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On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space?
17 November 2017
Safety standards and other norms need to be in place to fuel investments and research in space applications.
A team of researchers and Pentagon contractors was recently selected to organise a space industry consortium that will consider new "rules of the road" for commercial on-orbit activities like repairing and refueling satellites.
The effort, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is being touted as a major step in the transition of on-orbit services from experiment to reality, and ultimate commercial success.
Image credit: SpaceNews - Satellite refueling (SSL)