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Beyond Gravity to develop dispenser for Project Kuiper's satellite constellation
by Staff Writers
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 06, 2022


Fast, affordable broadband for people worldwide - this is the ambitious mission behind Project Kuiper, an Amazon initiative to increase global broadband access through a constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). A

mazon will soon begin deploying its initial constellation of 3,236 satellites and has selected space technology provider Beyond Gravity (known as RUAG Space until the rebranding on March 14, 2022) to develop and manufacture the custom, scalable dispenser systems that can accommodate multiple medium- and heavy-lift launch vehicles. Beyond Gravity is building a new facility in Linkoping, Sweden, to support the development work, double its production capacity for dispensers and create 60 additional jobs on site.

Major contract to support dozens of launches
Andre Wall, CEO of RUAG International, to which Beyond Gravity belongs, says: "We are honored to be part of such a globally unique project. The contract confirms once again that we are technological leaders and that our 100% mission success track record in over 40 years qualifies us as a reliable partner also for large satellite constellations. Together with Amazon, we further contribute to the growth of the European space industry, as we will also source the material and components from a broad European supplier base."

For Beyond Gravity, it is the single largest order in the company's history. It is another important step in strengthening the company's position in the fast-growing commercial space markets. Andre Wall adds, "With our new Beyond Gravity brand just launched, we are incredibly proud to announce this partnership with Amazon's Project Kuiper. I would like to sincerely thank them for their trust and am confident that we can contribute to the success of Project Kuiper's satellite constellation and the goal of increasing access to broadband worldwide with one of the best dispenser solutions the world has ever seen."

Complex mission requirements
"Project Kuiper aims to deliver fast, reliable broadband to communities around the world, and we've deliberately designed every aspect of our satellite system to deliver high-quality service at an affordable price," says Rajeev Badyal, Vice President of Technology for Project Kuiper at Amazon. "We need a flexible, low-cost dispenser system that works across multiple rockets, and Beyond Gravity has the experience required and the passion to invent alongside our team. We're proud to be working together and supporting the growth of the European space industry."

Scalable, ultra-lightweight dispenser design
Engineers from Beyond Gravity and Project Kuiper have worked together for nearly two years to develop a flexible, scalable dispenser system suitable for a variety of rockets and payload configurations. The Beyond Gravity dispenser system uses advanced, ultra-lightweight materials to reduce mass, thereby lowering development costs. This supports Amazon's goal of lowering production and deployment costs for its entire satellite system.

In Linkoping, Sweden, where the dispenser systems for Project Kuiper are produced, Beyond Gravity broke ground in mid-March on a new dispenser production facility in partnership with the Swedish Space Agency and the city of Linkoping. The new facility, which will be completed by 2023, will double Beyond Gravity's dispenser production capacity for satellite dispensers and create 60 new jobs in Linkoping. In addition, this contract will support a broad European supply base for Beyond Gravity (in addition to materials sourced in the U.S.), helping to create additional jobs in Europe.

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