Atos Testing Assisted OneWeb’s Latest Satellite Launch

Atos supported OneWeb and that firm’s mega-constellation program in the successful launch of 34 satellites that was conducted on February 6 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Atos contributed to this success by providing to OneWeb Satellites the testing equipment with revolutionary technologies that have reduced the environmental footprint of the process – and received an award from OneWeb Satellites for the Payload Test Systems (PTS) and Tele Command Ranging (TCR) solutions.

This key ‘OneWeb mega-constellation’ project, led by OneWeb Satellites and supported by Atos, involves sending into orbit, over a period of time, more than 650 satellites — these satellites will provide affordable high-speed Internet access across the globe. The first six satellites were launched in February 2019.

Thanks to its advanced solutions, Atos was named “Best Ground Support Equipment (GSE) supplier” by OneWeb Satellites in recognition of its technical and commercial capabilities and the quality of its solutions and customer support. The award was presented at the OneWeb Satellites Global Partnership Summit 2020.

Atos’ ProUST univerSAS suite is composed of Power and RF special check-out equipment (SCOE) for electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) which enables satellites to be tested prior to launch – to prevent or fix any issues and make sure requirements are met, thus reducing the strategic and financial impact of faulty components.

Based on a breakthrough full-digital design, ProUST univerSAS improves work quality and optimizes the power and energy density of satellite power testing. This illustrates Atos’ commitment towards an energy-conscious future and paves the way for future environmental-friendly developments. The solution was developed by Atos in Austria with Austrian national co-funding via the European Space Agency (ESA).

Bruno Milard, VP, Head of Business Unit Aerospace & Defense Electronics at Atos, said the company isproud to support such an ambitious program with the firm’s testing solutions; Atos ensures all OneWeb Satellites are rigorously tested in the most efficient and effective way. Together with OneWeb Satellites, the firm makes the mass-production of satellites real. Atos is delighted to help define the leading edge of satellite manufacturing technology.

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