Hamilton Sundstrand to acquire Orbital’s sensors

United Technologies’ Hamilton Sundstrand division is to acquire the Sensor Systems Division of Orbital Sciences in a deal valued at approximately $20 million.

United Technologies’ Hamilton Sundstrand division is to acquire the Sensor Systems Division of Orbital Sciences Corporation in a cash transaction valued at approximately $20 million.

The transaction will be final pending government and regulatory approvals.

Sensor Systems produces specialised instruments for the space, defence and industrial markets, including subsystems for the International Space Station and for nuclear submarines. Other Sensor Systems products detect chemical/biological contaminants and monitor industrial processes.

Based in Pomona, California, the company employs about 250 people. Its Year 2000 revenues were approximately $35 million.

The new business will be integrated with Windsor Locks-based Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, led by Ed Francis, vice president and general manager. The companies have many of the same customers, including NASA, Boeing and the US and British navies.

‘Hamilton Sundstrand will now be able to offer NASA and Navy customers complete systems to monitor and control the environment on spacecraft and in nuclear submarines. Sensor Systems produces a modular mass spectrometer that monitors the atmosphere on the International Space Station to assure crew safety, while Hamilton Sundstrand supplies life support and environmental control systems for the station and is developing the oxygen generation system,’ said Jim Gingrich, President of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Flight Systems & Services segment.