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ArianeGroup announces that the Sprint antenna reflectors have passed the acceptance review

This validation represents an important milestone for the “Sprint antenna reflectors” programme. The ultra-lightweight Sprint reflectors are made from high-performance composites and feature a carbon/aramid sandwich shell with a carbon/aluminium sandwich backbone.

ArianeGroup announces that the Sprint antenna reflectors have passed the acceptance review
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In a recent post, the ArianeGroup teams are pleased to formalise that their latest innovation in satellite technology, the Sprint antenna reflectors, has passed the acceptance review: “Together with the ESA Connectivity and Secure Communications, we are celebrating the successful review of these groundbreaking components”.

A carbon/aramid sandwich shell with a carbon/aluminium sandwich backbone

The ultra-lightweight Sprint reflectors are made from high-performance composites and feature a carbon/aramid sandwich shell with a carbon/aluminium sandwich backbone. With diameters ranging from 1.5 to 3 metres, the Sprint reflectors can be mounted on 2 to 6-tonne geostationary (GEO) telecommunications satellite platforms. These extremely versatile reflectors are compatible with C to Q/V band missions, and their shape can be tailored to the needs of the customers.

ArianeGroup's Sprint antenna reflectors
ArianeGroup’s Sprint antenna reflectors (source: ArianeGroup)

Significant reduction in assembly times

Assembled using patented ArianeGroup systems, these reflectors optimise assembly times by 50% (more or less 12 weeks compared to 24 weeks for the previous generation), responding swiftly to market demands. Developed in just 2 years with the support of European Space Agency (ESA) and CNES, the Sprint antenna reflectors exemplify ArianeGroup’s commitment to enhancing space infrastructure in terms of performance, competitiveness, and customer-focused solutions.

Let’s remember that the manufacturing line is located on the Mureaux site (France) and that Le Haillan’s Composites Industrial Centre of Excellence (near Bordeaux, France) played a key role in leading this programme, which opens new commercial prospects for ArianeGroup beyond Europe, in North America and Asia.

Cover photo: ArianeGroup.

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