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Today, we are happy to announce the first SPT140DU firings aboard E172B. The thruster in-flight operation is proved to be successful. It is a reminder that on June 02, 2017 two satellites ViaSat 2 and Е172B (the latter with 5 SPT-140DU thrusters aboard) were launched by Ariane-5 from the Kourou launch site at 1:40 a.m. The Fakel’s SPT140DU are being used on Eutelsat E172B to perform electric transfer and station keeping.

On April 19, it was the courtesy of Jeff Baldwin to make a short presentation of twelve-year application of SPTs aboard SS/L spacecraft to the Fakel employee.

In 2017, it will be 110 years since Sergey Korolev was born. It is difficult to meet a man in Russia who has never heard about this name.

Cosmonautics Day is celebrated on 12 April. For over 60 years humankind explores the universe and meets the challenges raised for us. Humanity managed to overcome the earth gravity and to land space descent on the Moon.


2017 is rightfully considered to be the year of space anniversaries: 60 years since the first satellite was launched, 110 years since Sergey Pavlovich Korolev was born.

The festival of power, quickness, and health was held on April 1 at the Yunost sports palace.

On Aug. 24, 2016,  the telecom satellite manufactured by SSL with the 100th SPT-100 aboard was launched. Over 12 years SPT-100 has proved its efficiency and dependability in space. The main developers of the thruster were Doctors of Engineering Science N.A. Maslennikov and B.A. Arkhipov.  SPT-100 laid the foundations of wide application of electric propulsion for spacecraft.

On March 6, 2017, Washington hosts an International Satellite Exhibition and Conference Satellite 2017.

Three years ago we decided to conduct the Children’s Painting Competition at our premises. Those were the 1 to 14 year children of Fakel’s workers who took part in that Competition. There were so many paintings, but after the competition it was  much desired to go on. That resulted in a tradition.

Dear Colleagues,

We have just started our preparations to issue the Anniversary Book of Abstracts presented at the October conference in 2015. The Book will include the abstracts of papers on various industry fields.  The list of authors and abstracts to be issued can be found and downloaded here.