On Tuesday, September 14, another 34 OneWeb internet satellites have been separated from the Soyuz launch vehicle and placed into orbit with a dispenser from RUAG Space. With this, the Swiss-based space supplier has successfully placed 1,031 satellites into orbit. The RUAG Space separation systems are being produced at the firm’s site in Linköping, Sweden, and the 34 OneWeb satellites were launched with a separation system on a dispenser that was manufactured by RUAG Space. The dispenser system makes it possible to separate multiple satellites at a time in a specific sequence in order to exactly attain the correct orbit.
“When it comes to satellite separations we are leading the market for commercial launch vehicles. Successfully deploying more than 1000 satellites in orbit underlines our leading position in this field and especially in the fast-growing New Space and constellation market,” said Holger Wentscher, Vice President Program Launchers at RUAG Space. “We can offer a 100% success rate and are able to meet customer expectations in the extreme environment of space. We meet customer expectations in extreme environments. Our separation systems ensure that satellite and rocket remain securely attached to one another during the tough journey into space, and then deliver the valuable payloads into orbit with precision.”
RUAG Space is a world leader for satellite separation systems for commercial launch vehicles. All of the more than 1,000 satellite separations have been carried out with a 100 percent success rate. They are the result of an advanced position in the commercial space industry and a long and trusted collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
RUAG Space is a leading supplier to the space industry in Europe and has a growing presence in the United States. Around 1,300 employees across six countries (Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Germany, USA and Finland) develop and manufacture products for satellites and launch vehicles—for both the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is part of RUAG International, a Swiss technology group, which is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec.