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Xenon loading cart

Ionic propulsion can be used to control satellites in orbit, while reducing their mass and extending their useful life. Air Liquide has developed a fully automated, mobile, leak-tight, lightweight, and compact system for filling and emptying xenon tanks, as well as conducting pressure tests on ionic propulsion systems: the automatic Xenon loading cart. This system can fill a satellite's tank with 99.999%-pure xenon, at a pressure of 180 bar, in a record time (16 hours) while controlling the flow and the mass of xenon loaded.

  • 150 bar of pressure
  • 300 kg of xenon transferred in less than 16 hours

Why choose us?

  • 01

    Our experience

    We have worked on all the developments for the European launch vehicle, Ariane, as well as numerous international projects, including the International Space Station; the Planck, Herschel, and Microscope satellites; and the Curiosity and ExoMars exploration rovers, among others.

  • 02

    The expertise of our teams

    Our employees are passionate about their work. Our results-minded approach and wealth of expertise have allowed us to make great strides and are now leading us to even more ambitious technological challenges, from launch vehicles with reignition capability and electric propulsion for satellites, to life on Mars...

  • 03

    Our capacity for innovation

    Our innovation teams rely on Air Liquide's expertise and close collaborations with public research laboratories, like the CEA, the CNRS, and the Grenoble University Space Center.