Space Market


  • Slip rings
  • Limited angular rotary joints
  • Micro bioreactors 


Typical Space applications

  • Solar array drive mechanisms
  • Radiometers
  • Control momentum gyros
  • Centrifuges
  • Antenna pointing mechanisms
  • Drilling mechanisms
  • Despin mechanism
  • Life science experimentation under microgravity


Telecommunication satellites constitute 60% of the activity of the whole space industry. The market for communication satellites has been expanding at the substantial rate of 5–6% per year. Today, more than 250 satellites provide over 20 000 television programmes from geostationary orbit. Millions of sites are connected by satellite using small interactive terminals. Three operational low Earth orbit constellations (Globalstar, Iridium, Orbcomm) complement these services.

Communication satellites platforms and payloads are also used as is or as design base for scientific or military satellites. For some specific applications, the platform and the payload must be partially or completely redesigned.

With three decades of experience in space and an impressive flight heritage, RUAG Space Nyon is proud to contribute to the success of the space industry in tight collaboration with the space agencies and the prime manufacturers world wide.