Airbus and Thales plan ordering satellite electric thrusters from Snecma

Picture of HET thruster 01.02.2016 | The French company expects to sell 35 plasma-electric satellite propulsion units per year over the next decade following an agreement with Europe’s two largest satellite prime contractors on the use of Electric Propulsion. CNES has used a public bond fund to help finance the development of the Snecma´s HET thruster, and complementary, the European Space ... Read more »

Eutelsat Does the Math on Reducing Future Satellite Costs

Graphic of way to satellite cost reduction 15.12.2015 | All-electric propulsion systems like the one on Eutelsat 115 West B, reduces a satellite’s launch weight by 40 percent or more but delays its arrival in geostationary orbit by months. Eutelsat plans to reduce the cost of its future satellites by some 20 percent initially, with more savings to come, as it seeks to adapt ... Read more »

Snecma electric thrusters chosen by Space Systems/Loral

Artist impression of Alfabus 14.07.2015 | Space Systems/Loral (SSL) awarded a production order for several Hall Effect Thrusters from Snecma (Safran). This selection makes the European company Snecma a supplier for electric propulsion of the world leader in telecom satellites. Snecma’s contract with SSL comprises a firm order for several thruster flight sets between 2016 and 2018, as well as options ... Read more »