Beyond Gravity has been selected to supply equipment for Loft Orbital’s Longbow satellite based on the Airbus Arrow platform. The physical equipment is referred to as the Power Control and Distribution Unit (PCDU).
The PCDU provides mission critical power supply capabilities and in-orbit configurability for “The Hub” that carries all payloads of a Loft Orbital’s satellite and provides an independent electrical, computing and communication environment. Beyond Gravity will deliver PCDU flight units for over 15 Loft Orbital satellites.
The project is conducted in close cooperation between Beyond Gravity’s team based in Tampere (Finland), and Loft Orbital’s teams in Toulouse (France) and San Francisco and Golden (USA).
“Our partnership with Loft Orbital and this order is underlining Beyond Gravity’s strong standing in the global commercial New Space market. The PCDU enables Loft Orbital to be fully product-based, leading to standardization, shorter lead times and high cost-efficiency”, said Anders Linder, head of the Satellites Division at Beyond Gravity.
“When looking for partners to fulfill our technical, quality and price-performance needs, Beyond Gravity allowed us to put in a high degree of customization, meeting our stringent system-level requirements, whilst still leveraging their existing experience and translating that to a balanced New Space solution. Of equal importance is the right way to communicate and collaborate, which has been another positive experience for both teams”, said Pieter van Duijn, Loft Orbital’s CTO.
“Our collaboration with Beyond Gravity demonstrates Loft Orbital’s strategy to rely on the strong and competitive European ecosystem of space systems suppliers”, said Emmanuelle Meric, General Manager France of Loft Orbital.
Beyond Gravity is the preferred supplier of structures for all types of launch vehicles and a leader in selected satellite products and constellations in the New Space sector.
Loft Orbital has developed the software and hardware products that make Loft satellite missions truly plug and play, eliminating years of complex design and engineering.