World's first all-electrical propulsion satellite tv for pc begins operations

World's first all-electric propulsion satellite begins operations

Boeing has introduced that the primary satellite tv for pc utilizing absolutely-electrical propulsion has begun working. Dubbed the ABS-3A, this four,300-pound telecommunications satellite tv for pc will present C- and Ku-band service to South America, the Center East and Africa. In contrast to, properly most each different satellite tv for pc in orbit, the ABS-3A does not depend on tanks of inert fuel for propulsion and orbit upkeep. As an alternative it depends on the Xenon Ion Propulsion System (XIPS) which employs a magnetic area to push ions round and generate thrust. The satellite tv for pc is predicted to make use of simply eleven kilos of Xenon yearly over the course of its 15 yr operational life span — that is a tenth the quantity of propellent that a typical satellite tv for pc would require.

Boeing launched the satellite tv for pc aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in March and handed off management of ABS-3A to its new proprietor, Asia Broadcast Satellite tv for pc, on the finish of August — a month sooner than initially deliberate. Boeing plans to launch a second such satellite tv for pc, ABS-2A, early subsequent yr.

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