Vista Photonics was established in 2003 by Dr. Jeffrey S. Pilgrim for the purpose of research and development of laser based trace gas sensors. Vista Photonics has developed world-class laser sensing techniques and incorporates them into commercial instrumentation for high-performance optical detection technologies. We develop technologies in markets where we can offer a clear competitive advantage and through strategic partnerships with established instrumentation manufacturers. The research staff has extensive experience in the development of optical trace gas detection instrumentation. The Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program has provided numerous opportunities for Vista Photonics to partner with government agencies to grow its research and manufacturing business. In addition to NASA, customers include the Department of Energy, EPA, USDA, and the Department of Defense (Navy).
The hard work of our staff was rewarded when NASA announced during a press conference televised on NASA TV on May 22, 2013 that Vista Photonics had been selected to design and build a multi-gas analyzer to be sent to the International Space Station via the Soyuz on November 6, 2013. The analyzer was turned on February 3, 2014 and functioned perfectly! Since then, we have continued to grow as a NASA contractor with several projects currently in progress. The original press release can be read here.
Vista Photonics has also been recognized as a growth and technology leader. In November 2015, Vista Photonics was selected to be on the New Mexico Private 100 list of top privately owned business in New Mexico for the fourth year in a row. The company was chosen as one of only 10 to be profiled at the annual luncheon. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Vista Photonics was chosen by the University of Georgia Alumni Association Bulldog 100 - Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses in recognition of its ownership by UGA alumni and its rate of growth for the last three years. The New Mexico Technology Flying 40 recognizes the state's largest and fastest growing companies in the technology sector. Companies are ranked according to revenues and percentage growth in revenues. Vista Photonics, Inc. has been on the list five times since 2010. On June 10, 2010, Vista Photonics was selected as one of three Business Excellence Award winners. The award is sponsored by Century Bank and presented at the annual Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Awards event. Winners are chosen according to company size and excellence in four areas: business growth, significant accomplishments during the year, excellence in customer service and unique or visionary business practices.