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Space Propulsion Systems for Satellites and Spacecraft

A complete range of monopropellant, bipropellant and electric ion propulsion systems.

 

Overview

For over half a century, we have been producing propulsion systems for a diverse range of international satellites and spacecraft. We specialise in monopropellant, bipropellant and electric ion propulsion and supply from component parts and subsystem modules, through to complete propulsion systems and beyond - with a complete range of propulsion support services from delivery through to launch and early orbit phase support.

 

Applications

Typical applications of our propulsion system include:

 

 

BIPROPELLANT PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Our bipropellant propulsion systems are mainly used on medium to heavy satellites and spacecraft such as space agency mission and for the larger platforms of commercial satellites.

Integration of bipropellant propulsion system to spacecraft.
Integration of Bipropellant Propulsion System

Unified Propulsion Systems

For the majority of our satellite customers, the top level propulsion requirements are very similar. Namely apogee injection and attitude maneuver for transfer orbit, station keeping and orbit control, followed by deorbitation or transfer to a graveyard orbit. The Lampoldshausen team realised, early on, that the separate systems required for these different functions could be unified into a common system and what became known as the Unified Propulsion System (UPS).

 

The Unified Propulsion System Comprises:

bipropellant propulsion system schematic.
Unified Propulsion System Schematic

 

 

MONOPROPELLANT HYDRAZINE PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Our monopropellant hydrazine propulsion systems are used for small to medium spacecraft for LEO and MEO missions. Standard of-the-shelf propulsion systems are available, as well as custom modules for satellites within the 220 kg to 2500 kg class.

Monopropellant hydrazine propulsion system integration to medium spacecraft
 
Monopropellant Hydrazine Propulsion System Integration to Medium Spacecraft

 

Examination of integrated hydrazine thruster.
 
Examination of Integrated Hydrazine Thrusters

 

Examination of Fill and Drain Valves -Hydrazine Propulsion System for Small Spacecraft.
 
Fill and Drain Valve Inspection - Hydrazine Propulsion System for Small Spacecraft

We also supply Roll and Attitude Control Systems (RACS) for the upper stages of heavy and small launchers. The RACS enables roll and pitch control of the launcher after jettisoning of its solid rocket boosters. Thereafter, it is used for fine control manoeuvres and precision upper stage orientation before separation of one or more payloads.

 

 

Integration of Vega 240 N hydrazine thruster cluster
240 N Thruster Cluster
for Vega Small Launcher
240 N hydrazine thruster cluster integrated to Vega avionics bay.
Thruster Cluster Integrated to
Vega Avionics Bay

 

 

ION PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Propulsion of the future has now become a reality with Lampoldshausen's radio-frequency ion propulsion systems providing a specific impulse ten to twenty times higher than today's best performing liquid propellant rocket engines and 30% to 50% higher than alternative ion propulsion systems.

 

Advantages

 Electric propulsion systems offer many advantages over chemical propulsion systems, including:

 

More about Ion Propulsion Systems, thrusters and their performance.

electric ion space propulsion thruster.
Electric Ion Thruster - RIT 2X

 

 

PROPULSION SYSTEMS SUPPORT SERVICES

Our propulsion systems are supported by a range of specialist support services covering every step of the way from kick-off through to post launch and in-orbit operations. Customers may select any of these services according to their needs.

Fields of space propulsion systems expertise

 

Areas of expertise surrounding our space propulsion systems offering our customers total support

Propulsion System Brochures (pdf)

Brochures for the above propulsion systems and supporting services are available to view online, from where they may be downloaded.

 

If you require the printed version of any of these brochures, or more detailed information then please contact us.

 

See the complete list of our space propulsion brochures available for download.