Antonov, Or­bital ATK join hands

The Ukrainian-head­quar­tered pro­ject cargo op­er­a­tor col­lab­o­rated with Or­bital ATK to trans­port its Al Yah 3 com­mu­ni­ca­tions satellites.

Cargo Talk - - International - CT BUREAU

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.”

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