Raven was founded in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1956 as a designer and manufacturer of high-altitude research balloons for the American space program to help solve the great challenges related to space exploration. From that single product line, we grew into a successful and highly diversified technology company.

Today, our purpose to Solve Great Challenges is bold and authentic; it keeps us grounded in markets that have meaning, provide profitable growth, and align with our values. We are focused on these Great Challenges:

  • Feeding a growing population by improving agricultural efficiency around the world
  • Protecting our natural resources
  • Saving and improving lives through advanced situational awareness
  • Connecting the world

Raven Businesses

Today, Raven is organized into three business units. We embrace an integrated approach, where all operations support each other, sharing knowledge and best practices.

Raven Applied Technology

Raven Engineered Films

Raven Aerostar

Our History

At our inception in 1956, we focused on aiding space exploration, and today we make a direct impact in areas of safety, feeding the world, contributing to our energy independence and environmental preservation.


With corporate headquarters in South Dakota, our locations span the nation and extend across the globe.

View a Map of Our Locations

Inside Our Headquarters Building

Take a 360 video tour of our lobby showcase, located in downtown Sioux Falls at Raven's headquarters building.