History

Our History

Flam & Russell LogoORBIT/FR is an American born enterprise. Its story begins in 1980 when noted antenna engineer Richard Flam created Flam & Russell, Inc (FR).  FR originated as an engineering firm providing solutions and services to the defense and commercial markets.  As the company grew, it became a pioneer of antenna and RCS measurement techniques. FR's accomplishments include creating the first network analyzer-based RCS system in 1984, delivering the first PC-based FR944 manual pattern recorder in 1986, and expanding their product line to include the FR959 fully-automated measurement suite.  Over the years, FR engineers contributed to the advancement of technology in the areas of commercial aviation, space and medical equipment.

In 1985, Orbit Advanced Technologies, Inc was formed to focus on the design and development of high performance positioning subsystems and components.

ORBIT/FRIn the mid-90's, FR and Orbit Advanced Technologies merged to form ORBIT/FR, headquartered in Horsham, PA.  At the same time, Orbit/FR became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange (ORFR).  Three additional subsidiaries were created: ORBIT/FR Engineering, Ltd, ORBIT/FR-Europe GmbH, and Advanced ElectroMagnetics (AEMI). 

 

In March 2008, the Microwave Vision Group (MVG) was formed after SATIMO acquired the majority stock ownership of ORBIT/FR.  Since then, the Group has maintained consistent growth and innovation. Our combined strengths and unique portfolio provides our customers with the widest and most comprehensive line of products and solutions available today.

The ORBIT/FR Solution

ORBIT/FR provides our customers with flexible and reliable solutions for their complex microwave test and measurement needs. We focus our efforts and resources on developing state-of-the-art microwave test and measurement systems and products that incorporate specialized technologies and expertise.

Our customers have a need for microwave test and measurement systems and products but often do not have the in-house capabilities to develop, or the desire to develop, such systems and products themselves.

ORBIT/FR’s systems and products provide customers with cost-effective and user-friendly solutions to their microwave test and measurement needs, thus allowing them to remain focused on their core competencies.

We offer a wide range of standard and custom microwave test and measurement solutions for specialized aerospace/defense-related testing, cellular/PCS handset testing, cellular base station testing, satellite testing and automotive testing.

Our products include test and measurement software, microwave receivers, positioner subsystems and controllers, as well as other microwave products and a full line of RF absorbing materials, all of which are typically incorporated into our systems.

Our engineers and technical staff use their broad expertise to assess and understand their customers’ specific microwave test and measurement needs, process orders quickly, keep delivery time to a minimum, provide comprehensive customer support and release new software on a regular basis.