Paris, France and Brasov, Romania – September 21, 2022 – Atos announces that it supports the European Space Agency (ESA) in its planned improvements for Vega-C, the new unibody rocket, whose inaugural launch took place on July 13, 2022. Atos contributes to this program by providing key test equipment for the main launcher and also provides test equipment for the “space rider» reusable spacecraft to be launched on Vega-C, expanding the versatility and space transportation capabilities of this new European launch system.
Vega-C is a new generation rocket, more powerful and flexible than its predecessors and with more capacity to carry satellites and nanosatellites. It supports Europe’s global competitiveness by enabling key space missions that meet the needs of local institutions and industry.
Atos is part of the team that develops a test facility for the Vega-C rocket as part of the Launcher Competitiveness Improvement Activities. The Atos team of space experts based in the Czech Republic provides a system called “Vega Navigation Ground Support Equipment”, specially designed to test the launcher’s new inertial reference unit. In addition, Atos experts based in Romania are contributing to the “space rider” spatialship, which will be launched atop Vega-C and orbit for about 2 months before returning to Earth. This unmanned robotic laboratory will be Europe’s first reusable space transportation system.
Specifically, the Atos team is implementing the Electrical ground support equipment which supports the integration and validation of various “Space Rider” subsystems. This equipment includes a central control system, special control equipment for power, radio frequency, telemetry and remote controls, an umbilical validation tool, a solar generator simulator, as well as many other simulators for various other sub -systems.
“We are proud to offer best-in-class technology – including satellite testing, satellite monitoring and space data analysis – for a wide range of space missions for European, national, defense and commercial customers. It was with great emotion that we attended the inaugural launch of Vega-C, which is an ambitious program and a very good example of successful European cooperation in space! said Bruno Milard, VP, Head of Aerospace & Defense Electronics Business Unit, Atos.
Romania is a key contributor to the Vega-C program. Romanian experts from various organizations performed aerodynamic and acoustic testing, verification and validation of the Vega-C navigation system, as well as system integration and validation for the Space Rider spacecraft flying with Vega-C.
“Romania’s participation in the ESA launcher program and in particular in Vega-C, Ariane 6 and Space Rider represents a key investment for the future of the Romanian space sector. We paved the way for Romanian organizations to contribute to the realization of the latest European rockets and space vehicles. The collaboration with European integrators and European companies already established in the development of space vehicles has contributed to the development of critical capabilities in our country”, said Dr Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).
Atos in Romania is a key competence center for Atos global solutions for space. The local teams have extensive experience in the fields of electrical ground support equipment, mission control systems, ground stations and federated identity management.
Atos experts have already contributed to various other important ESA and non-ESA missions, such as Euclid, Juice, Proba-3, MetOp SG, Plato, Sentinel 5 & 6 and OneWeb. More information on Atos solutions for space: https://atos.net/en/solutions/aerospace-defense-electronics
Notes to Editors
The launch is the result of several years of work by ESA, prime contractor Avio and key industrial partners from 13 ESA Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). More information about Vega-C at the ESA website.
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