Tag Archives: electric propulsion

SSL, NASA Partner on Two ‘Tipping Point’ Space Tech Platforms; Richard White Quoted

NASA has picked Maxar Technologies’ SSL subsidiary to develop two spacecraft technologies under the agency’s Tipping Point program. SSL will work with NASA through a public-private partnership to demonstrate an in-orbit fuel transfer system to support on-orbit refueling and servicing missions, Maxar said Monday. The company and the space agency will also …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Electric Propulsion Subsystem Supports Mission of Boeing-Built Intelsat Satellite

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne has provided the rocket engines that Intelsat‘s Boeing-built 33e communications satellite currently uses to perform in-flight maneuvers as the satellite begins operations. The rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer said Friday the satellite, which is part of the Intelsat Epic Next Generation series, is equipped with its 100-volt electric propulsion thrusters and the MR-111C and MR-106L monopropellant hydrazine …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Lands NASA Glenn Award for Work on Ion Rocket Propulsion System

NASA‘s Glenn Research Center has named Aerojet Rocketdyne the “Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year” for the company’s development of the gridded ion thruster system for the Next Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial propulsion technology. The aerospace and defense firm said Monday its work on the system is part of an $18 million contract from 2015 for …

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Orbital ATK Subsidiary to Work on NASA Space Propulsion System; Mike Kahn Comments

Orbital ATK has secured a contract to perform research and design work on space propulsion systems for NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. NASA awarded the Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems 2 contract to Orbital ATK’s Alliant Techsystems Operations subsidiary, Orbital ATK said Monday. In July, NASA awarded Orbital ATK …

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Lockheed Subcontracts Aerojet Rocketdyne for Satellite Propulsion Systems; Warren Yasuhara Comments

Lockheed Martin has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide the XR-5 Hall Effect and MR-510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems and monopropellant rocket engines for Lockheed’s contract with Arabsat. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Tuesday Lockheed will fit the subsystems and rocket engines onto two modernized A2100 satellites as part of efforts to boost mission flexibility. Warren Yasuhara, vice president of space …

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Boeing Receives 3rd ABS Order for All-Electric Propulsion Satellite; Mark Spiwak Comments

Boeing will build a third 702SP all-electric propulsion satellite for ABS to provide satellite services to Australia, New Zealand, Russia and countries in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The company said Friday ABS-8 will add to the ABS-3A and future ABS-2A all-electric propulsion satellites and replace ABS-7 at its orbital location. Mark Spiwak, president …

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SES Taps Airbus, Boeing, Orbital ATK to Build New Satellites for Commercial, Military Markets

SES has selected Airbus, Boeing and Orbital ATK to build satellites that will provide telecommunications services to the Americas, the north Atlantic Ocean region and Europe, Space News reported Monday. Peter de Selding writes that Boeing’s space and intelligence systems business and Airbus’ defense and space segment will provide all-electric-propulsion satellites for commercial fixed, …

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