Zurich, 17 April 2018. RUAG’s new constellation series is developed to meet the new space requirements of low cost, and high performance. With the use of standard components (COTS: commercial-off the-shelf) and by driving automated processes, the product supplier has enabled high volumes of production in short periods of time.
“We want to be the supplier of choice for satellite constellations – now and in the future,” says Peter Guggenbach, CEO RUAG Space.
While this electronics series is new, RUAG Space is already known for being a supplier on a full range of mechanical products to constellations. RUAG already supplies structures, thermal insulation, and dispensers for constellations.
Products for LEO digital payload and platform
By now adding this low-cost series for electronics, RUAG Space offers a full range of products for the LEO constellation digital payload – including low-noise amplifiers, digital processors, solid state power amplifiers, as well as active antennas with beamforming networks.
When it comes to the platform, the product range includes COTS based onboard computers, payload interface units, and most recently added, COTS based navigation receivers.
“At RUAG, we are ready to invest, in order to offer technology that can meet the requirements of tomorrow’s satellites,” continues Peter Guggenbach. “With this new electronics series, we are offering our partners an additional path to affordability of their satellites.”
From flight heritage to new space needs
A perfect example is one of RUAG’s core products, the computer – helping to control the satellite. Several hundred computer units have flown on commercial and institutional missions, such as Iridium NEXT (payload interface unit) or the Galileo navigation network (on-board computer). By applying COTS components and automating steps in the manufacturing process, RUAG can achieve significantly less cost.
“Our COTS computer has more than 10 times the performance at a fraction of the price compared to traditional computers for space. This is how we position our customers to lead the way in new space,” says Mats Warstedt, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space.
About RUAG Space
RUAG Space is a leading supplier to the space industry, with engineering and manufacturing capabilities in both the US and Europe. With close to 1,400 staff, it provides products for satellites and launch vehicles – playing a key role both in the commercial and institutional space market. Its portfolio comprises electronics for satellites and launchers, mechanical and thermal products for satellites, as well as launcher structures and separation systems. RUAG Space is a division of the international technology Group RUAG.