Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered approximately 176,000 pounds of space satellite and launch support equipment to Kazakhstan.
Globally, one in three of all space satellites are transported to this launch site by Volga-Dnepr due to the capabilities of its An-124-100 freighter fleet.
“Over many years, we have built a strong reputation with manufacturers, space agencies and logistics specialists for our ability to safely move space satellites and related equipment to launch sites around the world,” Matthew Thear, customer service manager at Volga-Dnepr, said. “This is a very specialist process that requires detailed planning as well as strict loading, unloading and environmental conditions to protect the shipment all the way to the launch site.”
This latest shipment was carried for SDV Logistique International in France on behalf of Thales Alenia Space, based in Cannes. The An-124 flight operated from Nice to the Baikonur launch site for the consignee, Russia’s Krunichev State Research and Production Center.
On arrival in Yubileyny, the satellite container was transferred to a rail wagon to be transported to the clean room at Baikonur, where the satellite was unloaded from its container for the launch.