Saturday, March 14, 2015

Snecma to supply plasma thrusters for Eurostar satellite

Snecma will supply a flight set of PPS5000 plasma (electric) thrusters to Airbus Defence and Space for the company’s Eurostar E3000 Electric Orbit Raising satellite platform. The contract was signed Thursday by Arnaud de Rosnay, head of telecommunications satellites at Airbus Defence and Space, and Jacques Pasquier, Snecma Vice President, Space Engines division. The PPS5000 thrusters will be delivered to Airbus Defence and Space in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This new contract is in continuation of the collaboration agreement signed by the two companies in March 2014.

Snecma offers a range of Hall effect plasma thrusters and propulsion systems, with power ratings of 300W to 20kW. This technology reduces the launch weight of an all-electric geostationary satellite by 40 percent for a given payload, or allows the satellite to carry a larger payload.

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