Construction work is slated to end in February. This investment project will see the construction of a facility allowing for the assembly and testing of individual components of space electronics and end-to-end, serial integration of micro-class satellites weighing up to 150 kg.
The facility, located at Creotech Instruments S.A.’s Piaseczno headquarters, will include a clean section and additional rooms for ultrasonic cleaning of space electronics components and applying thermal insulation coating to satellites. The clean section, guaranteeing a purity of 100,000 dust particles per cubic foot (ISO 8 standard), with an area of 75m2, will be accessible through two ventilated airlocks, including one industrial airlock, allowing large elements to be taken in and out of the cleanroom.
“Many satellite integrators, having completed their task, are forced to depressurize their cleanrooms to move their satellite outside,” explained Marcin Stolarski from Creotech Instruments S.A. “We aimed to create an infrastructure for the serial integration of satellites, which is why our cleanroom will feature an industrial airlock. Thanks to this, we will be able to integrate subsequent satellites continuously, thus significantly improving the efficiency of the entire manufacturing process.”
The clean zone will comprise the cleanroom proper with an area of 61 m22 and a sterile changing room where engineers will get ready to work in sterile conditions. As many as six specialists will be able to work in the cleanroom at the same time. Another four workstations will be created in the rooms adjacent to the cleanroom. The clean section will be fitted with a specialized crane and a mechanism for manipulating satellites weighing up to 150 kg.
A step towards the strategic goal
For years, the management of Creotech Instruments has been consistently pursuing the strategic goal of achieving the prestigious status of satellite integrator. In the process of building satellite units, an integrator is responsible for the complicated task of assembling all elements, modules and subsystems that make up a complete, working satellite. Achieving this status entails prestige and serves as proof of the integrator’s competences, attesting to its organizational knowledge and expertise to carry out the integration process properly attained in this extremely challenging industry.
“There is no practice of in-orbit satellites repairs. That is why it is absolutely crucial that the equipment sent into space be reliable,” pointed out Grzegorz Brona, PhD, President of the Management board of Creotech Instruments S.A. “Both the process of creating individual satellite elements and sending the product into space generate huge costs. Thus, satellite integrators must meet stringent standards in terms of their production processes, certification of specialists and infrastructure parameters. We are consistently building these competences within Creotech Instruments S.A. and soon will be ready to integrate our first satellite.”
Ultimately, the new industrial infrastructure will be equipped with specialized test equipment, and the company does not rule out the future expansion of the cleanroom.