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The L-XTA fulfils the delivery of Xenon gas for current and future hybrid & full electric propulsion (EP) systems, in particular for geostationary satellites such as Electra and Neosat.
The price competitive tank design and manufacturing approach enable maximum flexibility for the satellite prime with respect to volume, manufacturing time, and system performance. Our manufacturing methods minimise both lead-times as well as fabrication costs whilst remaining fully compliant to ECSS guidelines.
The L-XTA project began in early 2016 with a Specification Requirements Review (SRR) that involved the satellite primes, future satellite operators and ESA. The Preliminary Design (PDR) and Critical Design Reviews (CDR) were successfully held in Fall 2016 and 2017, respectively. Qualification via an Engineering Model (EM) and two dedicated Qualification Models (QM) conclude the final phase with a Qualification Review (QR) in Q2 2019.
The 900 l Family 1 Engineering Model (EM) is undergoing testing from Q3 to Q4 2018. Of note, the EM testing regime is identical to the rigorous qualification test regime of the QMs. Qualification model manufacturing as well as the first flight model started in early 2018 with delivery in early 2019.