CEO: Michael C. Malin.

Financial data: Not disclosed.

No. of local employees: 30.

Investor: Michael C. Malin.

Headquarters: Sorrento Mesa.

Year founded: 1990.

What makes the company innovative: Builds cameras for use in deep space, and applies commercial electronics to those products.

Key factors for success: Competitive pricing, good scientific thought, continued demand from government customers.

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