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Lockheed Martin offers to buy startup satellite maker Terran Orbital

Lockheed Martin now has submitted an offer to buy the startup satellite maker Terran Orbital for $293 million.

Lockheed Martin has submitted a nonbinding offer to buy satellite maker Terran Orbital’s 223 million outstanding shares for $1 each and pay $70 million for its outstanding warrants.

Lockheed Martin also offered to cover about $313 million of the company’s outstanding debt.

Lockheed already owns 28.3% of Terran Orbital, and uses the satellite maker to produce its military satellites, so this deal seems a good fit. It also fits the overall long term strategy of Lockheed, which has been investing in a number of other startups (such as rocket startups Rocket Lab and ABL). The company has clearly seen the future. Rather than continue working like an old-style bloated big space company, it has been using these new companies as models for its future work.

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  • John

    Or are they buying up the competition so that only the old ways remain? Maybe they need to add people that have not been destroyed and demoralized by the old ways and can actually design and build something? The taxpayer spice must flow.

  • John: What you suggest is of course a possibility, since without doubt there are people at Lockheed who don’t like the new ways. However, the company’s management has mostly shown full support for the new ways. It is its financing that helped make Rocket Lab exist. Its approach to satellite-making has been very creative and open to new ways. Unlike Boeing, it has shown great flexibility in dealing with the new competition, using it rather than fighting it.

  • Dave Walden

    In the endless battles between resistance to change and its embrace, it is never actually “won.” Each side only receives “aid” – foreign or domestic. With – in this case, the “foreign” of endless value!

  • wayne

    question: how much revenue does Lockheed Martin make from weapons sales?

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