QinetiQ is now a world leader in electric propulsion systems. The QinetiQ engineered Solar Electric Propulsion System (SEPS) is powering the BepiColombo space craft as it makes its way to Mercury following its launch in October 2018. On arrival, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter will be deployed from the Transfer Module to gather data and insight.
Postcards from Space: Ion Thrusters
April 6, 2020