Harnessing new propulsion technology for Earth monitoring
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 21, 2022
The reliability of any satellite depends on the quality of all its parts. With supply chains changing in light of world events, Airbus is looking at alternative European-sourced satellite equipments that will also introduce innovations.
During the world's most prominent space industry gathering, the International Astronautical Congress, Airbus and Exotrail inked an agreement for integration of Spaceware - mini thruster, Exotrail's new 300W to 600W class electric propulsion system, as part of Airbus' Earth Observation satellite platform portfolio.
The agreement targets purchase and delivery of the 300W thruster version at completion of qualification activities in 2024 following a fast-paced new product development.
Philippe Pham, SVP Head of Earth Observation and Science, at Airbus, stated: "Airbus is paving the way for what's next in space with this agreement on the next generation of electric propulsion for our mid-size Earth observation satellites in low Earth orbit.
"It will enable further improvements in design flexibility, compactness, competitiveness and production times. We are thrilled to be working with Exotrail, a very successful European and French start-up."
Exotrail's CEO, Jean-Luc Maria, stated: "Being selected by a leading satellite manufacturer like Airbus is a honour for Exotrail. Supplying electric propulsion to one of the first satellite manufacturers to incorporate this technology in its commercial offering is a big step for our company"
In conclusion, this agreement further underscores Airbus' belief that the entire space community needs to work together to deliver the best possible space technology.
Outpost signs NASA agreement to return satellites and cargo from space
Santa Monica CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2022
Outpost Technologies Corporation has signed a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA Langley Research Center for the use and development of their flight-tested Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) to provide industry-leading payload Earth return capabilities from orbit. The SAA enables Outpost to collaborate with NASA on developing HIAD technology for safely returning Outpost satellites to Earth. NASA first developed their revolutionary HIAD to provide more options for pl ... read more
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