Orbital Technologies Corporation


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Company Profile

Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) is a leading subsystems integrator and high technology development company based in Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC offers commercially mature solutions and strong capabilities in five distinct areas:

• Propulsion, Space Resources, and Energy
• Emergency Response Systems
• Human Support Systems and Instrumentation
• BioProducts and BioProduction Systems
• Interactive 3D Systems and Services

ORBITEC’s broad range of applications and experience allows it to analyze, design, build, integrate, deliver, and manage programs as a turn-key contractor or as an integral systems partner. ORBITEC supports the entire development life cycle of its solutions, from creative concept development and prototyping through full systems deployment including engineering, structural, thermal, fluid and reliability analyses, fabrication, manufacturing, testing and verification, modeling, simulation, and complete mechanical, electrical, and software design.
Business Sectors
Pharmaceuticals   Human Diagnostics  
Med or Lab Devices   Lab Reagents or Services  
Drug Manufacturing   Food & Agribusiness  
CRO   Bioinformatics or Software  
Company History
ORBITEC began operations in 1988, led by Dr. Eric E. Rice, Mr. Ronald R. Teeter, and Mr. Thomas M. Crabb. Initially working in their homes, the three founders rapidly gathered talented engineering and science teams, several from the University of Wisconsin. Awarded nearly 300 contracts worth more than $170 million during its over 20 years in operation, ORBITEC has been profitable since its second year. Although headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, it has additional facilities in Middleton and Baraboo, Wisconsin. ORBITEC’s successful method for creating and implementing new technologies has yielded consistent customer satisfaction, bolstered by its expert technical staff, facilities, and equipment. ORBITEC was awarded the two largest Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) Phase III implementation contracts in NASA’s history for development of spaceflight hardware for the International Space Station.

Sierra Nevada Corporation acquired Orbitec in July 2014.
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Address 1212 Fourier Drive, Space Center
[Map] Madison
Phone 608-827-5000
Fax 608-827-5050
Website Link
Head Eric E. Rice, PhD
Company Statistics
Global Headcount 77
Local Headcount 77
Year Founded 1988
Ownership Subsidiary
Stock Exchange

Parent Company
Divisional Level
Senior Level Sierra Nevada Corporation
Global Headcount
Website Link
Stock Exchange private
Reference Documents
Corporate Profile
2008 - Corporate Profile [View]
2008 - Orbitec Profiled [View]
2008 - Orbitec to Operate with 5 Business Units [View]