by Staff Writers
Skolkovo, Russia (SPX) Jun 03, 2013
SPUTNIX has been granted has been granted a license by the Russian Federal Space Agency for engaging in space activity, namely: creating and modernizing small automatic space vehicles for scientific and commercial purposes.
The open-ended license #1749K, issued to the Company by Order #197 of 18 April 2013 based on a decision by the Federal Space Agency, confirms that SPUTNIX conforms to the set requirements "The fact that SPUTNIX has been granted a license for space activity demonstrates its adequate competence in the area of space systems development.
"It is an important and high-profile event for our company, as well as for our investor Engineering and Technology Center SCANEX. It is a significant step forward in the company development that will provide a strong base for our future operations," - says Andrei Potapov, SPUTNIX General Director.
SPUTNIX is an innovative center for development, manufacture and ground testing of prospective elements and systems for small space vehicles. SCANEX Engineering and Technology Center is the company's investor (scanex.ru).
At present work is under way to develop a microsatellite 10-50 kg platform to be assembled based on the Space Plug and Play Architecture, or SxPA principle. The SxPA principle makes it possible to assemble space vehicle's elements and systems as blocks of a LEGO constructor.
Minimal weight of payload for the platform can be up to 2 kg, with maximum weight up to 15 kg. With various sets of service systems, sensors, controlling units, and transmitters in place, it will be possible, from available devices and constructive elements, to assemble a microsatellite platform for various needs.
The satellites were named TabletSat, as the smallest one resembles a tablet, and the large one looks like a pack of Vitamin C.
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