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Chapman Freeborn gives satellite specialists liftoff

Chapman Freeborn has provided a series of aircraft charters to Plesetsk in Russia to support the launch of a new Japanese satellite under a contract with Bremen-based Eurockot Launch Services.

The aircraft charter specialist assisted with the preparations for the launch of the widely-anticipated SERVIS-2 satellite on June 2nd by providing three charters for Japanese engineers and Eurokot representatives. A similar programme of flights was successfully completed in November 2009.

A VIP configured TU 134A aircraft was used to fly the specialists from Moscow to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a Russian spaceport situated in the Arkhangelsk region.

The charters from Moscow’s Vnukovo (VKO) airport were closely managed by Chapman Freeborn’s Bart Lorijnen and Anton Frolov, with flights to Plesetsk requiring special clearances from both the Russian military and Federal Security Service (FSB).

Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries. The company coordinated more than 5,000 aircraft charters last year.

Eurockot and SERVIS-2:

Eurockot Launch Services GmbH is the joint venture operated by Europe’s leading satellite and launch vehicle manufacturer, EADS Astrium. Astrium’s partner in the joint venture is Russia`s largest space company, Khrunchev Space Center.

Eurockot provides launch services for earth observation, science and communication satellites into Low Earth Orbits and operates Europes only small launch vehicle, the Rockot launcher from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

SERVIS-2, the acronym for the second ‘Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System’ mission, will be employed to verify the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and technologies in space conditions.

Plesetsk Cosmodrome:

Plesetsk is the most frequently used spaceport in the world. Located at 63 latitude and 40 longitude in the Archangel region, it is situated about 800 km northeast of Moscow and 200 km south of the city of Archangel. Plesetsk is Europe’s only continental launch site and ideally suited to high inclination and sun-synchronous launches into low earth orbits.

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering:

Chapman Freeborn provided over 5,000 passenger and cargo charters in 2009, in addition to many ACMI, wet and dry aircraft lease arrangements.

The group’s annual turnover last year was approximately USD $475 million.

Chapman Freeborn was voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the ACW World Air Cargo Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.