Saab Ericsson Space separates three satellites from a single Ariane-5 launcher

Saab Ericsson Space separates three satellites from a single Ariane-5

Saab Ericsson Space set a new record by yesterday's launch of the
telecom satellites INSAT-3E, e-BIRD and the Swedish-built scientific
satellite SMART-1, all on board the same Ariane-5 launcher.

"This is an all-time high for us to handle three large satellites in a
single launch. In one go, we increased our launch record from 316 to 320
successful in-orbit separations using our systems", says a very pleased
Jörgen Remmelg, head of Saab Ericsson Space mechanical systems division.

The Ariane launcher is well-known for its multiple launch capability. On
this launch, the first satellite to be delivered in orbit was the INSAT-
3E, followed by e_BIRD. The scientific satellite SMART-1 was the last
payload to leave the launcher after separation of a protective shroud.
The stack of satellites used in total four separation systems and two
adapter rings from Saab Ericsson Space.

Saab Ericsson Space has also played a major role in the construction of
the ESA moon probe SMART-1 under contract with the Swedish Space
Corporation. Saab Ericsson Space has been in charge of integration and
test of the satellite and has been in charge of thermal design and
electromagnetic compatibility. Saab Ericsson Space manufactured harness,
antennas, power supplies and vital parts of the Command and Data
Handling System Unit.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capabilities in systems

Saab Ericsson Space is an international, independent supplier of space
equipment. The company's main products are computers, microwave
electronics and antennas, control and separation systems, and thermal
insulation material for use onboard satellites and launch vehicles. The
company has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, a division located
in Linköping, Sweden, and subsidiaries in Austria (Austrian Aerospace)
and the USA (Saab Ericsson Space Inc). Saab Ericsson Space has
approximately 520 employees, 340 of whom in Gothenburg and 70 in

The company is jointly owned by Saab and Ericsson.

For further information please contact:
Lars Nordfeldt, Director Communications & Public Affairs,
Saab Ericsson Space
Tel: +46 (0)31-735 43 12, Cellular: +46 (0)736-68 03 12,
Fax: +46 (0)31-735 45 00

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