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General Atomics buys optics specialist Guidestar Optical Systems

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General Atomics announced on October 28 that it completed the acquisition of Guidestar Optical Systems, Inc., a company specializing in adaptive optics technologies for commercial and defense uses.

The business will be integrated into the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) group, the company said.

Guidestar Optical Systems’ innovations in adaptive optics align with GA-EMS’ focus on delivering technologies for the defense and space markets.

“We are excited to bring the Guidestar team on board to further enhance our diverse portfolio of laser technologies,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Guidestar’s expertise in adaptive optics has led to significant advancements in laser communications, high-energy laser technologies, ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance), and atmospheric measurement and forecasting. This acquisition expands our ability to design, build, test, and deliver an extensive set of optical technologies to our customers.”

Founded in 2013, Guidestar Optical Systems is an optical systems research and development company focused on the design and development of innovative optical solutions for uses in directed energy, free space laser communications, and sensing and imaging through optical turbulence.