Mission requirements and system
Airbus Defence and Space SAS, 100% owned by Airbus Group (the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) is a worldwide leader in the space domain. The entity involved in GIESEPP MP project is the Space Systems division of Airbus Defence and Space with three main activities: Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS), military aircrafts (A400M) and Space Systems (covering civil/military telecommunications, Earth observation, science, navigation and orbital programmes). From its heritage in Space span over 40 years of successful programmes, Airbus Defence and Space has got a full capability in all fields of space system and sub-system management, engineering and development and also research & development. This capability encompasses all facets of the space industry and includes propulsion systems for Telecommunications, Earth observation, Scientific and Exploration missions.
Since more than 20 years, electric propulsion subsystems have been developed for both institutional (Artemis, BepiColombo) and commercial programs (Eurostar E3000, Eurostar-NEO, Oneweb).
The electric propulsion department that is located in Toulouse (France) is in charge of the definition of the subsystem architecture, the equipment specification, the development follow-up, the integration and tests on the satellites and the in-orbit follow-up for all telecom satellites, which are today the heart of electric propulsion market.
The department experience is spread on a full range of electric propulsion subsystem from 5 kW to 250 W mainly on three different platform types: GEO ISK, GEO EOR and LEO Constellations.
The department also provides support to the different Airbus defence and Space business units in electric propulsion field and contribute to key new developments baselining electric propulsion for other mission types.
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Partner's expertise and competences within this project
Electric Propulsion Road Map and Development Leader
Fabien started his professional career as Electrical and Mechanical Spacecraft Accommodation Manager. He managed and developed Li-ion batteries embarked in Telecommunications and constellations spacecraft over 10 years and was ADS technical authority in this Area. From 2019, he has been working as Development Leader in the Electric Propulsion of Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse. Fabien is managing the GIESEPP-MP System implementation, adequacy and performances for Telecommunications Spacecraft.
PPU Development Responsible
Guillaume started his career in manufacturing and industrialization of mass-production electronics. With more than 15 years of experience in electronics process engineering, test engineering, supplier management and quality management, Guillaume joined the Supplier Development team of Oneweb Satellites in 2018, enabling the delivery of hundreds space electronics on Time, on Quality and on Cost. Now working in electronics engineering for electrical propulsion at Airbus Defence and Space, Guillaume is managing the PPU GIESEPP MP specification and follow-up in close cooperation with CRISA.
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