Vesconite Bearings is proud to be associated with an exciting communication satellite launch that took place late last year. The company supplied marine bearings to a vessel that has historically transported launcher components, including communications satellites, for various heavy-lift space launch vehicles.

Vesconite Bearings marine applications engineer Monique Potgieter explains that when the MN Colibri charter ship was undergoing planned inspection, it was found that the upper and lower flap bearings needed to be replaced on the flap type rudders. “We had the right size bushing material in stock at our Netherlands warehouse, and were able to quickly deliver the stock to Hamburg, Germany, for further machining and installation.”

In just two days

Material for two bushings, measuring 170 (outside diameter (OD)) x 150 (inside diameter (ID)) x 157mm (length (L)) and 180 (OD) x 150 (ID) x 190 mm (L), were ordered, despatched and delivered to the dry dock machine shop that did the final machining in just two days.

The repairs, which were necessary for the MN Colibri to continue its work as a charter vessel, allowed it to subsequently deliver the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS to Pariacabo Harbour in French Guiana. A truck with the Eutelsat then left the MN Colibri destined for the Kourou-based Guiana Space Centre, the main spaceport of France and the European Space Agency.


Eutelsat Konnect VHTS has since been successfully launched by an Ariane rocket and will deliver high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

“Vesconite Bearings is pleased to have contributed to this momentous project in a small way,” says Monique of the project that plans to supply European users with 100 Mbps broadband as well as to eliminate broadband black spots.

“Our marine bearings are used in many intriguing shipping projects that contribute to the technological advancement of our world,” she concludes.

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