The deal, worth $42 million in cash and 1,720,841 shares of the Company’s common stock, plus the potential for an additional 956,023 shares of common stock for a performance earnout based on PSC’s CY 2022 and 2023 financial results, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Rocket Lab, manufacturer of the popular Electron launch vehicle, will integrate PSC’s separation systems and other hardware across its Space Systems division, home to Photon satellite buses and spacecraft components solutions. In return, the smaller company will be able to use Rocket Lab’s resources and manufacturing capability. So far, across more than 100 of PSC’s missions, all have succeeded.
“Having integrated several of PSC’s industry-leading products across our own Electron launches, we’ve seen up close the incredible attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship that sets them apart as industry leaders in launch vehicle and spacecraft separation systems,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab Founder and CEO. “Like Rocket Lab, PSC has a dedication to producing the best products and services that lower costs without compromising on quality and reliability. By combining our engineering expertise and capabilities, Rocket Lab and PSC will continue to pioneer the industry with trusted, mission-critical hardware and services that are cost-effective and streamline access to space.”
Rocket Lab will continue to offer its own Maxwell satellite dispenser across ground, launch, satellite design and build, flight software and GNC, as well as expand the company’s in-house merchant space hardware repertoire. PSC will also continue to work with its existing customers and vendors.
“PSC started 23 years ago as a one-person company in the living room of a row house in Washington, DC,” said Holemans. “Thanks to a super talented team and a lot of hard work, we accomplished our mission of delivering high value technologies to our customers. Now, we are delighted to be joining the team at Rocket Lab to deliver the next evolution in space systems.”
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