OHB Sweden selected electric propulsion by ENPULSION for their EIS mission

Wr. Neustadt, Austria, Feb 1st, 2023 – In December 2022 OHB Sweden and ENPULSION have signed a dedicated sales contract on a Horizon2020 IOV/IOD Mission called EIS making it the next important milestone in a long and very successful cooperation between the two companies.

Proven concept
After having delivered ENPULSION’s propulsion products to previous OHB Sweden’s InnoSat microsatellite platform missions, OHB Sweden now decided to order a next series of ENPULSION thrusters for its EIS mission. OHB Sweden and ENPULSION have very successfully worked together on previous missions, including the Arctic Weather Satellite (AWS) programme, using the ENPULSION NANO R3 thrusters, as well as the GMS-T satellite, launched in 2021, in which the ENPULSION MICRO R3 thrusters are being used. The AWS is a part of ESA’s Earth Watch programme, and the AWS satellite will be the proto-flight model for a possible constellation of satellites. The launch of the AWS is planned for 2024.

EIS mission
The fourth mission to be realized using the InnoSat platform is the European IOD/IOV Satellite (EIS) mission. EIS will host a single experiment from the Belgian company AMOS called “ELOIS”. OHB Sweden acts as the satellite prime, carrier/platform provider, system integrator and overall ground segment responsible (incl. operations). For this mission, OHB Sweden will again rely fully on its existing flight proven InnoSat platform with a minimum of adaptations and will again be using the ENPULSION NANO R3 thrusters. The EIS satellite is under a contract with the European Space Agency funded by the European Commission. The launch of EIS is planned for early 2024.

“We are particularly proud to work with the team of OHB Sweden on key projects with such high strategic relevance for European competitiveness in the upcoming years. This long-standing fruitful collaboration with OHB Sweden is highly valuable to our company and therefore we will be looking forward to further developing this partnership.” – said Alexander Reissner, CEO of ENPULSION

Alexander Reissner, CEO & Founder of ENPULSION

InnoSat microsatellite platform
OHB Sweden’s InnoSat microsatellite platform solutions offers a highly integrated, capable satellite platform intended for a wide range of LEO applications such as earth observation, telecom, scientific research and orbital launch vehicles. It is designed to provide high performance in pointing, power and data downlink for the lowest cost/reliability ratio and builds upon a long-standing heritage of 3 decades mission experience. The platform is designed to interface with multiple types of payloads and can easily be tailored to the customers’ requirements.

OHB Sweden’s EIS satellite

About OHB Sweden
OHB Sweden is a provider of complete space missions, satellites as well as spacecraft subsystems. With more than 30 years of proven success from a wide range of space missions in low and geostationary orbit as well as spacecraft for interplanetary missions, OHB Sweden has acquired a first-class reputation offering reliable and innovative solutions to its customers. The key expertise from OHB Sweden lies in small satellites, AOCS and propulsion subsystems.

With 200 thrusters in space, more than 300 thrusters delivered and close to 150 years of accumulated on-orbit operation, ENPULSION is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for nano- and microsatellites. The company is supporting customers on 4 continents from its headquarters in Austria, as well offices in the US and France. 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.

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