New satellite platform
Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company has begun working on a new satellite platform.
A new unpressurized satellite platform which is now under development at the company will be used for the production of lightweight LEO satellites. It will enable the company to build satellites with a mass of up to 500 kilograms and a 10-year lifetime. The electric power supply system will be capable of providing 765 watts of power to the payload. The unpressurized configuration of the platform will also enable satellites built around it to accommodate larger payloads and feature increased technical characteristics.
The new platform is intended to be used in small satellites that will form communications systems in orbits at altitudes of 700-8000 kilometers operating in the interest of both government and commercial customers.
A satellite platform represents a service subsystems module which provides all the necessary resources enabling the satellite to carry out its designed mission in orbit. Previous-generation small satellites were built around pressurized platforms where a special container housed onboard instruments preventing them from being affected by the harsh space environment. This shift from pressurized containers to unpressurized platforms that helped greatly reduce platform mass, became possible owing to a large number of innovative solutions and technologies introduced by ISS-Reshetnev Company.