How SSL Plans to Turbocharge its Satellite Manufacturing Strategy

SSL received its first award for an all-electric satellite this year from Eutelsat for its Eutelsat 7C. Estey said it is hard to predict if more all-electric orders will follow, but he does expect hybrid electric-chemical systems to gain further popularity.

“Hybrid is more than half of our satellites right now,” he said, adding that SSL has 23 hybrid electric propulsion spacecraft operating today. “I see more and more of that. We have very few solely bipropellant systems now; most have electric involved.”

Some interesting insight into SSL’s inner-workings, as well as some good follow-up on the discussion Logan and I had about chemical vs. electric satellites.