Magellan Aerospace-built MAC-200 Bus Successfully Launched on CASSIOPE
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Magellan Aerospace announced today the first
launch of its MAC-200 Bus on the Cascade SmallSat and IOnospheric Polar
Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA on a
Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
CASSIOPE is a multi-purpose mission carrying 8 unique instruments to conduct
space environment research (collectively called e-POP) and advanced
telecommunications technology demonstration (termed Cascade).
Mr. James S. Butyniec, President and CEO of Magellan Aerospace said, "The
successful launch of CASSIOPE yesterday is a great accomplishment that we
celebrate with the Canadian Space Agency, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
Ltd. (MDA), and all of the Canadian industrial contributors and scientists who
contribute to advancing Canada's space technology capabilities."
In 2005, Magellan won a competitive process to develop a satellite bus with a
flexible architecture that could be tailored to meet mission-specific
requirements for Canada's future space missions including CASSIOPE. The
MAC-200 bus was designed to accommodate a range of mission requirements,
instrument interfaces, and launcher environments in a cost effective manner.
The MAC-200 utilizes a fully redundant cross-strapped architecture that is
capable of providing high reliability for mission lifetimes of more than 7
The CASSIOPE satellite bus was designed and built in Magellan Aerospace,
Winnipeg. Magellan then supported both the integration and test of the e-Pop
and Cascade payloads in Winnipeg and the spacecraft level testing at the David
Florida Laboratory (DFL) in Ottawa, ON under contract to MDA.
In addition to the design, manufacture, and AIT of the bus for CASSIOPE,
Magellan also designed and developed the in-flight computer and custom-build
data handling card, flight software, mechanical and electrical ground support
equipment, Command and Data Handling (C&DH) unit, elements of the e-POP
payload, as well as the mechanically-designed deployable booms.
About Magellan Aerospace
Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides
complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers,
and defense and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs, engineers, and
manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for
aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets,
industrial power generation, and specialty products. Magellan is a public
company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with
operating units throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom,
India, and Poland.
SOURCE Magellan Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Daniel Zanatta Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and
Contracts Magellan Aerospace Corporation Ph. 905 677 1889 Mr. Don Boitson
Vice President and General Manager Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg Ph. 204 775
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