RAFAELís space activities are focused on space propulsion, composite materials, micro-satellite technologies and airborne launchers.
RAFAEL has gained extensive experience in developing, qualifying and producing controllable propulsion and reaction control systems (RCS), based on hot gas (solid rocket motors and hydrazine thrusters), cold gas (mainly nitrogen) and electric propulsion†(based on Hall Effect Thrusters) for space applications.
RAFAEL has presently in-orbit propulsion modules in over thirty satellites. Rafael complete propulsion modules are on board the OFEQ, EROS and TecSAR satellites while Rafaelís positive-expulsion propellant tanks are on board Proteus, Galileo-GIOVE-B, Spirale, Prisma, Myriad/Astrosat-100 and other satellites. Rafael supplies the propellant tanks and Hydrazine thrusters for the Galileo IOV, Globalstar-2 and O3B constellations, GMES Sentinel-1 and other satellites.
The European Space Association (ESA) has chosen RAFAEL space propulsion products for Hershel & Plank, Galileo-IOV, Sentinel-1, EXOMARS and the IXV spacecrafts.
RAFAELís Electric Propulsion system is integrated in the VenĶs satellite that hosts two propulsion systems (hydrazine and electrical).