OKB Fakel

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EDB Fakel

EDB Fakel (Russian ОКБ "Факел") is a Russian electric propulsion system development company. It is located in Kaliningrad in Kaliningrad Oblast.[2][3] It was founded in 1955 as a Propulsion laboratory of the Soviet Academy of Sciences; in 1962 it obtained status of Design Bureau, OKB. [4]


Fakel specializes in spacecraft attitude control thrusters, ion engines and plasma sources.[2] It is a world leader in the field of Hall thruster development and a leading Russian developer and manufacturer of electric propulsion systems.[5] The company's third-generation electric propulsion system SPT-100 has been certified in accordance with western standards and the company is actively marketing the system to foreign customers.[2]

The company has 960 employees.[2]

Flight missions

Many companies have used Fakel electrically powered spacecraft propulsion systems on their hardware flown in space. Company’s hardware were used on SESAT 1, Alphasat, SMART-1, LS-1300, Meteor spacecraft, USP bus, Amos-6, MobaHo!, Inmarsat-4 F3, Astra 1K, Luch, and many others as well.


Due to the large experience gained by the company in electric engines, notable companies have entered into partnership with the company.

ISS-Reshetnev - Khrunichev - TsSKB-Progress - NPO Lavochkin - RKK Energiya - Keldysh Research Center - CNIIHM - Moscow Aviation Institute - Aerojet Rocketdyne - Snecma - Thales Alenia Space - Airbus Defence and Space - Space Systems/Loral - RUAG - Israel Aerospace Industries - OHB Sweden - Aerospazio.


  1. ^ "О мерах по созданию Государственной корпорации по космической деятельности "Роскосмос"". Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "OKB Fakel (Russian Federation)". Jane's Space Systems and Industry. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2009-06-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Federal Space Agency FSUE EDB Fakel - About company". OKB Fakel. Retrieved 2009-06-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Roskosmos information
  5. ^ "EDB Fakel". OKB Fakel. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-06-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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