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SPECIAL REPORT: AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Safran, a Major Player in Plasma Propulsion, Finds Booming Market for its Hall
Effect Thrusters

Safran Aircraft Engines PPS 1350 plasma thruster test firing
As the aerospace industry embraces the benefits of all-electric
satellites, Safran Group of France is finding a booming market
for its plasma propulsion systems which use Hall effect thrusters.
An increasing number of satellite manufacturers are opting for
plasma propulsion because it offers a great deal of precision in
terms of thrust and boasts a weight saving of around 40% for a
geostationary satellite.

ously at 5 kW to transfer a commercial satellite into orbit. Furthermore, it boasts 10% more power compared to current models."
This reduces the time it takes to get all-electric commercial satellites into orbit, which currently takes around four months.
The first plasma propulsion engines will be delivered to Boeing
in the second half of this year, with the orbiting phase set to take
place in 2019.

Safran, one of the pioneers in this technology, has developed
two thrusters: the PPS 1350 which ranges from 0.7 to 2.5 kW
of power and the more powerful PPS5000 which ranges from
2.5 to 5 kW. To cater to this growing need, Safran has created a
manufacturing and development site that is entirely dedicated to
plasma propulsion.
With market development and the ramp-up in production, 2018
marks a turning point for Safran's plasma propulsion business,
according to Xavier Cavelan, head of the plasma propulsion
program at Safran Aircraft Engines. "The ramp-up in a production
is the main challenge we need to take up because Safran needs
to double its production in 2018, to reach 40 thrusters a year by
2020." The industry is expected to reach a level of 25% all-electric satellites by 2020.
In December 2016, Boeing entered into an agreement with Safran for the provision of a new plasma propulsion system comprising three PPS 5000 thrusters designed and manufactured by
Safran Aircraft Engines. This order marked two important steps
in the development of the technology, explained Cavelan.

Safran propulsive module equipped with a PPS5000 thruster

"The propulsion system ordered by Boeing represents the first
ever use of a set of three plasma thrusters working simultane-

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Magnetic Nanoparticles Leap from Lab Bench to Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
Safran, a Major Player in Plasma Propulsion, Finds Booming Market for its Hall Eff ect Thrusters
NASA Develops Hall-Eff ect Electric Propulsion to Thrust Exploration on into Deep Space
Airbus-built SES-12 Dual-mission Satellite Successfully Launched
Research & Development
Case Study
Product News
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Marketplace/ Advertising Index
Spontaneous Thoughts: Dysprosium 2.0
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Magnetics Business & Technology - Summer 2018 - Magnetic Nanoparticles Leap from Lab Bench to Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
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Magnetics Business & Technology - Summer 2018 - Safran, a Major Player in Plasma Propulsion, Finds Booming Market for its Hall Eff ect Thrusters
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Magnetics Business & Technology - Summer 2018 - NASA Develops Hall-Eff ect Electric Propulsion to Thrust Exploration on into Deep Space
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Magnetics Business & Technology - Summer 2018 - Airbus-built SES-12 Dual-mission Satellite Successfully Launched
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