EDB Fakel increases production rates for the SPT-50M thrusters

February 18, 2022, Kaliningrad. EDB Fakel (a part of JSC NPO Energomash rocket engine manufacturing integrated structure of the Roscosmos state corporation) increases production rates for the SPT-50M thrusters. In comparison with the year 2020 the SPT-50M thrusters production rate has been increased by 1.5 times in 2021 (from 111 thrusters in 2020) and is equal to 215 thrusters.

The enterprise’s production capacities enable currently to produce up to 33 thrusters per month. By 2025 EDB Fakel targets to produce 60 SPT-50Ms monthly. In order to achieve these values, EDB Fakel is actively modernizing its equipment: the machining area turns to the use of modern machines with a programmed numerical control, technological processes are being optimized, new assembling areas are being arranged, the test facility is being extended and new manufacturing workers are being recruited.

EDB Fakel’s General Director Gennadiy Abramenkov says: “The production rates ramp-up is linked to the increase in the number of the SPT-50Ms production contracts in the interests of Russian and foreign customers. This will enable to increase the income of EDB Fakel and will make its financial status firmer. For the specialists of our enterprise and for those who are only thinking about the possibility to work here this ramp-up proves EDB Fakel’s stability as an employer”.

The SPT-50M thruster is used for spacecraft station keeping and attitude control. At a mass of 1.29 kg and thrust of 16 mN the thruster’s lifetime is more than 3000 hs and more than 11 000 cycles. The use of the SPT-50Ms on board small spacecraft enables to increase a mass of payload and spacecraft active lifetime, what results in a significantly higher efficiency. The total number of the SPT-50M thrusters assembled up to date is more than 600.

JSC EDB Fakel (a part of the state corporation Roscosmos) is one of the leading enterprises in development of electric propulsion systems and thermal catalytic propulsion systems operating using Hydrazine. Fakel has a production experience in serial and mass delivery of thrusters both in commercial and state market segments. The share of the thrusters production in the world for spacecraft is about 10%. More than 70 Russian spacecraft (more than 60% of the Russian orbital constellation) and 30 Western spacecraft are equipped with thrusters developed and produced by EDB Fakel. Today EDB Fakel’s partners are ISS Reshetnev, RSC Energia, Khrunichev State Research and Production Center, Lavochkin Research and Production Association, Research and Production Corporation VNIIEM.

 JSC NPO Energomash is the world leader in development of powerful liquid rocket engines for space launch vehicles. NPO Energomash has the unique family of liquid rocket engines with the thrust range from 60 up to 1000 tf, which can meet the needs of various class launch vehicles developers. Established in 1929. Awarded with the Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner of Labor and Order of the October Revolution.

ROSCOSMOS is the state corporation established in August 2015 for a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry of Russia. ROSCOSMOS ensures performance of the state policy in space industry and normative regulation. ROSCOSMOS also places orders for development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructural objects. In addition, one of its functions is to develop international co-operation in space industry and provide conditions to use the results of the space activities for a social and economic progress of Russia.

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