Specially purified xenon is used to propel satellites and other spacecraft using electric propulsion thrusters. Xenon gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless, nontoxic, monatomic and chemically inert.
Xenon is found in the atmosphere at a concentration of 8.7 x 10-6 percent by volume. Linde collects xenon at its air separation plants around the world and purifies it to the very high purity levels necessary for electric propulsion engines.
Advanced production and purification equipment gives Linde the unique ability to recover and purify customer provided xenon. This service is often used by ground-based facilities that test electric propulsion thrusters.
Linde has sophisticated analytical labs to ensure the quality of propulsion grade xenon. These labs are also used to support our customers ensuring purity is maintained throughout the satellite filling process.