Electric Propulsion Satellites

Electric Propulsion Satellites

Leading the race

Electric propulsion makes it possible to reduce the mass of satellites, leading to lower launch costs for a given mission and/or a more capable satellite for a given mass. Airbus Defence and Space has been using electric propulsion for station keeping for more than ten years, and is building the first large satellites using only electric propulsion for initial orbit raising. A key element is the use of reliable solutions that keep overall system costs under control and reduce the duration of orbit raising.

19 All-Electric satellites under construction 40% Saving 
100%  Launcher compatibility
All our recent orders  equipped with electric propulsion
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Eutelsat 172B

Eutelsat 172B is the first all-electric satellite based on Eurostar E3000e platform. This Airbus Defence and Space innovative and high-performance satellite host three distinct payloads: a C-band payload, a regular Ku-band payload and a high throughput HTS payload.

Hot Bird F1 & F2

Hotbird F1 & F2 are the two first all-electric satellites based on Eurostar Neo platform.

The two new generation broadcast satellites will deliver improved performances over the European and Middle-Eastern footprint, reinforced by a powerful European Superbeam.

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Satellite Telecommunication missions and applications

Sharing access to space offers large cost reductions for both payload customer and hosting spacecraft operator.

Airbus Defence and Space has considerable expertise in this field, having worked on more than 20 hosted payloads over the two last decades, for commercial and institutional users, civil and military missions. This encompasses a wide range of applications and service requirements for operation in LEO as well as in GEO. 

Hosted Payloads: Capabilities and Opportunities

Satellites privileged position up in orbit means that they can deliver a whole host of applications, without borders and without blind spots.

Satellites provide the connectivity we need, to keep us in touch, to keep us informed, to keep us entertained – and, in emergency situations, to keep us safe.

How does a Telecommunications Satellite work?

How do the signals travel? How are frequency bands chosen? What’s special about geostationary orbit?

A communications satellite works like a relay station: signals transmitted by the ground stations are picked up by the satellite’s receiver antennas, the signals are filtered, their frequency changed and amplified, and then routed via the transmit antennas back down to Earth.

Telecom Satellites

Flexible payloads

Eurostar series

OneWeb satellites

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