• 18.04.2018
  • Space
  • Media release

York Space Systems and RUAG Space Partner for Complete Space Deployment Solution

Aerospace company continues to grow partner network to offer turn-key space solutions through latest agreement with industry leading supplier...

DENVER, Colo., April 18, 2018 – York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, today announced a partnership with RUAG Space, a leading product supplier for satellites and launchers, to become York’s sole supplier of separation systems for the S-CLASS spacecraft platform. As part of the collaboration, RUAG will develop a customized separation system for York’s first mission, the Harbinger Mission, which will be launched later this year.

The partnership, unveiled at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., will further enable York to offer commercial companies a turn-key solution for rapid and affordable complete space collection deployment solutions. This new agreement with RUAG to become York’s preferred spacecraft separation system, further demonstrates the additional value gained by end customers through its growing network of partners across the segment.

“RUAG is very well respected in the aerospace community and to have a company with such an extensive track record of success select York Space Systems as a partner, really validates the hard work of our team,” said Dirk Wallinger, CEO at York Space Systems. “We’re looking forward to working together on the Harbinger Mission this fall, as well as using RUAG’s separation systems for many future missions to come.”

As the leading supplier of products for the space industry across the world, RUAG Space develops payload adapters and separation systems used on many commercial launch vehicles. With a 100 percent success rate to date, RUAG’s separation system will securely attach York’s payloads to any launch vehicle during its journey to space and deliver it safely to orbit with precision.

“RUAG can reflect on more than 640 successful in-orbit separations, and offers a product range that meets the needs of all types of satellites. With York Space Systems, we have found a valued partner in the small satellite industry, and we can play a major role in in the rapid launch capability that is on the rise,” said Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space.  “York’s S-CLASS platform is extremely versatile across missions and launch vehicles, and as such requires an equally flexible product supply. Jointly, we are able to meet the demands of today’s market.”

York Space Systems’ S-CLASS platform is a critical and enabling part of the space segment infrastructure, which is required to support today’s increased launch cadence. With monthly and weekly launches planned through multiple launch providers, and through quick and low-cost production of the S-CLASS platform, York is well-positioned to meet this demand. York remains on track to launch its first mission, the Harbinger Mission, this fall.

RUAG Space is an expert in satellite separations using Payload Adapter Systems, Dispensers and Separation Systems. They are used for major commercial and institutional launches in the US and Europe.

To learn more about York Space Systems and the S-CLASS platform, please visit: https://www.yorkspacesystems.com/

About York Space Systems

York Space Systems was founded to radically improve spacecraft affordability and reliability, transforming and enabling next generation space mission operations worldwide, Today, it is one of the most innovative aerospace companies, specializing in both end-to-end customer solutions and the manufacture of spacecraft platforms in Denver. York’s S-CLASS industrial-grade platform is a standardized 3-axis stabilized spacecraft capable of supporting 85kg payloads with up to 100W of Orbit Average Power (OAP) and 3,000W peak (Enhanced power system), while reducing the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude. The S-CLASS spacecraft is fully compatible with all launch vehicles, including ground and air-launched, and ground segment providers.  When optioned with York’s cloud-based mission tasking and operations center, an ultra-low-cost solution is available on demand for next generation data collection and analytics companies. For more information, visit http://www.YorkSpaceSystems.com

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.

For more information, please contact:

Barokas PR for York Space Systems
Aubrey Lerche


RUAG Space
Nike Möhle
Vice President Communications

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