Denmark, May 9, 2012 --[ASDWire]-- Brüel & Kjær is to provide ASTRIUM with an LDS vibration shaker system for mechanical vibration and shock testing of satellites.
Built within the scope of Republic of Kazakhstan SBIK satellite project, the system is for the new satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Complex (AITC).
Brüel & Kjær will provide a Head Expander and LDS V994 Shaker, which will be equipped with a large auxiliary slip table - and a special, extra bearing positioning.
ASTRIUM - an EADS company - has been selected, as prime contractor from KGS (the JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” reporting to the national space agency of Republic of Kazakhstan) for the SBIK satellite system.
The agreement covers the supply of Earth observation satellites equipped with a high- resolution optical sensor, an Assembly, Integration and Test Centre - and the entire ground segment of the system, which will carry out in-orbit operation, data acquisition and processing. ASTRIUM will also provide all satellite launch and test services.
As part of the mechanical testing facilities, a shaker capable of operating in 3 axes was required.
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About Brüel & Kjaer
Brüel & Kjær ( Sound and Vibration Measurement A/S, www.bksv.com ), with headquarters in Denmark, is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc. Brüel & Kjær are world leaders in acoustic and vibration test and measurement systems & solutions. The LDS class-leading brand of shakers & controllers are found globally in test applications as diverse as satellite testing and structural analysis, through squeak and rattle checks, and package testing. The LDS V994 Shaker is a water-cooled, electrodynamic shaker built for testing large payloads up to a mass of 5 tonnes with a maximum sine force rating of 289 kN (65000lbf).
Astrium ( www.astrium.eads.net ) is the number one company in Europe and the third in the world for space technologies. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.
In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.