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- Title Thruster
- Released 05/03/2012 2:08 pm
- Copyright Astrium
One of the engines that will be used on the Lunar Lander to guide the spacecraft to a safe landing site on the Moon.
The engines have been used on ESA’s series of Automatic Transfer Vehicles. When tested for their new role on the Lunar Lander they were shown to perform well even when reaching temperatures of up to 1100ºC.
In addition, five engines adapted from boosting telecommunication satellites will fire for 10 minutes to slow Lunar Lander’s descent to the Moon’s surface.