SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies (Vanguard) announced that it supplied mission-critical components to Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) for the THAICOM 6 communications satellite that was successfully launched aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL today. The THAICOM 6 satellite provides communication services to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Vanguard supplied all of the composite reflectors for the THAICOM 6 spacecraft, and was responsible for the structural design, analysis, fabrication, assembly and testing of all three of the spacecraft's composite reflectors. The work was performed at Vanguard's San Diego, CA facility. The reflectors included a dual shell Nadir, a gridded dual shell deployable and a 2.5 x 2.7 meter super elliptical single shell reflector.
"We are very proud to be on Orbital's team for this very important THAICOM mission. The composite reflectors produced by Vanguard showcases our capabilities to produce very tight tolerance, highly accurate and lightweight components in our world-class composite manufacturing facility," said Mr. Frank Belknap, CEO of Vanguard. "We have a long heritage of producing high-precision reflectors for space-based missions and have been a key supplier to Orbital for many of their successful satellite missions."
About Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. Vanguard specializes in the engineering, tooling, manufacturing, assembly and testing of high-performance, lightweight and precision aerospace structures. The company's main product lines include antenna reflectors, spacecraft structures, instrument structures and solar power systems for commercial, defense, military and research satellites. Founded in 1994, and having more than 10 years of space heritage, Vanguard has extensive experience in composite design and analysis. The company also has a growing business in space power and optical and thermal products including Modular Solar Panels, Flexible Solar Panels, Shielded, Electromagnetically Clean Solar Panels, Solar Concentrators, Deployable Solar Arrays and Deployable Radiator Arrays.
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