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Clyde Space Delivers Battery Charge Controllers For RASAT

Craig Clark, Chief Executive/Technical Officer at Clyde Space, says, 'We were delighted to be part of the RASAT team and to supply our Small Satellite Battery Charge Regulator to TUB?TAK.'
by Staff Writers
Glasgow, UK (SPX) Oct 07, 2008
Clyde Space, the Glasgow based small satellite power specialist, have delivered two flight model Battery Charge Regulator (BCR) System to The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUB/TAK). Clyde Space is a world leading supplier of small satellite power systems and supplied TUB/TAK with the high performance, heritage power system within 7 months.

The Battery Charge Regulator is specifically designed for use with Lithium Ion battery technology. Features of the system includes: four 85W Solar Panel Maximum Power Point Trackers; redundant battery over-charge protection; digital interface to battery and solar panel telemetry. The Clyde Space system was ideal for the 120Kg RASAT mission, which uses a 9Ah Lithium Ion battery for energy storage.

Craig Clark, Chief Executive/Technical Officer at Clyde Space, says, 'We were delighted to be part of the RASAT team and to supply our Small Satellite Battery Charge Regulator to TUB?TAK.'

Clyde Space has extensive experience in the design of small satellite power systems; in particular for RASAT, their experience in the use of Lithium Ion battery technology in space was crucial; 'Lithium Ion is still a relatively new technology to most spacecraft manufacturers and our knowledge and experience in this area added significant value to the RASAT engineering team', says Craig.

RASAT is the first earth observation satellite to be built and developed solely in Turkey. The 120 kg spacecraft is due to be launched into a 700km sun-synchronous orbit in late 2009.

RASAT is 3-axis controlled, has an optical imaging system with 7.5m resolution panchromatic and 15m resolution multi-spectral imaging capability, carries a new generation flight computer (B?LGE), X-band transmitter module and a real-time image processing module (GEZG?N-2).

Its high-resolution imaging capability will be used in mapping, disaster monitoring/mitigation, city planning, environmental studies, landcover mapping, classification, and forest fire monitoring.

Clyde Space Ltd is a world leading supplier of small satellite power components. Formed in 2005 by ex-Head of Power Systems at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, Clyde Space has designed, manufactured and tested spacecraft power system electronics, lithium polymer batteries and solar panels to small satellite programmes all over the world, including SOHLA-2 (Japan), SumbandilaSat (South Africa), InnoSat (Malaysia), Paradigm (USA), OPTOS (Spain), RASAT (Turkey) and many others.

Clyde Space is committed to providing cost effective, high performance, fit-for-purpose spacecraft subsystems for small satellite budgets. This is demonstrated by our development programmes to provide more off-the-shelf, standardized spacecraft hardware and by the introduction of our online spacecraft shop.

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Kingston, Canada (SPX) Oct 06, 2008
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