RUAG Space products are chosen by today’s leading launch service providers. We have equipped every Ariane rocket with payload fairings since the very first launch in 1979, and our composite structures feature onboard American Atlas rockets. RUAG Space adapters and separation systems ensure there is a safe connection between satellite and rocket.
Payload Fairings and Launch Vehicle Structures
RUAG Space is the world’s leading supplier of composite technology payload fairings. Payload fairings are mounted at the tip of the launch vehicle to protect the satellites during the ascent and to make the shape of the rocket more aerodynamic.
RUAG Space produces the payload fairings for the European launch vehicles Ariane 5 and Vega and the American Atlas-V-500, and supplies the smaller Atlas-V-400 with the Interstage-Adapter ISA-400, a composite structure that connects the main stage and upper stage of the rocket. Our payload fairings have been used in over 220 rocket launches to date, and have never failed.
Payload Adapters and Separation Systems
RUAG Space is the world leader for payload adapters and separation systems used on commercial launch vehicles. 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. Our modular adapters mean that nearly all satellites can be fitted to almost every type of launcher.
RUAG Space equips Antares, Ariane, Atlas, Delta, Proton, Souyz and Zenit rockets. To achieve optimum performance, payload adapters are manufactured, as required, from aluminum or carbon fiber composites. Over 450 separations have been carried out in orbit using RUAG systems, with a 100 percent success rate.
Sounding Rocket Guidance
RUAG Space offers a range of products for sounding rocket guidance and for sounding rocket payload attitude control. RUAG systems are also currently used by NASA for their sounding rocket projects as well as on board ESA Maxus rockets.