Israel Aerospace Industries announces new small GEO satellite bus

Israel Aerospace Industries announces new small GEO satellite bus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a tiny communications satellite bus for geostationary orbit. It plans to offer customers that don’t need a larger satellite a low-cost spacecraft with an improved payload.

At the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, the business unveiled its Mini Communications Satellite (MCS) concept. The spacecraft is projected to cost less than $100 million, including launch as a rideshare payload, with a mass of 600 to 700 kilos.

Explanations by the Vice-President and General Manager

Shlomi Sudri is IAI’s vice president and general manager of the space division. In an interview, he explained that the company is aiming for smaller operators with unique needs for which a larger satellite would be too enormous and expensive. “Not every customer needs the large GEO satellites, which weigh roughly five tonnes,” he explained. “We sought to figure out where the customer’s sweet spot is.”

As a result, the spacecraft is substantially smaller and has four steerable antennae. The spacecraft, on the other hand, has a fully digital payload capable of providing Ka- or Ku-band services. “The customer defines the band at the outset, and that’s essentially it,” he said, adding that the payload can be adjusted as needed over its 14-year design life.

Features of Mini Communication Satellite (MCS)

  • MCS is based on Dror-1’s technologies, developed by IAI
  • It contains avionics as well as the digital payload
  • A lot of the building elements are needed for Dror-1 and are integrated with this MCS to reuse maximum, he added

Dror-1 is in a “quite advanced state” of development, according to Sudri, with the majority of its components having passed critical design reviews. “We expect to start integrating the components and subsystems in the following year,” he said but failed to specify a launch date for the spacecraft.

What has not been announced yet?

Customers for MCS have yet to be announced by IAI. He explained that the corporation worked on refining the spacecraft’s architecture before approaching potential consumers.

“We recognize that this minor version is generating a lot of curiosity,” he said. “We’re negotiating with a couple of consumers right now.” He projected that two to three years following contract signing, the first MCS satellites would be ready for flight.

IAI’s most recent corporation will launch a tiny GEO satellite. Astranis, a firm that has received contracts for many of its MicroGEO satellites, including an order for up to eight satellites from Anuvu in July, is the prominent one.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *