Turnkey Missions for CubeSats
Alén Space will handle all the phases involved in getting your business into space, ranging from identifying the project requirements, design, production, trials, launch management, setting up and operation of the nanosatellites.
A key aspect for Alén Space is to provide you with a clear-cut road map into space right from the start. This is possible thanks to our Alén Space Matrix method, which guarantees compliance with the strictest quality standards in the sector.
Our integral nanosatellite development service comprises 8 clearly differentiable phases, although your company may only be interested in contracting just one or several specific phases of the full process.
So what are these 8 steps that could send your company into space?
8 Steps to Get your Business into Space
Each project is unique, a notion that is even truer in the case of New Space, where each year new, previously unexplored business opportunities arise. That’s why we need to hear about your idea and work with you on defining your project requirements. This is the key phase in our consultancy service; an advisory process that will continue throughout the remaining 7 phases, ensuring you feel that you can count on expert help and know-how every step of the way.
This is project architecture. Before any building work can get underway, you first have to draw up the plans and know exactly what the building will be used for, and the same is true when developing CubeSats. This is the most theoretical stage, which includes designing the platform and the mission, which means considering factors such as the spatial segment, land segment and user segment. Each phase is carried out independently, working with various suppliers and using the component parts that are best suited to your requirements.
To guarantee the success of a space mission, nothing can be left to chance. Excellence in work processes is one of the hallmarks of Alén Spaces. Specially created test environments are used in order to conduct a V-model analysis of each of your nanosatellite’s subsystems, first applying a design from the largest to the smallest and then applying the reverse process: from smallest to largest.
Once the various subsystems that make up CubeSat have been analysed independently, the next stage is to integrate the nanosatellites in the clean chamber, one of the most important areas in the Alén Space facilities. Set up is carried out in an isolated environment using procedures that comply with ESA and ECSS standards, a quality guarantee that is maintained throughout the process.
After the satellite is complete, strict trials are conducted under real conditions. Alén Spaces’ internal processes and the launchers’ protocols require full guarantees that CubeSat will operate correctly under certain temperatures and conditions, similar to those it will encounter during launch and whilst in outer space. Key trials include vibration and thermal vacuum testing.
Alén Space’s launch support service handles all the procedures necessary for getting the nanosatellites into orbit. Our team includes skilled professionals with expertise in negotiating prices and technical management issues with the market’s leading launchers. The choice is normally based on criteria such as the launch schedule and the orbit the rockets will be heading for.
Once in orbit, the next phase is the operation, management and maintenance of the nanosatellite constellation. The first stage may take several weeks and is known as the In-Orbit Commissioning Phase (IOCP). This is essentially an initial configuration and review of all the parameters to ensure that the CubeSats are in good condition and that everything is going to plan. From then on, daily operations of the nanosatellites can commence.
There are two options at this stage of the process. Our professionals can train your technical team, thereby enabling your company to handle the nanosatellites’ daily operations directly. Alternatively, you can leave this task up to Alén Space, leaving your team free to focus on the key areas of your business and the promotion and sale of your services. In either case, you will have all the information and data you require.