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The main objectives of the study was to address the following points:
The project was aiming at a recurrent hardware implementation that would satisfy a large portion of the operators requirements with the objective to define the key development strategic axis for Thales Alenia Space. To achieve this objective, two main European Operators contributed to the establishment of mission specifications, to take into account real needs for flexible payload solutions definition.
Main challenge was the definition of Flexible Payload Solutions in line with the Operator views and needs (based on their requirements) and compatible of the cost targets in line with the current commercial market.
The main benefit of flexible payloads is to overcome the limitations of the current payloads that are ‘tailor-made’ solutions with limited flexibility and limited generic hardware and to answer to the following expected capabilities.
4 payload architectures have been defined to answer the Customer requirements:
As a conclusion of the study, the following main units have been defined as candidate for developments :
Generic Flexible Payload Solutions answering 2 main Customers have been defined. Needed products development plan has been defined and completed. Outline proposals have been submitted to ESA
All key reviews (Mission Review, MTR, FR) have been held successfully.
The project documentation is completed.