Arianespace signs an open space contract
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Arianespace and Open Cosmos, a company that offers turnkey space missions, announced today that they have signed a contract to launch an innovative solution for deploying CubeSat.
Launched by the Guyana Space Center in French Guiana using the Soyuz rocket, the CubeSat deployment platform is the key to the Open Cosmos commercial offer. The first mission includes an array of CubeSats with a total capacity of 12 units (12U). It will weigh about 30 kg. on take-off, and CubeSats will be injected into a synchronous orbit of the Sun at an altitude of over 500 km. Open Cosmos offers effective satellite solutions to enable companies to use space technology to tackle the global challenge. It specializes in the development and implementation of missions for small, cheap satellites (up to 50 kg), with short deadlines (usually less than a year). One of the main benefits of Open Cosmos is that it provides customers with access to a wide range of carrier missiles and orbits.
The first payload of Open Cosmos will be an ancillary traveler of the second-generation COSMO-SkyMed satellite mission (CSG 1), along with the ESA ESA satellite CHEOPS, as well as the French missions of ANGELS and EyeSat CNES. Launch is scheduled for the last quarter of 2019.
After signing the contract, Rafael Jorda Sicieer, Chief Executive Officer of Open Cosmos, said: "Customers are always asking us how quickly and safely they can harvest beneficial loads in orbit. Our partnership with Arianespace to launch a 12U deployment platform will bring them into their target orbit less than ten months after signing the contract. This mission will use one of the world's most reliable and efficient launchers with proven experience – and that's exactly the flexibility that the space industry now needs. "
Stéphane Israël, Arianespace CEO, added: "This contract clearly reflects Arianespace's firm commitment to new players such as Open Cosmos who run the dynamic small satellite market. It also reflects our ability to offer affordable, flexible, and competitive solutions for all market segments thanks to our family of rackets. "
Arianespace uses space to make life better on Earth by providing services to launch all kinds of satellites in all orbits. Since 1980, he has traveled more than 590 satellites, using his family of three racers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from landing sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Arianespace has its headquarters in Evry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guyana Space Center, the European spaceport in French Guiana, as well as local offices in Washington, DC, Tokyo and Singapore. Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which owns 74% of its share capital, with the balance being held by 15 other shareholders of the European start-up industry.
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