New development for satellite orbit control subsystem
ISS-Reshetnev Company is currently working on a new high-pressure xenon tank intended for the company’s future satellites’ orbit control subsystems.
The high-pressure xenon tank which is being developed by the Reshetnev Company jointly with several research organizations is expected to supply heavy-class satellites with more propellant.
The first satellite that carried a new metal composite xenon tank was the Express-AM6 satellite (launched into orbit on October 21, 2014). Used instead of four previous-generation tanks, the new tank model is half as heavy as the older one, but contains 350 kilograms of xenon compared with the capacity of 280 kilograms available on the previous model.
The new high-pressure xenon tank design is based on the propellant tank used on the Express-AM6 satellite. Certain improvements have been achieved through careful design and technology development efforts, and now the tank allows 570 kilograms of xenon to be carried by a satellite. This innovative solution is expected to help achieve higher technical characteristics of ISS-Reshetnev-made satellites and also increase their active lifespans.