EQUA-LEOP

Design & installation of a LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase) tracking ground station in Malindi

For the launch of LISA Pathfinder (LPF), the injection strategy imposed by the Vega launcher requires an independent tracking terminal for X-band communications support at an equatorial region, in addition to Kourou’s 15 m ESTRACK station. A 2-m X-band terminal (MAL-X) was developed under a contract with Vitrociset Belgium Sprl and deployed at the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) Broglio Space Center (BSC) in Malindi (Kenya) in 2015.

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Key points
Vitrociset involvement in VEGA launcher project as general contractor for the Ground Segment
Experience in Space domain (Redu ESA station maintenance, Malindi ASI station maintenance, CSG supplier)
Experience in remote site deployment
Flexibility