RUAG Space delivers ground support equipment to Space Systems/Loral
With its recent delivery of a fourth satellite integration platform and a large satel-lite transport container to Space Systems/Loral, RUAG Space in Vienna has suc-cessfully fulfilled another important order from one of the leading US satellite manufacturers.
The special satellite transport container delivered by RUAG Space to the US satellite manufacturer Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto is able to accommodate next-generation telecommunications satellites with a total weight of up to 5.7 metric tons.
Safely packed inside this container, the fragile spacecraft are protected from dust and from fluctuations in humidity and temperature as well as from mechanical vibrations and impact loads during transportation from their integration center to their launch site. Sophisticated computer analysis is required to calculate the container characteristics necessary to guarantee that environmental conditions during satellite transportation are the same as during assembly.
At 12 meters long, 5 meters wide and weighing 16 metric tons, the container fits snugly into the hold of one of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124. This means that even very large satellites can be transported to their launch site quickly and with-out damage. This state-of-the-art satellite transport container is one of the largest ever delivered by RUAG Space in Vienna.
A special mobile integration platform known as a trolley is used during a satellite’s integration and testing phase, not only to move it into the integration hall but also to tilt and turn it in every direction and so improve access to its individual components. The integration platforms delivered to Space Systems/Loral boast an excellent ratio of pay-load weight to platform weight and are able to carry satellites weighing up to 5.5 metric tons.
After initial deliveries in 2008 and 2009, this important follow-up order from the biggest US manufacturer of commercial telecommunications satellites has now been success-fully fulfilled with the delivery of a fourth satellite integration platform and a second sat-ellite transport container. This further strengthens RUAG Space’s position in the US market.