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On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space?

17 November 2017

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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.

Source: SpaceNews

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