SSLÂ demonstrated its solar electric propulsion system on two communications satellites that were launched into geostationary orbit this year.
SPT-140Â is designed to use the Power Processing Unit 140Â and multiple gimbaled Hall effect thrusters to generate electric power of up to 8 kilowatts.
Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL said the company aims to driveÂ forward industryâ€™s electric propulsion technologies designed forÂ government and commercial missions to space.
NASA awarded SSL in August a contractÂ to further develop a 6kW dual-mode electric propulsion engine as part of the space agency’sÂ Tipping Point program.
The company will also provide a solar electric chassis to help NASA send a probe to the metal-based asteroidÂ PsycheÂ andÂ noted it will use SPT-140 to power four commercial satellites.