Starsem 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.

Site 112

Starsem's 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 facility.

Starsem's 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.


The Payload Processing Facility (PPF):

The 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 area.

 

 


The Hazardous Processing Facility (HPF):

The 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.


The Upper Composite Integration Facility (UCIF):

Spacecraft 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.


Site 31

Site 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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