As the current European leader in satellite structures and harnesses, HEMERIA owes its success in part to the IRIDIUM NEXT project, a constellation of telecommunication satellites.

In 2012, after a fierce international competition, HEMERIA won the contract for production of the harnesses and composite panels for all 81 IRIDIUM-NEXT satellites, worth more than 20 million euros. HEMERIA was able to propose particularly innovative solutions, which convinced the customer, THALES ALENIA SPACE, when making its final decision.

The project comprised the production, testing, integration and delivery of the harnesses (P/F & P/L) and structural panels (P/F), involving 800,000 connection points and 360 composite panels, working at a rate of 4 satellites/month, a level of performance 40% higher than the market standard, with logistical management tailored accordingly.

To ensure the success of this project, HEMERIA created an efficient and well-structured industrial organization, requiring considerable human, financial and material investments.

This extraordinary experience, which came to an end in 2017, involved about 45 staff working full-time for 4 years. 

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To address new threats and unfriendly actions in Space, France has a goal: to monitor Space, from Space. Against this backdrop, CNES awarded HEMERIA the YODA project (French acronym for “eyes in orbit for an agile demonstrator”), the aim of which is to design and supply a demonstrator for two reconnaissance smallsats in geostationary orbit, to protect French military satellites from suspicious, or even hostile maneuvers.

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