Exploring the Universe

Exploringsatellite the Universe

Support the boom in telecommunications, maintain national strategic independence, foster scientific progress, enable Earth observation… Safran is developing increasingly advanced technologies to facilitate our access to space.

Powering satellites into orbit

Safran has developed hemispherical resonator gyros (HRG), a proprietary technology that ensures the precise and autonomous calculation of a vehicle's position in space, whether launch vehicles or spacecraft.

ESPACE

Offering exceptional reliability, the HRG is also used on aircraft and ships.

The Ariane 6 Revolution

Extend satellite life

Safran develops and produces plasma thrusters for satellites that are much more fuel efficient than conventional chemical propulsion systems, giving these spacecraft a longer life in orbit and enabling them to carry a larger payload.

Plasma propulsion systems ensure greater positioning accuracy, within afraction of a millimeterfor satellites several million kilometers apart
x5longer lifespan for satellites in low Earth orbit
What is plasma propulsion? ?

Plasma thrusters are also used on probes sent to explore the furthest reaches of the Solar System.

At the same time, we are developing tomorrow's reusable launch vehicles. For example, we drew on our expertise in ceramic matrix composites to provide the thermal protection system for the European Space Agency's IXV (Intermediate Experimental Vehicle) reentry demonstrator, which made a successful atmospheric reentry in February 2015 after a 99-minute flight.

See deep into space

Humanity is also expanding its knowledge of the Universe thanks to mirrors made by Safran. Whether observing exoplanets or mapping the stars, look through the largest telescope in the world.

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