Space Systems/Loral providing LADEE propulsion system

  • 08-Jan-2010 03:23 EST

The Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which features a propulsion system from Space Systems/Loral, will orbit the moon, and its main objective is to characterize the atmosphere and lunar dust environment. NASA

Palo Alto, CA-based Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has been selected to provide a propulsion system to NASA Ames Research Center for the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. NASA's LADEE spacecraft is a small observatory that will study the moon's thin atmosphere and dust above the lunar surface. The LADEE propulsion system will be a variant of the mission-critical system used over many years on SS/L's geostationary satellites for television, radio, broadband Internet, meteorology, and a host of other services. Currently there are 59 SS/L-built satellites orbiting Earth, and the company has logged more than 1600 satellite years in orbit.

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