Jena Optronik to supply star sensor for ISS-Reshetnev’s satellite
Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems has signed an agreement with Jena Optronic (Germany) for the supply of a star sensor for its Glonass-M satellite.
Nikolay Testoyedov, general designer and director general of the ISS-Reshetnev Company, and Dietmar Rattsshem, head of Jena Optronik, signed the agreement at the 49th International Paris Airshow Le Bourget 2011. In accordance with the document the German company will supply the Astro APS star sensor to ISS-Reshetnev free of charge. Astro APS is designed to determine spacecraft orientation relative to other space objects. Jena Optronik will also provide all necessary test equipment for ground experimental testing.
In accordance with the agreement the Reshetnev Company will integrate the Astro APS sensor into one of its Glonass-M satellites. ISS-Reshetnev will also provide feedback information on the Astro APS on-orbit performance.
The agreement is beneficial to both companies. ISS-Reshetnev is interested in increasing the number of suppliers of high-quality spacecraft components. Cooperation with the Russian company will allow Jena Optronik to expand into a new market and receive recognition from Russia’s major manufacturer of space technology.
Decision regarding the possibility of using Jena Optronik equipment in ISS-Reshetnev’s next satellite programs will be made on the basis of the Astro APS performance feedback.