Apollo Fusion Propulsion Systems Selected by Saturn Satellite Networks

A complete ACE Max thruster unit being tested. (Credit: Apollo Fusion)

Mountain View, Calif. (Apollo Fusion PR) – December 16, 2020 – Saturn Satellite Networks Inc. has selected Apollo Fusion propulsion systems for Saturn’s NationSat geostationary communications satellites. The Apollo 1.4 kW ACE Max propulsion system will be used for orbit transfer to geosynchronous orbit and on-orbit station keeping on 15 year missions.

Saturn selected Apollo Fusion because Apollo’s unique Electric Propulsion system supports the Saturn objectives to enable its NationSat small GEO sats to perform functions of much larger satellites, hence substantially reducing the barrier to spacecraft development and manufacturing.

“Apollo’s EP system supports Saturn’s objective to provide satellite ownership economics to emerging Third World nations and improve the economics of more established Satellite Owner Operators,” noted Saturn CEO Jim Simpson.

Apollo CEO Mike Cassidy added, “We’re thrilled to be selected by Saturn to provide electric propulsion for their NationSat small GEO sats. Saturn has always been focused on delivering very low cost satellites with lots of capacity. So our low cost, high performance ACE Max Hall thruster system is a great fit for their upcoming missions.”

About Apollo Fusion

Apollo Fusion, Inc. designs and builds state of the art Hall thruster propulsion systems for a variety of government and commercial satellite programs. The Apollo team members have extremely deep aerospace experience and over the course of their careers have designed and built systems that are flying on over 1,000 satellites that are in orbit today. Apollo has built up the capacity to deliver dozens of propulsion systems every month to meet current high market demand. Apollo has raised nearly $25 million in funding. Apollo’s founder and CEO is Mike Cassidy. Mike is a serial entrepreneur with four previous successful startups. Mike was previously a Vice President at Google where he led Project Loon, a high-altitude telecommunications system.