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Eutelsat EOR technology set to save satellites $billions

Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat claims to have broken the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR) time – a decades old propulsion technique that new technologies are helping make a viable replacement for reaction engines and other methods. Rival satellite firm SES projects that half of all new satellites will be fitted with an electric propulsion system of some sort by 2020. Eutelsat and Airbus, the French manufacturer of the newly launched Eutelsat 172B satellite, achieved the feat in 4 months following the launch on June 1, although we could not find any previous records to compare this self-proclaimed title to. An Airbus representative explained to Faultline Online Reporter that what makes the launch particularly impressive is that…

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