Satellite Propulsion Systems - Ground Support Equipment.
Equipment for propellant and pressurant loading, acceptance testing, propellant analysis, leak detection, emergency detanking etc.
Our range of ground support equipment has been used at test facilities and launch sites throughout the world for over 20 years.
The equipment range is designed for use with satellites, spacecraft, orbital platforms and upper stages using earth storable bipropellants, monopropellants and their associated pressurant gases.
We design, manufacture and qualify much of the ground support equipment that is used for our own on-site testing, as well as for our launch support and check-out services of satellites at test sites and ranges in Europe, United States, Kourou, Russia, China and India.
Ground support equipment and related consulting services are available to our customers with designs or adaptations tailored to their specific applications and requirements.
The range of ground support equipment includes:
Propellant loading carts.
Pressurant loading carts.
Emergency de-tanking units.
Pressure test sets.
High accuracy pressure transducer test equipment.
Leak detection equipment.
Propellant sampling equipment.
For the storage, maintenance, refurbishment, and calibration of the ground support equipment, dedicated facilities are provided:
ATV FGSE Storage Hall
This facility is specially dedicated to the Automated Transfer Vehicle programme with support equipment to serve the Russian fuelling system and propulsion reboost subsystem. The equipment includes propellant degassing device, propellant transfer panels, vacuum pump units, cold traps, propellant transfer tanks and others.
Satellite FGSE Storage Hall
This hall is dedicated to the equipment used on a range of different satellite and spacecraft programmes. The Equipment includes pressure test set, system unit tester, mass spectrometer (Helium leak tester), safety supplies (breathing air compressor, protective suits, intercom systems) and others.
Galileo Hydrazine loading equipment set up
Cleanliness control of fuelling ground support equipment in the ATV FGSE storage hall
Cleaning of fuelling ground support equipment in the ATV FGSE storage hall
Assembling of fuelling ground support equipment in the ATV FGSE storage hall