Payload Dispenser Systems.
Which ever payload dispenser system being utilized trusting your dispenser with a release system that has never flown could be a costly endeavor. The good news is our satellite separation and deployment system has launched. Our system is successfully used today on spacecraft payload dispensing systems for satellite separation and release. We have deployed multiple small satellites in space, particularly LEO, with distribution occurring on-orbit into their respective mission orbits.
Challenges and Solutions in Satellite Deployment
The environment once you leave earth’s atmosphere is extremely harsh. Counting on devices to work outside this atmosphere requires years of experience. We have that experience and expertise. Operational in any environment, our system is also adaptable to non-explosive or pyrotechnic devices providing reliable functioning, on command, when commanded and all programmed to mission specific requirements.
Critical to mission success, our proven and reliable satellite separation and release system allows for a wide range of release device options. Including:
We configure and tailor the system to the device working best for its mission. Functioning, on time and only when it’s time, with a clean and precise satellite separation and release.
If you would like to see our system in action, please watch this OneWeb satellite launch, at 51 seconds you will see the upper stage release the in space on command, when commanded. That’s reliability in action.
With three types of earth orbits, satellites launch most commonly into Low Earth Orbit or LEO. The height of the orbit, or distance between the satellite and Earth’s surface, determines how quickly the satellite moves around the Earth. An Earth-orbiting satellite’s motion is mostly controlled by Earth’s gravity. As satellites get closer to Earth, the pull of gravity gets stronger, and the satellite moves more quickly. The amount of energy required to launch a satellite into orbit depends on the location of the launch site and how high and how inclined the orbit is. Satellites in high Earth orbit require the most energy to reach their destination. Satellites in a highly inclined orbit, such as a polar orbit, take more energy than a satellite that circles the Earth over the equator. A satellite with a low inclination can use the Earth’s rotation to help boost it into orbit. For a more detailed description visit our friends at the European Space Agency. And, for an interesting example of two satellites in one orbit, read this NOAA article regarding polar orbits.
Why does this matter?
With a configured system like ours, depending upon the launch vehicle and the dispensing system, we are able to provide precise on-orbit placement of the satellites, exactly where and when. With so many options, we can get you where you want, when you want.