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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