“DARPA and NASA have done [servicing] demonstrations in the past but to get traction for a sustained business is a big deal.”
— Al Tadros, SSL vice president for
space infrastructure and civil space.
Credit: SSL
An Orbital ATK technician monitors a ground demonstration of MEV docking systems. Credit: Orbital ATK
This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center illustration shows a servicing spacecraft, left, approaching a satellite needing assistance. Credit: NASA Goddard
An Orbital ATK Mission Extension Vehicle docks with a satellite to take over pointing and station keeping. Credit: Orbital ATK
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Credit: DoD
OHB System will build the PLATO spacecraft and its instruments at OHB Optics & Science Space Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Credit: OHB System
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. Credit:  SpaceNews photo illustration/KREMLIN.RU
NASA Administrator Jim
Bridenstine watches the May 5 launch of NASA’s InSight spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine delivers the
keynote speech at the Humans to Mars Summit May 9 at the George Washington University in Washington. Bridenstine joined more than 20 NASA scientists and
technologists at the three-day event sponsored by
Explore Mars Inc. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
DARPA Director Steven Walker. Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Pausic
During an ‘industry day’ held May 8 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asks commercial companies to help get the agency back to the moon as quickly as possible. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
HawkEye360 is about to launch its first cluster satellites to track ships via their radio signals. Credit: HawkEye360
As MDA joins the Maxar Technologies’ family, which includes DigitalGlobe with its WorldView constellation, “we are looking at how to unlock the market that can benefit from the combined use of RadarSat and optical WorldView imagery in ways that were not envisioned before or were difficult to achieve from two independent companies,” said Dave Belton, vice president of MDA’s Geospatial Services Group. Credit: MDA
The 70-kilogram ICEYE-X1 satellite launched Jan. 12 on a PSLV rocket carrying India’s Cartosat-2 and 30 smaller satellites. Credit: ICEYE artist's concept
This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. Curiosity was delivered in 2012 to Gale crater, a 155-kilometer-wide crater that contains a record of environmental changes in its sedimentary rock. Credit: NASA JPL-CALTECH
The value of smallsats will be fully realized when the disorganized flock is transformed into a carefully orchestrated
constellation. Credit: NASA illustration

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