JASON-CS solar arrays - successful deployment test
March 18th, 2019, STI headquarters: The deployment tests of the solar array of the JASON-CS flight model have been performed flawlessly at the STI cleanroom facility under ESA supervision. With this successful demonstration STI concludes the mechanical verification of the solar array for the first satellite.
This is an important milestone towards delivery of the hardware to Airbus, scheduled for April 2019.
|STI cleanroom deployment test solar array Jason-CS|
The JASON-CS solar array features 4 solar panels of approximately 17.5 m² in total, two fixed ones and two deployable (see below). The solar array, including the deployment mechanisms, has been developed by STI under contract with Airbus.
Jason-CS SA stowed configuration
Jason-CS SA deployed configuration
The Jason-CS mission is part of the Copernicus Space Component and is developed by ESA under the GMES Space Component Segment 3 (GSC-3) program. The main objective of the Jason-CS/Sentinel 6 mission is to provide a long-term availability of high precision ocean surface topography observations in support of Copernicus services.
The launch of the first spacecraft is planned for 2020.
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Israel on the moon – Space IL successfully launched
February 22nd, 2019 at 2:45 a.m. (MEZ), the unmanned spacecraft Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A Falcon-9 rocket, owned by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, carried the space probe to the earth orbit.
SpaceTech’s contribution to the mission success
SpaceTech delivered the solar array panels for the Beresheet spacecraft, verifying the new STI cut-down inserts, GFRP-Flex brackets and the (hot-press manufactured) solar array panels in Space. STI is proud to contribute to this challenging mission and happy that our cost-efficient and smart solutions to the space industry are – once again - being selected for the private New Space market – indicating the competitiveness of our solutions.
Space IL PVA layout
Space IL solar panel
Space-IL and mission goal
The three young Israeli engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub founded the non-profit company Space-IL to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in order to increase knowledge in Israel and inspire the next generation in Israel and around the world to choose to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics founded.
The landing robot is supposed to place the Israeli flag and to analyze the magnetic field. The generated data will be used for research of the moon genesis.
A milestone for Israel as well as a milestone for the worldwide space industry and the so-called New Space market as it is the first privately-owned spacecraft landing on the moon.
Further mission details
Launch: February 22nd, 2019 and successful deployment into the earth orbit 30 minutes later
Entering 400K km orbit: March 20th, 2019
Lunar capture: April 4th, 2019
Landing on the moon: April 11th, 2019
Find more information on the mission here: http://www.spaceil.com/mission/