The first two O3b mPOWER satellites built by Boeing for SES launched with a Falcon 9 on Friday, 16th of December from Florida.
DACTEM has been closely involved in this project providing SAFRAN & Boeing with the test system for the complete electric propulsion cluster; these are the first two Boeing satellites to fly with these thrusters.
The same Friday, from California, also launched the SWOT (Surface Water Ocean Topography) mission a Franco-American cooperation, between NASA and CNES.
SWOT is the first mission which will carry out a global assessment of the water stocks on the surface of the Earth, a mission very much awaited by the scientific community.
On board SWOT is the DORIS system enabling real-time on orbit localisation for which DACTEM has supplied to CNES the complete EGSE suite.