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Satellite Technology Asia (SATTECH) 2008

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:11 pm
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(Arianespace) – Arianespace is developing new launch services solutions for payloads on missions to other than geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), utilizing the additional flexibility provided by its newest launcher family members – Soyuz and Vega.

These opportunities were outlined by Richard Bowles, director of the company’s ASEAN Office, at the Satellite Technology Asia 2008 conference, which was held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow and included Arianespace as a gold sponsor.

One example Bowles cited is a structure to accommodate small secondary payloads on launches with the medium-lift Soyuz. Called the ASAP-S, this system continues the auxiliary platform concept previously developed for Ariane missions – which carried Asian and other international payloads that included Kitsat for Korea and Japan’s LDREX (Large Scale Deployable Reflector Experiment).

ASAP-S is being designed specifically for Arianespace’s use on Soyuz flights from Europe’s Spaceport, and has external positions for 4 micro-satellites, along with volume inside the center structure for a fifth payload. The ASAP-S’ external configuration accommodates spacecraft weighing up to 200 kg., while the internal position is designed to accept a payload with a maximum mass of 400 kg.

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