Moog Provides Precision Control Components for O3b Satellites
10 July 2014
Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Space and Defense Group provided hardware to Thales Alenia Space in support of four O3b FM Communications Satellites for O3b Networks Limited that launched today from French Guiana atop a Soyuz launch vehicle. The four O3b satellites (FM3, FM6, FM7, and FM8) are designed, integrated and tested by Thales Alenia Space and based on the ELiTeBus configuration.
The O3b satellites of Jersey, Channel Islands-based O3b Networks Limited will offer low latency Internet backhaul to emerging markets and developing countries worldwide at high speeds and provide fiber-like trunking capacity to telecom operators and backhaul directly to 3G Cellular and WiMAX towers.
Moog latch valves, fill and drain valves and pressure transducers are critical to the spacecraft’s propulsion system, ensuring precise fluid control and pressure gauging. In addition, each spacecraft includes 4 fine sun sensors, designed to deliver exact information about the position of the sun. This vital information is used for yaw steering of the spacecraft and therefore applied in earth pointing, solar array orientation and orbit control manoeuvres.
O3b's satellites are placed in orbit 8,062 kilometers from the earth (Medium Earth Orbit), providing around 70% of the world's population with fiber quality internet connectivity. An additional four O3b Communication Satellites are currently in production and are planned to launch later this year.
Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at www.moog.com. Additional information about Moog’s Space Sector can be found at www.moog.com/space.