The Artemis space missions will write a piece of space history and once again deliver humans to the Moon. Leading global provider to the space industry Beyond Gravity is part of the first three Artemis missions, delivering major elements for the mission’s Orion spacecraft, SLS launch vehicles and the planned Gateway space station.
For the first time since 1972, humans will land on the Moon thanks to the Artemis missions. Later, a new space station (M) will orbit the Moon and serve as a stopover station for astronauts and spacecraft. The Artemis 1 program will launch an empty spacecraft into lunar orbit as a first step, the second mission will already be manned, and in the third mission, four astronauts are expected to set foot on the moon in 2025 for the first time in more than 50 years. years. Closely associated with the Artemis missions is the SLS (Space Launch System) launch vehicle. It will carry the Orion spacecraft. Beyond Gravity is supplying key elements for all Orion spacecraft as well as SLS launch vehicles.
AAndre Wall, CEO of Beyond Gravity, “We are proud and honored to be part of these historic missions, contributing to the progress of humanity. Our employees in Switzerland, the USA and Austria have been developing, manufacturing and testing for the success of these missions for many years.”
“Our mechanisms have to perform particularly complex and extremely precise movements to correctly position the solar panels for the three Artemis missions. The work for this was done in Zurich, Switzerland.” He says Anders Linder, Head of Satellite Business at Beyond Gravity. The special thing about the mechanisms is that it must be possible to fold the solar panels in such a way that they are not damaged when the propulsion system is fired. This is due to the fact that the European Service Module (ESM) of the main contractor Airbus has its own propulsion system.
In addition, Beyond Gravity’s expertise in carbon fiber composite manufacturing is helping to produce a large connector (universal stage adapter) linking the launch vehicle and service module. “Work on this adapter began in 2017 and was done at the US facility in Decatur, Alabama. We did the design and production analysis at our plant in the US.” additional Holger Wentscher, Director of the Launcher Business for Beyond Gravity. The adapter is 9.9 meters high and 8.4 meters in diameter at its widest point. The main contractor Dynetics adapter will be used for the first time in the second Artemis mission.
Together with its partner TTTech, Beyond Gravity is supplying the core network electronics for the NASA Gateway, which will ensure secure and reliable communications between Earth and the space station. US satellite makers Maxar and Northrop Grumman will integrate the products into the gateway, which will orbit the Moon as a manned space station at a distance of more than 400,000 kilometers from Earth and serve as a stopover for astronauts and spacecraft.