The Universal Space Platform was developed by S.P. Korolev RSC Energia within the Yamal project. It has gone flight qualification as a part of the Yamal-100 communication satellite launched on September 6, 1999.
Using the Universal Space Platform as the basis, RSC Energia provides activities in any scope:

  • development and turn-key of communication systems and Earth remote sensing (ERS) systems as a whole;
  • development and launch of different-purpose satellites;
  • platform adaptation as a part of specific space vehicle of another developer.
1999, Baikonur
Yamal-100 spacecraft
1999, Baikonur
Yamal-100 spacecraft unit

The Assembly-and-Test Center The Corporation manufacturing plant allows to build up to 6-8 spacecraft of this type per year. The production facilities meet Russian and international requirements and standards. For this purpose, a High-Cleanliness Industrial Room was deployed in the Assembly-and-Test Center of the company, which is unparalleled in the Russian rocket and space industry.


Key features of the Multi-purpose Satellite Bus

  • No pressurized compartments traditionally used in satellites.
  • Compartments, solar array panels, on-board antennas made of sandwiched honeycomb structures based on composite materials.
  • Power supply system based on solar arrays and Ni-H storage batteries
  • Passive thermal control system using heat pipes.
  • Motion control system based on optical sensors, high-precision angular rate meters and momentum wheels
  • Electrical propulsion unit operating on xenon (liquid- and gas-based are also possible)
  • A single on-board control system based on an advanced computer system which provides a functional unity for all on-board systems is redundant, and is easily adapted to the requirements of the specific payload installed on the bus through the use of specialized software

The key feature of the design is a pronounced modularity assuring high manufacturability and ease of the integration and testing of the Multi-purpose Satellite Bus-based spacecraft






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