Europe-built robotic arm to launch into space aboard Airbus’ OneSat satellites

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A robotic arm made solely by European manufacturers has passed its qualification review for launch into space on the OneSat range of satellites. 

The robotic deployment and pointing system enables the satellite’s plasma thrusters to be positioned far away from the satellite’s body, optimising consumption of the xenon fuel.

The approval of the system means that OneSat is now fully propelled by European technology. Designed by Airbus in France, the robotic arm was made and qualified by manufacturer Euro Heat Pipes in Belgium.