Electra is a partnership between ESA and satellite operator SES to define, develop and validate in space an electric-only propulsion platform for geostationary telecommunication satellites of around 3 tonnes launch mass.
The first launch is expected by the end of 2018.
Electra is the first partnership project established under ESA's ARTES-33 programme, which supports market-driven innovations from industry that require flight heritage and in-orbit validation - proof that they work in space - so that they are more readily embraced by the marketplace.
ARTES-33 requires a partnership between a manufacturer and a user of the innovative capabilities and demands that innovation is validated in a commercially representative environment.
Through Electra, Europe's new capability will serve the current and future needs of satellite operators in the geostationary segment for smaller satellites.
--ANI (Posted on 16-10-2013)