Lockheed Martin achieved a milestone recently when a team of its engineers successfully finalized the integration of its first modernized satellite, the A2100. The spacecraft is currently on its way into the last stages of assembly and then testing. The spacecraft called Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 is reported to be on schedule for its Q2 launch next year.
Advanced Comms for Saudi Arabia
The satellite is being built for Arabsat and King Abdullaziz City for Science and Technology. The Saudi Arabia institute will enable networking and media companies a go at advanced communications in the form of secure mode communications, telephone, internet, and television. The satellite will be providing these channels for its customers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. According to exec VP Rick Ambrose for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, there have been multiple activity models for the satellite in the company’s virtual reality labs, but there inevitably was a first in the clean room integration of the activities for the modernized A2100 satellite. It was a very important moment where the scalable modules were mated together and the team of engineers did splendid work.
Use of Advanced Engineering Optimize Satellite Power
One of the key achievements earned by Lockheed Martin with the modernized A2100 satellite is the use of the payload integration module with the hybrid propulsion system. The propulsion subsystem makes use of a mix of a liquid apogee engine and electric Hall current thrusters and ends up becoming the backbone of the entire satellite. The subsystem is critical for the handling of the spacecraft into its last orbit phase while also useful for maintaining its station along the mission. The satellite is taken on a flight-proven bus and comes at advanced levels of electronics, propulsion systems, and power, thanks the revamping efforts taken by the engineers.