has adapted, modified, developed, and built dedicated facilities
at the Baiknour Cosmodrome which allow our customers access
to state-of-the-art facilities for their launch campaign. Central
to these facilities are the three Class 100,000 clean rooms
used for the complete integration checkout, test, and fueling
of our customer's spacecraft.
facilities are located primarily in two areas of the Cosmodrome:
Site 112 and Site 31. Site 112 is the location of the assembly
and integration facility for the former Energia launch vehicle.
This facility (MIK 112) houses Starsem's new clean rooms and
is the location where our customer's spacecraft are prepared,
fueled, and eventually mated to the Fregat upper stage and encapsulated
in the fairing. Our customer's offices are also located in this
1158-m2 of Class 100 000 clean rooms ensure our customers with
international standard facilities for the preparation of their
spacecraft. This allows our customers to have their spacecraft
in a controlled environment from spacecraft unpacking through
encapsulation. Portable and fixed ventilation systems ensure
the thermal conditions of the spacecraft until launch. Failsafe
backup power supplies are available in all clean rooms to protect
sensitive hardware during processing activities. Dedicated networks
allow voice and data exchange between the clean rooms and other
facilities. An independent, redundant satellite communications
system provides high data rate connections between customers
and their home base.
Payload Processing Facility (PPF):
PPF features a 286 m2 high bay for the processing of our customer's
spacecraft. This facility has two independent 70 m2 control
rooms to permit parallel operations and personnel and equipment
airlocks to ensure the integrity of conditions in the processing
Hazardous Processing Facility (HPF):
HPF high bay covers a surface of 285 m2, and is designed for
spacecraft filling activities and pressurization of tanks. The
HPF is designed to accommodate bipropellant spacecraft (e.g.
MMH / N2O4). The facility has airlocks and an on-site control
room. A remote control room in the customer office area with
a dedicated data transmission system, intercoms, and video monitors
ensures maximum safety for our customer's launch teams. Spacecraft
propellants are stored in the controlled and monitored Hazardous
Storage Facility, located next to MIK 112.
Upper Composite Integration Facility (UCIF):
mating with the Fregat upper stage is performed in this 587
m2 high bay, along with fairing encapsulation. The facility
has equipment and personnel airlocks and a on-site control room.
The remote control room in the customer office area can also
be used to monitor activities in the UCIF. The data network
allows the customer to carry out spacecraft testing via direct
links with EGSE installed in the PPF control room.
31 includes the launch pad, Assembly and Integration facility
for the launch vehicle (MIK 40), and administrative buildings.
After encapsulation, our customer's spacecraft is transported
to MIK 40 under a controlled environment to be mated to the
rest of the launch vehicle in MIK 40. Following integration,
the vehicle is rolled out to the launch pad, and launched on
yet another successful mission.
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