Specializing in the design, manufacture, integration,
test, and operation of small satellites
and spacecraft.


AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets has acquired Adcole Maryland Aerospace (“AMA”) in March of 2020. Established in 1957, AMA has been at the forefront of space exploration since its beginning, providing satellite components that are integral to the mission success of hundreds of low-earth orbit (LEO), geosynchronous (GEO) and interplanetary spacecraft. By combining new space technologies with a proven heritage in space flight, AMA is uniquely qualified to meet the complexity and demands of today’s growing and evolving space industry. The Company’s core capabilities include the design and manufacture of mission-critical, high reliability optical sensors for satellites providing guidance, navigation, situational awareness, and control capabilities. Key products include sun sensors, star trackers, and star cameras. AMA has been an essential part of many space missions including voyages to Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, and its customers include the Department of Defense as well as other government agencies and leading private companies in aerospace and defense.

In order to best align the products, know-how, and history of innovation for the company, the organization is now known as Adcole Space.


From Idea to Orbit: Adcole Maryland Aerospace specializes in all phases of small spacecraft systems including the design, manufacture, integration, test, and mission operations.

We combine decades of space engineering expertise with technological innovations to deliver reliable spacecraft  in shorter time frames at a lower cost. Read more »


Established in 1957: Adcole has been at the forefront of space exploration since the very beginning, providing sun sensors for spacecraft attitude control that have been integral to the mission success of hundreds of LEO, GEO and interplanetary spacecraft.

Learn more about our mission success and upcoming missions here. Read more »


Adcole Maryland Aerospace manufacturers cost-effective, versatile, and reliable CubeSats in 3U, 6U, and 12U sizes. As MAI, we produced the first self-contained CubeSat attitude determination and control system in 2009, and have delivered more CubeSat attitude control systems than any other vendor since that time— over 140 and counting! Read more »


We Bring Decades of High Reliability, Rad-Hard Design Expertise to New Space Systems and ADACS.

Quality First: There are no second chances in space. You need a partner with proven track record to give your mission the greatest chance of success.

Adcole Maryland Aerospace has state of the art manufacturing facilities uniquely equipped to design and manufacture spacecraft and spacecraft components for today’s missions. We have been recognized for our commitment to quality and test, earning Supplier of the Year awards from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Electric, Northrop Grumman, and many other aerospace industry leaders.