A version of this article appears in the June 9 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Satellite operators want them. Manufacturers are building them. But so far, no one is buying new all-electric satellites. Two years after unveiling a spacecraft bus powered by a xenon-ion propulsion system (XIPS), Boeing continues to advance its new 702SP platform, four of which were purchased in 2012 by fleet operators Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) of Bermuda and Satmex of Mexico as part of a ...
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