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Orbital ATK Next-Gen Satellite Servicing
« on: 03/13/2018 12:49 PM »
Looks like an announcement is expected this afternoon at Satellite 2018:

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Orbital ATK is a leader in the emerging space logistics market and is currently developing the industry’s first commercial satellite servicing vehicle, known as the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV)™.

Orbital ATK President and Chief Executive Officer David W. Thompson and SpaceLogistics President Tom Wilson are scheduled to announce the company’s newest robotic satellite servicing vehicle at a general session titled, “Reuse, Revitalize, Repurpose – How In-Orbit Satellite Servicing is Changing the Economics of Space” on Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Joining them is Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat, who will share his perspective as the customer for the first two Mission Extension Vehicles now in production.

https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/release.asp?prid=332

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Orbital ATK Next-Gen Satellite Servicing
« Reply #1 on: 03/13/2018 03:21 PM »

Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) tweeted at 10:34 AM on Tue, Mar 13, 2018:
Shotwell @SpaceX: Satellite servicing ideas were born in part in response to high launch prices. As prices come down we'll see what the actual demand is. #SATShow
(https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/973311268034670597?s=03)

Shotwell is not seeing long game here. These servicing vehicles will evolve and enable development of Persist Platforms in GEO which shift demand from launching large GEO sats to small payloads for platforms. I can see future market for delivery of few 100kgs direct to GEO.

The same technology that builds and services PP could also build large space solar power satellites, these will need large payloads delivered from earth. Along ISRU supplied bulk construction materials.

 


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Re: Orbital ATK Next-Gen Satellite Servicing
« Reply #3 on: 03/14/2018 03:36 AM »
Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) tweeted at 10:34 AM on Tue, Mar 13, 2018:
Shotwell @SpaceX: Satellite servicing ideas were born in part in response to high launch prices. As prices come down we'll see what the actual demand is. #SATShow
(https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/973311268034670597?s=03)

I would think that cheaper launch prices would make in-orbit servicing even more viable! Spacecraft are still very expensive to buy. Here are some screen grabs.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Orbital ATK Next-Gen Satellite Servicing
« Reply #4 on: 03/14/2018 08:57 AM »
Cheaper to extend life of operational satellite especially as payback on MEP is year or two. While payback on new GEO satellite could 5-10yrs and launching into market that is continously changing.
There is a chance MEP and MEV will even slow production of new GEO satellites.

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