TO RUSSIA WITH LOAD
NEW ‘LYBID’ SPACE SATELLITE LANDS IN RUSSIA
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the Ukrainian ‘Lybid’ satellite from Montreal, Canada to Krasnoyarsk in Russia onboard one of its IL-76TD- 90VD freighter aircraft.
The space equipment weighed around 15 tons and was placed inside a special container to protect the satellite’s sensitive technology systems. A strict temperature environment was also applied throughout the flight to protect the satellite.
The flight was operated on behalf of Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation, which was awarded a contract by the State Space Agency of Ukraine through the State Enterprise “Ukrkosmos”, the developer and main builder of the Lybid
satellite payload. Lybid was carried to Krasnoyarsk for test operations at the JSC Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company (ISS), another developer and manufacturer of space modules.
Aerospace cargoes represent one of the key areas of Volga-Dnepr’s activity. Over the past 22 years, the airline has operated 3,477 flights for aerospace customers using its An-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD fleet. To date, over 100 satellites have been carried onboard the IL-76TD-90VD aircraft, including the Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellite payloads produced in Canada, which were transported to Krasnoyarsk at the end of last year.
The Lybid satellite will be used to help develop Ukraine’s national system of satellite communications, including regional and international television and radio broadcasting, internet access services, data transmission, telephony, and videoconferencing using VSAT (very small aperture terminal) technology.
ARRIVES IN SOCHI AS MOMENTUM BUILTS FOR 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS
An 80-tonne mobile gas turbine power plant is the latest piece of outsize cargo delivered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines to the Russian city of Sochi, capital of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The 20-metre long shipment travelled onboard an An-124-100 freighter from Krasnoyarsk. With only 22cms clearance to the 4m 40cm height of the cargo hold, the turbine was driven onto the An-124 using a long ramp extension, which lessened the angle of ascent and enabled Volga-Dnepr’s loading experts to safely position the cargo inside the aircraft.
To distribute the weight of the power plant, Volga-Dnepr used a special protective covering to strengthen the deck of the An-124 cargo hold. The delivery was successfully completed on
behalf of the Russian company Instar Logistics.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has operated a series of deliveries for the Sochi 2014 project since it started. In 2009, Volga-Dnepr operated a series of flights carrying tunnel-boring equipment for building Sochi’s new transport infrastructure. In 2011, the airline delivered telecommunications equipment for a trial broadcast of a skiing competition. Earlier this year, transformers and several mobile gas turbine power plants were also carried to the capital of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to provide reserve electrical energy.
Volga-Dnepr is celebrating its 23rd birthday!
In August 1990, the Volga-Dnepr joint stock company was registered in Ulyanovsk, Russia, with the registration number 1.
We wish to thank all our customers for your outstanding support and loyalty over more than two decades of working together. We are proud to be your partner and look forward to sharing many more years of growth and development together.
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