York Space Systems Successfully Completes Bus Commissioning Of S-CLASS Spacecraft with Unprecedented Rapid Deployment

York Space Systems’ S-CLASS captures its first sunrise shot from orbit. Image Credit: York Space Systems

May 20, 2019 – York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, announced that it has successfully completed bus commissioning of its S-CLASS spacecraft platform from its Multi-Mission Operations Center (M-MOC) located in Denver, Colorado. The commissioning process occurred at a rapid pace and concluded less than five days after the S-CLASS platform established first contact.

Further distinguishing this as a landmark achievement, the time span from first hardware to launch site delivery took less than three and a half months.

“This is a momentous occasion for York, not only because we were able to deliver a state-of-the-art industrialized spacecraft in-orbit under an aggressive timeline, but also because this is one major step forward for the smallsat industry,” said Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York. “We are eager to continue to report the great accomplishments and capabilities of the S-CLASS platform while also looking ahead to a more rapid pace of production to meet the needs of our growing customer base.”

The York platform was launched on May 5 as the primary payload on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle. The vehicle lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula carrying three research and development satellites for the DoD Space Test Program. York’s Harbinger satellite, sponsored by the U.S. Army, will demonstrate the ability of an experimental commercial system to meet DoD space capability requirements.

Over the course of its commissioning on orbit, the S-CLASS platform, an adaptable and turnkey solution for any mission, achieved a multitude of accomplishments including successful first contact and array deployment, successfully communicating with four different advanced technology payloads and successfully operating and tasking from multiple remote “in-field” mobile locations using York’s secure private network.

The company will continue to operate the spacecraft from its Multi-Mission Operations Center. To build upon this momentum, York will begin their move towards increased rapid production of its platform for its customers, offering faster access to space and providing spacecraft affordability in a rapidly growing market.

York’s S-CLASS industrial-grade platform is a standardized 3-axis stabilized spacecraft capable of supporting 85kg payloads with up to 200W of Orbit Average Power (OAP) and 3,000W peak (Enhanced power system), while reducing the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude. The S-CLASS spacecraft is fully compatible with all launch vehicles, including ground and air-launched, and ground segment providers.

York’s complete Space Segment Solution including spacecraft production, payload integration, system integration & test, launch services, ground segment services, and mission operations enables customers to leverage York’s existing technology solutions to rapidly and responsively get to orbit outpacing competitors.