Polish devices for new Hot Bird and Spanish government satellites
Astri Polska will provide equipment for satellites ordered by leading European telecommunications operators. Solutions designed and manufactured by Polish engineers will be used in the integration process of the satellites, whose prime contractor is Airbus Defence and Space.
Astri Poland’s equipment will be used to test the systemow electronic satellitesow before launching them into orbit. A total of four satellites will be tested zamowired by dwoch of leading European operatorsoin telecommunications. The first is France’s Eutelsat, which operates satellitesoin Hot Bird, broadcasting the signals of television and radio stations. The second company is Spain’s Hisdesat – satellite operatoroin SpainSAT carrying out secure communications tasks for the Spanish Ministry of Defense and the country’soin those covered by the European Government Satellite Communications Program „GovSatCom”.
Both companies will orderowere seen at Airbus Defence and Space with two satellites each, whichore going to be built based on the new platform „Eurostar Neo”. The satellites will replace on-orbit devices of earlier generations, whichohe life cycle of which is nearing its end.
– Thanks to the efforts of our team, we are becoming part of the supply chain of the European satellite marketoin commercial. This market is not easy but offers the prospect of significantly increasing sales of our productsow. We will provide the electronics and software thatore will find application in satellite integrationoin zamoThe resolution of the classical microscopeoin telecommunications,” said Jacek Mandas, President of Astri Polska. – In total, we will provide two devices – one for each satelliteow. It is worth noting that over the past two years we have already provided 4 similar products for the Eurostar Neo platform, on which theohe new generation of HotBird and SpainSat will be based on,” he added.
Eurostar Neo is a next-generation telecommunications satellite platform developed by Airbus Defence and Space as part of the NEOSAT program under the aegis of the European Space Agency and the French Space Research Center (CNES). The new platform is much cheaper to maintain than current designs, and offers much higher payload carrying capacity. In addition, satellites based on the Eurostar Neo platform have an all-electric propulsion system that allows for on-orbit position correction.
Astri Poland is a leading Polish company in terms of involvement in European space programs. The company provides solutions for flagship programsoin ESA, such as JUICE, METOP-SG or SENTINEL-5. The company also specializes in providing dedicated solutions in the fields of satellite earth observation, satellite navigation (GNSS) and emergency management.