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Spacecraft Propellant Tank Manufacturing

Production centre for spacecraft propellant tanks and associated components.


Spacecraft propellant tanks
Propellant Tanks

Manufacturing Overview

Our production centre dedicated to propellant tanks and related components is located in Bremen, north Germany.


For over 40 years, the centre has been producing propellant tanks for scientific and commercial satellites, orbital platforms, space probes, interplanetary spacecraft, launch vehicle roll control systems and upper stage attitude and orbital control systems.


The Bremen facility is also well know for the integration of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle, booster integration of the Ariane launcher, upper stage integration of the bipropellant and cryogenic upper stages of Ariane 5, Rokot launch vehicle services, as well as integration of Europe's first manned spacecraft 'Spacelab'.


Today, the Bremen Production Centre is the European market leader for the design, manufacturing and supply of a diverse range of spacecraft propellant tanks, propellant management and acquisition devices and all tank related components and services. Propellant tank capacities range from 58 litres to over 1000 litres. The space qualified tank portfolio is mainly focused on bipropellant tanks and monopropellant hydrazine tanks.


The different types of propellant tank produced at the Bremen facility includes surface tension propellant tanks, diaphragm / bladder tanks, propellant tanks for spin stabilised spacecraft and high pressure tanks.


Tank geometry may be adapted according to the required propellant mass and volume available for accommodation. Typical tank geometries are spherical and cylindrical with either hemispherical or Cassini shaped domes.



20 N Hydrazine Thruster
Production Centre for Propellant Tanks
20 N Hydrazine Thruster with canted nozzle
Explosion Protected Leak Test Facility


Preparation of propellant tank for electron beam welding
Preparation of Propellant Tank for Electron Beam Welding


Propellant tank electron beam welding facility
Propellant Tank Electron Beam Welding Facility


Orion propellant tank
Bipropellant Tank for Orion's European Service Module


Hydrazine propellant tanks integrated to the structural test article of the Orion Service Module.
Bipropellant tanks integrated to the Structural Test Article of Orion's European Service Module before delivery to NASA Glenn


Ultrasonic Inspection (NDI) of Propellant Tank
Ultrasonic Inspection (NDI) of Propellant Tank


Propellant Tank Thermal Assembly
Propellant Tank Thermal Assembly


Propellant Tank Functional Testing
Propellant Tank Functional Testing
20 N Hydrazine Thruster with canted nozzle
Assembly of Propellant Management Device
Propellant Tanks
(PDF Brochure)

Propellant Tank Brochure (pdf)

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