SADKO-2 for Reshetnev’s geodetic spacecraft
Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems has been supplied with a Thales Alenia Space altimeter, SADKO-2, for its new geodetic spacecraft GEO-IK-2 № 12.
Acceptance tests began upon arrival of the Thales Alenia Space delegation at ISS-Reshetnev. Currently, both teams are busy conducting electrical tests to check the condition and integrity of the altimeter after transportation.
Tests will be continued at satellite level after SADKO-2 is installed into GEO-IK-2 № 12.
GEO-IK-2 satellites are being manufactured by the Reshetnev Company to restore Russia’s space geodetic system. The satellites are designed to measure variations in the Earth’s gravitational field, Earth rotation as well as determine continental plate motion, tides, and coordinates of poles.
SADKO altimeters provided by Thales Alenia Space are mission-critical geodetic instruments designed to perform high-accuracy measurements of satellite orbits.
The next visit of the French delegation is scheduled for October 2010 to coincide with the satellite level testing of the SADKO-2 altimeter.