Smallsat trend

The privately-owned company York Space Systems pushes forward a trend: making spaceflight affordable. Hence building the S-CLASS satellite platform that can easily adapt to customer needs at low cost. The reduction of launch costs is an important topic for the space company too, constantly developing new ideas to making space applications a real option even for smaller companies and organizations. The small satellite is powered in orbit by 4 deployable solar arrays, for which York Space Systems selected STI as supplier for the photovoltaic assemblies.

 SpaceTech York solar arrays CLN VibrationS-CLASS satellite with STI photovoltaic assembly (Source: York Space Systems)

The privately-owned company York Space Systems pushes forward a trend: making spaceflight affordable. Hence building the S-CLASS satellite platform that can easily adapt to customer needs at low cost. The reduction of launch costs is an important topic for the space company too, constantly developing new ideas to making space applications a real option even for smaller companies and organizations. The small satellite is powered in orbit by 4 deployable solar arrays, for which York Space Systems selected STI as supplier for the photovoltaic assemblies.

STI solar array

Speaking “the same language,” SpaceTech is always aiming for reduction of production costs and reducing lead times, using innovative techniques and thinking outside the box. The automated solar cell laydown is one of the advantages STI solar arrays gained in 2018 and has now been proved successful with the first S-CLASS platform in orbit, verifying the technology and opening the way for significantly lower solar array lead times and costs for future missions.  

Launch

The satellite was launched as the primary spacecraft on 5 May 2019 and is successfully operating in orbit since then. Remarkable: It took less than 3.5 months, from first hardware at York Space System Facilities to launch site delivery.

STI is proud to be part of this mission and looking forward to further cooperation.