Related companies Orbital Systems, Ltd. and Quorum Communications, Inc., leaders in the design and manufacture of ground-based full-motion antenna products for communications applications, have been acquired by Communications & Power Industries (“CPI”).

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Orbital Systems is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of ground station antenna systems used for Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C), Earth Observation Satellite Direct Broadcast (EOS DB) reception, RADAR, Search & Rescue (SARSAT), and custom tracking applications.  Orbital Systems offers antenna positioners and integrated RF subsystems in Ka-, X-, S-, and L- bands with single or multi-band feeds, upconverters, downconverters, HPAs, and control systems.  Orbital Systems’ product focus is on reliability, safety, and accuracy for LEO and MEO satellite tracking systems.  Orbital Systems sells directly to customers and through established certified resellers and systems integrators.

Also headquartered in Irving, Texas, Quorum Communications provides solutions to the satellite remote sensing market and equipment used to receive and process satellite data such as microwave receivers, demodulators, downconverters and feeds.  Quorum Communications sells to customers in the research, university and government markets worldwide.

CPI is a global designer and manufacturer of electronic components, subsystems and technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals.  CPI focuses on applications and customers in the communications, defense, medical, industrial and scientific markets.  The acquisition of Orbital Systems and Quorum Communications enables CPI to offer commercial and government customers a comprehensive range of limited-motion and full-motion antenna products. The acquired companies will be integrated into CPI’s Antenna Systems Division, bringing proven, reliable, innovative and synergistic technology and products to an already broad portfolio of advanced antenna products for communications, telemetry and radar applications:

“Orbital Systems’ and Quorum Communications’ antenna products are thoughtfully designed for very high reliability and ease of operation, even in the harsh environments to which earth observation antennas are subject.  Additionally, the companies have demonstrated a winning combination of extensive systems-level expertise, well-chosen antenna pedestal technology, reasonably priced solutions, and a forward-facing architecture designed to address opportunities for satellite communications programs with medium earth orbit and low earth orbit satellite customers,” said Tony Russell, president of CPI Antenna Systems Division. “Their approach, products and technology are an excellent complement to CPI’s existing antenna product offerings.”

Philpott Ball & Werner, LLC served as investment banker to Orbital Systems and Quorum Communications.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  For more information about this transaction, please contact PB&W Managing Director Ted Werner at or Director Erik Appareti at