HTV6 Countdown to Launch with Rakon Space Oscillators Inside
6 December 2016
As the clock counts down to the launch of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), Rakon is proud to continue its long involvement with the space industry. Due to launch this Friday, the HTV6 also known as ‘Kounotori6', will set off on its mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Rakon’s space oscillators are in the latest JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle.
“Rakon has a strong heritage in the space industry and has been the oscillator supplier of choice for many international space programmes for more than twenty years,” said Fabrice Goulven, Strategic Marketing Manager for Space and Defence at Rakon.
The Kounotori has the world’s largest loading capacity for a transfer vehicle of approximately six tonnes, has unique functions such as its International Standard Racks, and plays a key role in ISS operations.
“We are pleased to continue playing our part in stretching the boundaries of performance and reliability via our space products, as advancements in technologies continuously evolve,” he says.
Mr. Goulven says Rakon is unique in that it offers a diverse range of high reliability frequency control products.
“Rakon is one of the world’s largest solutions providers of high reliability frequency control products for applications that require the most stringent performance criteria. We have frequency control solutions for all types of spacecraft whether it be navigation, observation, telecommunication satellites, transportation vehicles or exploration probes.”
“We are proud to work alongside government and commercial programmes the world over, to contribute to science progress.”
Transfer vehicles to the ISS
Resupply missions to the ISS typically use the Russian Progress spacecraft, European Automated Transfer Vehicles, Japanese Kounotori vehicles, and the American Dragon and Cygnus spacecraft.
Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions for telecommunications, global positioning and space and defence applications. Rakon products are found at the forefront of communications where speed and reliability are paramount. The company’s products create extremely accurate electric signals which are used to generate radio waves and synchronise time in the most demanding communication applications.
Rakon has a long history of providing high reliability products with some customers having an association with Rakon for 30 years or more. Many government and commercial programmes use Rakon oscillators across the globe, in systems where high performance is required under the most demanding conditions.
Rakon has five manufacturing plants including two joint venture plants and has five research and development centres. Customer support centres are located in ten offices worldwide.
Rakon is proud of its New Zealand heritage; it was founded in Auckland in 1967. It is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, NZSX, ticker code RAK.
Louise Howe (Media Liaison)
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