A new record for ENPULSION with 25 thrusters on board of the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission

WIENER NEUSTADT, AUSTRIA, July 1st 2021 – When the Falcon 9 rocket of the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 3:31 p.m. ET on June 30th, 2021, it carried a total of 88 satellites. Every eight in them, a total of 11 spacecraft, had one or more ENPULSION thrusters on board. A total of 25 ENPULSION thrusters were sent to space via the second SpaceX mission dedicated to small satellites – a new record for the leading manufacturer of electric propulsion solutions. It increases the total number of ENPULSION thrusters in space from 62 to 87, bringing the company much closer to the historical milestone of 100 launched thrusters. Some of the thrusters on the Transporter-2 are on the spacecraft of recurring customers with satellite constellations, while others were ordered by companies working with ENPULSION for the first time.

“These are exciting times for us”, said the CTO of ENPULSION David Krejci. “The sheer number of our thrusters on the Transporter-2 is a testament for the hard work we have put in developing our products and enhancing our production capabilities. Our service team is currently supporting the commissioning of the thrusters in close cooperation with our clients, some of which had never used electric propulsion on their spacecraft before. We are doing our best to help them utilize to the maximum the advantages of the FEEP technology and our state-of-the-art propulsion solutions.”

About ENPULSION

ENPULSION is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for nano- and microsatellites. The company is based in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and has a business development office in the USA. Its products are based on the company’s proprietary Field-Emission Electric Propulsion (FEEP) technology, behind which are more than 30 years of research and development work in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Research Facility FOTEC. In its own semi-automated production facility ENPULSION manufactures the ENPULSION MICRO and the ENPULSION NANO Thruster (formerly IFM NANO) families – the only compact, scalable, and modular electric propulsion systems worldwide. The ENPULSION NANO Thruster became the first European electric propulsion thruster to fly on a constellation of satellites. Currently there are 87 ENPULSION thrusters in space with more than 200 delivered to customers. The company is ISO 9001:2015 quality certified for the development, testing, serial production, and distribution of space propulsion systems.

Media Contact: Emil Tsenov, emil.tsenov@enpulsion.com

 

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