EPIC Lecture Series 2017 presentations and videos available!

picture 21.11.2017 | The EPIC PSA is pleased to make public the presentations of the EPIC Lecture Series 2017 on Space Electric Propulsion and the videos (EPIC YouTube Cannel) recording the Lectures The EPIC Lecture Series 2017 was organized by the EPIC PSA and the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), and held on 26 October 2017 in ... Read more »

EPIC Workshop 2017 presentations available!

picture 19.11.2017 | The EPIC PSA is pleased to make public the presentations of the EPIC Workshop 2017 The presentations of the Space Electric Propulsion EPIC Workshop 2017 can be downloaded from the EPIC web The main objective of the EPIC Workshops is to present the Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC activities to the electric propulsion community and stakeholders ... Read more »

RIT 2X European space electric propulsion thrusters for Boeing

25.09.2017 | RIT 2X European space electric propulsion thrusters are selected for production order from Boeing for their new generation of electric propulsion satellites. Boeing and ArianeGroup are jointly developing next generation of electric propulsion for satellites. GIE Radio Frequency Ion Thruster (RIT) technology will help to increase payload mass and reduce time to orbit for Boeing ... Read more »

European electric prolusion thrusters have been selected by Boeing for their commercial satellites

14.07.2017 | Safran Aircraft Engines and its PPS®5000 electric propulsion Hall Effect Thrusters (HET) have been selected by the satellite manufacturer Boeing to provide an electric propulsion subsystem to support orbit-raising on a commercial satellite program. The first HET thrusters along with their PPU will be delivered in 2018 for a satellite launch planned in 2019. This ... Read more »

EUTELSAT 172B, the first European all electric propulsion telecom satellite is on his way to GEO

Picture showing satellite deployment 16.06.2017 | The EUTELSAT 172B satellite of Eutelsat Communications was successfully launched into space on 2nd of June by an Ariane 5 from Kourou. This is a great milestone for Europe and its space Electric Propulsion community. EUTELSAT 172B is the first European all-electric Telecom satellite. After the launch, EUTELSAT 172B satellite has entered a new phase ... Read more »

Electric Propulsion thrusters flown or ordered

04.10.2016 | Electric Propulsion is one of technologies that will increase more in next future, however it is hard to say how many Electric Propulsion thrusters have already flown or have been ordered. To this purpose ESA and EPIC PSA have prepared a table with a list of Electric Propulsion thrusters flown or ordered for information, outreach ... Read more »

All Electric Propulsion Satellite ELECTRA contract signature

artistic image 05.04.2016 | ELECTRA contract signature took place on 11 March 2016 at SES premises in Luxembourg with the presence of representatives of SES Astra, OHB Systems, ESA and some ESA Member States. ESA’s partnership with satellite operator SES will bring a new generation of small European telecommunications satellites that are propelled by electric thrusters, with a first ... Read more »

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 »

Telecom market is facing revolution with all-electric satellites and Falcon-9 launchers

ABS-3A satellite artist's concep 15.09.2015 | ABS-3A (Boeing 702 SP) satellite, the world’s first all-electric commercial telecommunications spacecraft, has reached final geostationary position and begun operations six months after its launch. The satellite’s entry into service occurred about one month ahead of schedule. The advantage of all-electric satellites is their low launch mass, allowing the purchase of less-expensive launch services or, ... Read more »