do not regulate ballistic thrust performance, controllable solid propulsion technology provides more precision and long-duration approaching those of liquid propellant systems, according to a Valley Tech news release. 

On the signals intelligence side, Valley Tech’s signal processing and geolocation tools, and data analytics are used by the U.S. military. “Our signals intelligence systems enable our customers to transform signal data into information that addresses their intelligence questions,” the company said. 

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as editor of NDIA’s National Defense...