A leading rocket engine manufacturer and plasma propulsion leader in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines (formerly Snecma) design, develop, produce and sell, alone or in partnership, a wide range of thrusters and propulsion systems for nearly all satellite applications, from orbit raising, orbital positioning to deorbiting.
Safran Aircraft Engines is working on electric propulsion since the late 70’s on various technologies (including FEEP, arcjet) and since the early 90’s on the Hall Effect Thrusters, resulting in the qualification of the PPS1350 (1500W) in 2006, thruster in operation on Alphasat since 2013.
To meet growing market demand – by 2022, 25% of satellites will be all-electric – Safran Aircraft Engines has developed a new 5kW thruster designed for new-generation satellites, already chosen by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence & Space.
To maintain its technological leadership in electric propulsion technology and support commercial missions and scientific exploration, Safran Aircraft Engines continuously invest in R&D, from PPS500 (500W) up to PPS20k (20kW), and carry out a number of advanced design studies for the French and European space agencies.
Within the space electric propulsion Directorate, in Vernon plant-France, almost 70 skilled scientists, engineers and workers form an highly integrated team using the latest numerical and lean methodologies to conceptualize, design, manufacture, test and sell Hall Effect electric propulsion systems.