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The interview of Glavkosmos with ECM launch service, a partner in smallsats launches

10th July 2017

Our company, ECM Space Technologies GmbH, was founded in Berlin in 2008 at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). The company founders are representatives of the University: researchers from the Department of Space Technologies which is widely known all over the world. Since the ECM Space Technologies GmbH establishing, its main activity has been focused on the development of technologies for building small satellites, on-board systems, and ground infrastructure.

Interview between JSC Glavkosmos and ECM lauch service
Since 2010 we have taken up a new activity which is implementation of launch solutions, smallsat adaptation and integration with a launch vehicle. The need for such services is long overdue and we have experienced that in our own projects. Having picked up on the market trend and having identified a market niche on time, the company started to develop this business intensively. In 2013, we arranged and implemented a launch of three smallsats as a piggyback payload aboard Soyuz-2. Those were the smallsats built at the German universities.

What satellites are you launching along with the Kanopus-V-IK mission? What is your role in the launch?

Under this mission, our company supports pre-launch processing, adaptation, and integration of 17 spacecraft with a mass of 1kg to 110kg. Two smallsats of 20kg and 110kg have been designed and built by the German TU Berlin and Stuttgart University with the support of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). These spacecraft are intended for orbital testing of new technologies, payloads, and software solutions. In addition to that, we support pre-launch processing and integration of 12 CubeSats owned by the US commercial customers. Under our partnership with Glavkosmos, we carry out integration of 3 smallsats made by Russian universities. These satellites are to be launched in the framework of the Roscosmos program on cooperation with higher educational institutions and support of Russian universities and young scientists.

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Joint-Stock Company Glavkosmos

ECM launch service is a cooperated partner of Joint-Stock Company Glavkosmos.