Thursday, August 20, 2009
On Wednesday 29th July 2009 ABSL celebrated the successful launch of two SSTL Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) Spacecraft – UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1. The spacecraft were launched onboard a Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of these two satellites has expanded the capability of the DMC, the world’s only space-based disaster monitoring system. ABSL lithium-ion battery modules power each of the spacecraft in their respective low earth orbits.
Deimos-1 was manufactured for Spanish customer Deimos Space while UK-DMC2 is owned by SSTL and will be operated by SSTL’s subsidiary, DMCii. These latest spacecraft continue SSTL’s rapid advances in innovative space solutions with each satellite having ten times the capability of the satellites launched just five years ago. In keeping with the payload advances, the two satellites are the first in the DMC to be powered by ABSL lithium-ion. Each satellite uses a 15Ah, 28V nominal ABSL lithium ion battery to provide power during eclipses. Using the ABSL 18650HC cell, the most characterised in the industry with over 55 launches, the 15Ah battery offers proven performance in a convenient package for small-satellite platforms.
ABSL Space Products General Manager – Nick Russel made the following comments:
“ABSL has been proud to work with SSTL over recent years, supplying lithium-ion hardware on successful projects such as GIOVE-A, CFESat and the Rapid Eye constellation. We are pleased that ABSL lithium-ion batteries are being used as part of this major upgrade to SSTL’s DMC platform. In coming years we look forward to helping maintain SSTL’s innovative approach by offering next generation lithium-ion hardware.”
The successful launch of UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1 comes shortly after the news that the GIOVE-A spacecraft mission had been extended beyond its design life for the second time. Launched in December 2005, GIOVE-A was the first Galileo spacecraft to be placed in orbit. ABSL provided a multiple module battery solution for the spacecraft and are pleased to be part of another successful SSTL platform operating far beyond its design life in a demanding MEO environment.
Further information on SSTL can be found at www.sstl.co.uk
Further information on DMCii can be round at www.dmcii.com