17 January 2014
Vanguard Space Technologies said that it supplied mission-critical components to Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE: ORB) for the THAICOM 6 communications satellite that was successfully launched aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL this week.
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.
Vanguard specializes in the engineering, tooling, manufacturing, assembly and testing of high-performance, lightweight and precision aerospace structures. The company´s website is at www.vst-inc.com