Antonov, Orbital ATK join hands
The Ukrainian-headquartered project cargo operator collaborated with Orbital ATK to transport its Al Yah 3 communications satellites.
Antonov Airlines has transported an outsized communications satellite for Orbital ATK. The Al Yah 3 Satellite, the first of Orbital ATK’s GEOStar-3 satellite platform, was accommodated in a container that measured 11.4m long, 4.6m wide, and 4.1m high, and weighed 23 tonnes. The cargo travelled from Washington Dulles International Airport, USA to Cayenne, French Guiana on board one of ANTONOV’s seven AN-124-100 aircraft, which has a cargo cabin capable of accommodating such oversized cargo as well as a payload of up to 150 metric tonnes.
“Due to the size and weight of the cargo, we used a low-profile ramp system – specifically designed and manufactured by Antonov for the satellite and space transportation sector, to safely and efficiently load and offload the satellite,” said Amnon Ehrlich, Director Sales – North America, Antonov Airlines. “The aircraft returned to Washington Dulles International Airport with Orbital ATK’s newly developed Galileo spacecraft container in order to accommodate another satellite transport requirement for Orbital ATK.”