RUAG Space: Nearly 1000 satellites successfully placed in orbit

August 23, 2021 - On Sunday, August 22, Paris Time, another 34 OneWeb internet satellites have been separated from the Soyuz launch vehicle and placed in orbit with a dispenser from RUAG Space. With this, RUAG Space successfully placed 997 satellites in orbit, bringing the Swiss-based space supplier closer to the milestone of 1000 satellite separations. “This is a huge achievement which highlights the outstanding capabilities we have in satellite separation,” says Holger Wentscher, Vice President Product Group Launchers at RUAG Space.

“We meet customer expectations in extreme environment”

The separation systems from RUAG Space are being produced at its site in Linköping, Sweden. The 34 OneWeb satellites were launched with a separation system on a dispenser manufactured by RUAG Space. The dispenser system makes it possible to separate multiple satellites in a specific order in order to get exactly the right orbit. “For us, every separation is an exciting achievement. We can offer a 100% reliability and are able to meet customer expectations in the extreme environment of space,” says Holger Wentscher.

Separation systems for all large launch vehicles in the world

RUAG Space is the world leader for satellite separation systems for commercial launch vehicles. “Our separation systems ensure that satellite and rocket remain securely attached to one another during the tough journey into space, and then deliver the valuable payloads into orbit with precision,” says Andreas Jonsson, the site manager in Linköping. All 997 satellite separations have been carried out with a 100 percent success rate. They are the result of a long and trusted collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and an increasingly advanced position in the commercial space industry in recent years. “We are leading the commercial market and we provide all the larger launchers in the world with equipment for launching satellites in all sizes,” adds Andreas Jonsson.

40 years of experience in Linköping

RUAG Space has been developing and producing Payload Adapter Systems for around 40 years. “A period during which we have accumulated vast experience, and supplied our products to an ever-growing number of customers,” says Andreas Jonsson. “We constantly try go get better and to develop new products. Our latest product ‘Soft Separation System’ makes our separation systems useful for the next generation satellites with better performance and lower shock.” At the RUAG Space site in Linköping about 140 employees are working.

About RUAG Space

RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe, and has a growing presence in the United States. Around 1,300 employees across six countries (Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Germany, USA and Finland) develop and manufacture products for satellites and launch vehicles—for both the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is part of RUAG International, a Swiss technology group, which is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. Visit, or view our RUAG Space product portfolio video:

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Image 1: In 2020 the Swedish space minister Matilda Ernkrans went on top of a RUAG Space dispenser in Linköping. Copyright: RUAG Space, Hejdlösa. Download

Image 2: Swedish space minister Matilda Ernkrans with the around 5 meters high dispensers from RUAG Space at the production hall in Linköping. Copyright: RUAG Space, Hejdlösa. Download

Image 3: RUAG Space dispenser for OneWeb. A team of RUAG Space engineers supported during final works at the Russian spaceport in Vostochny in June 2021. Copyright: Copyright: © Dhelft, Arianespace. Download 


Animation of the placement of OneWeb satellites. Copyright: RUAG Space. To view the video, visit:

Video of the separation of OneWeb satellites with the RUAG Space dispenser. Copyright: Arianespace. To view the video, visit:

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Media contacts RUAG Space:

Philipp Bircher, Director Communication, Email:, Tel.: +41 7979 011 81

Christian Thalmayr, Communication Manager, Email:, Tel.: +43 1 801 99 2165



Media contact RUAG International:

Clemens Gähwiler, External Communication Manager, RUAG International; Tel. +41 76 319 28 58,


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