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SSL Demos Solar Electric Spacecraft Propulsion Tech; Dario Zamarian Quoted

SSL Demos Solar Electric Spacecraft Propulsion Tech; Dario Zamarian Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SSL Demos Solar Electric Spacecraft Propulsion Tech; Dario Zamarian Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting eventSSL demonstrated its solar electric propulsion system on two communications satellites that were launched into geostationary orbit this year.

The Maxar Technologies subsidiary said Wednesday SPT-140 is an updated version of the SPT-100 electric thruster that has supported 34 missions and logged more than 100K firing hours.

SPT-140 is designed to use the Power Processing Unit 140 and multiple gimbaled Hall effect thrusters to generate electric power of up to 8 kilowatts.

Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL said the company aims to drive forward industry's electric propulsion technologies designed for government and commercial missions to space.

NASA awarded SSL in August a contract to further develop a 6kW dual-mode electric propulsion engine as part of the space agency’s Tipping Point program.

The company will also provide a solar electric chassis to help NASA send a probe to the metal-based asteroid Psyche  and noted it will use SPT-140 to power four commercial satellites.

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