Outline History of Astronics Test Systems
1950 Racal Ltd. founded in UK (later Racal Electronics Group PLC)
1959 Racal Instruments founded as part of Racal Electronics Group PLC
1961 Dana Labs founded in California
1974 DME Corporation founded in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1977 Racal Electronics Group PLC buys Dana Labs and forms Racal-Dana, Inc.
1990 Racal-Dana, Inc changes its name to Racal Instruments, Inc.
1992 DME Corporation opens office in Orlando, FL
2000 Thomson-CSF acquires the entire Racal Electronics Group of companies, including Racal Instruments, Inc.
2000 Thomson-CSF changes its name to Thales
2001 Racal Instruments, Inc. becomes an independent company after a leveraged buyout from Thales
2004 EADS North America acquires Racal Instruments, Inc. and combines it with the former Access Research Corp (ARC) to form EADS North America Defense Test and Services, Inc.
2005 EADS North America acquires Talon Instruments and folds it into EADS North America Defense Test and Services, Inc.
2008 The word "Defense" is dropped from the company name and EADS North America Test and Services becomes a division of EADS North America
2008 DME Corporation acquired by Astronics Corporation and renamed Astronics DME Corporation
2009 TYX, an EADS North America company, is folded into EADS North America Test and Services
2010 EADS North America acquires Trig-Tek, Inc. and folds it into EADS North America Test and Services
2014 Astronics Corporation acquires EADS North America Test and Services, and combines it with the Astronics DME Orlando office to form Astronics Test Systems