New test equipment for satellites
ISS-Reshetnev Company’s Assembly, Integration and Test Facility, currently under construction, is being furnished with new technological equipment and tools.
One of the most important stages of the facility’s preparation involves mounting of a collimator. At the company this kind of tool is going to be applied to the satellite construction process for the first time and it is expected to bring satellite testing to a whole new level.
The collimator represents two mirrors – a primary mirror and a secondary one. Each of them has a weight of around 100 tons. The primary mirror is 10 meters high and 12 meters wide, while the secondary mirror is a bit smaller – 10 and 9 meters respectively. These mirrors, installed in a special manner in the anechoic chamber, are intended to reflect radio signals when satellite antennas are tested together with repeaters.
In the anechoic chamber the collimator is accompanied by other necessary equipment – rotary mechanisms on which feeders and satellites themselves will be mounted during tests.
In total, phase I of ISS-Reshetnev’s Assembly, Integration and Test Facility will be fitted with more than 150 pieces of high technology equipment. Some of them have been already shipped to the company’s site and will be installed by the end this year.
Phase I of the Assembly, Integration and Test Facility will be dedicated to the assembly and high frequency testing of satellites. The Assembly, Integration and Test Facility itself is due to be fully commissioned in 2020, which will double ISS-Reshetnev’s production capabilities and improve the quality of assembly and ground testing operations performed by the company.