Xenon loading cart

Air Liquide has developed a reliable xenon loading cart

For xenon filling and emptying operations, as well as pressure tests on ionic propulsion systems, Air Liquide has developed a xenon loading cart. Ionic propulsion is now an ultra-efficient technology for controlling satellites in orbit. The thrusters are powered by high-pressure xenon, whose exceptional properties make it possible to reduce the satellite's mass and extend its life by several years.


High-pressure loading that meets the requirements of space application


150 bar

Loading mass

300 kg of xenon in less than 16 hours at 150 bar

Mass of the loading cart

less than 700 kg

Operating power

7,5 kW


1,60 m x 1,90 m x 1,20 m


A few key benefits

Highly reliable

And spaceproof 

Total control

Of satellite tank warming during pressurization

Record filling time

Less than 16 hours

Precise monitoring

Of the flow and the mass loaded

Completely leak-proof


Control of xenon purity

Up to 99.999%-pure

Compliance with standards

In accordance with European and American mechanical and electrical standards  


Solid references

  • Baïkonour space center (Kazakhstan)


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