According to Boeing, "The heart of XIPS is the ion thruster.
The ions are then ejected by the XIPS engine and travel in a stream at a speed of around 63K miles per hour.
PanAmSat operates five other HS 601 HP spacecraft that contain XIPS
and one HS 702 spacecraft that uses the XIPS
The 8,800-watt satellite features leading technologies from Hughes Electronics subsidiaries, including Hughes Electron Dynamics' xenon ion propulsion system, XIPS
, which is 10 times more efficient than its chemical counterpart, and Spectrolab's dual-junction solar cells with conversion efficiencies of more than 21 percent.
Advances in energy storage, innovative thermal management systems, a highly efficient propulsion system, XIPS
, and continued miniaturization of electronics combine to provide the technological improvements necessary to provide this increased capability.
Astra 1H is the seventh Hughes satellite to carry XIPS
SATMEX 5 also carries a xenon ion propulsion system, XIPS
, which will be used for north and south stationkeeping.
Hughes has also developed a commercial xenon ion propulsion system, XIPS
, that is used on its HS 702 and HS 601HP communications satellites.