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Thursday, July 5, 2012

ITT Buys Signal Sensor Manufacturer

ITT Exelis completed the acquisition of Space Computer Corp., a privately owned firm that produces real time signal processing systems, software and algorithms for the full exploitation of hyperspectral sensor data.

Hyperspectral sensors are installed on a large number of satellites, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and are employed to detect and locate hidden or obscured targets, to cue other sensors for further verification, and to downlink data in real time to analysts and other end users. Space Computer, which will become a part of Exelis Geospatial Systems, has provided technology for nearly every U.S. military hyperspectral sensor produced since 1996. In 2011, the company posted revenues of $14.1 million and currently employs about 37 people at its Los Angeles facility.

“Space Computer Corporation’s solutions address the challenge of data processing, an area of concern for a wide variety of our existing customers, as well as the military and intelligence communities overall,” said S. Danny Rajan, director of emerging offerings, Exelis Geospatial Systems. “This acquisition aligns well with both our business strategy to be the leading provider of data processing, exploitation and dissemination solutions and with our desire to grow our technical capability in helping customers collect critical data and expediently process it to support decision-making.”

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