ANTONOV Airlines has transported an outsized communications satellite for Orbital ATK from Washington Dulles International Airport to Cayenne, French Guiana onboard one of ANTONOV’s seven AN-124-100 aircraft.
The Al Yah 3 Satellite, the first of Orbital ATK’s GEOStar-3 satellite platform, was accommodated in a container that measured 11.4m long, 4.6m wide, and 4.1m high, and weighed 23 tonnes.
“Due to the size and weight of the cargo, we used a low-profile ramp system – specifically designed and manufactured by ANTONOV Company for the satellite and space transportation sector, to safely and efficiently load and offload the satellite,” said Amnon Ehrlich, director sales – North America, ANTONOV Airlines.
“We are honoured to have been selected as the transport partner for this project, which further illustrates ANTONOV Airlines’ commitment to its customers and excellence in delivering outsized high-value aerospace equipment worldwide.
“The aircraft returned to Washington Dulles International Airport with Orbital ATK’s newly developed Galileo spacecraft container in order to accommodate another satellite transport requirement for Orbital ATK.”
Aside from the seven AN-124-100 aircraft capable of accommodating oversized cargo, as well as a payload of up to 150 metric tonnes each, the airline also operates the largest aircraft in the world, the AN-225, which has a payload of 250 tonnes.
The Ukrainian heavy lift and super heavy lift operator has recently established a UK office in London and a US base in Houston, Texas as part of ongoing global expansion, has appointed General Sales Agents in Japan, Australia, and India.
ANTONOV Airlines is the air transportation division of ANTONOV Company, a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine, which designs, develops, produces, and maintains the AN aircraft.