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ARQUIMEA actuators on board ESAIL satellite
ARQUIMEA will fly its actuators on board the ESAIL satellite
24/06/2019

• The launch of the ESAIL satellite will take place on September 5th of this year.

• The mission is led by LuxSpace (OHB Group).

ARQUIMEA is the provider supplier of HDRM mechanisms (Hold-Down and Release Mechanisms) for the attach/release ofHold-Down and Release Mechanisms (HDRMs) for the solar panels of the satellite. These devices use shape memory alloys (SMA) as a fundamental technology for its operation. Its Their main advantages are its the high strengthforce-to-weight ratio, high reliability, low volume, immunity against electromagnetic interference and functional capacity over an extended wide temperature range, thanks to the use of SMARQ, the exclusive SMA material from ARQUIMEA. Within this technology, ARQUIMEA offers a wide range of actuators and standard and customized mechanismscutting-edge off-the-shelf and custom actuators and mechanisms for space applications.

The development of the ESAIL satellite is part of the projects promoted by ESA to improve the next generation of space services for the maritime sector. The objectives will be the control of navigation and the detection and tracking of ships throughout the Earth. This mission is led by LuxSpace, one an of the OHB Group companyies, in collaboration with other European companies organizationsin the sector.

The satellite is currently being currently tested at the Liege Space Center (LuxembourgBelgium), in simulated space conditions and it will offer the highest- quality real-time information to customers users around the world. It weighs 110 kilograms and it has an improved configuration of multiple antenna-receiver for the global detection of AIS (Automatic Identification System) messages and the capture of high-resolution spectrum, which will allow the demonstration of future advanced services, such as reception of VDES messages (VHF Data Exchange System).

The ESAIL satellite will be launched on September 5th in a Sun- synchronous orbit (SSO, on board a Vega SSMS flight from the European spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana).