Two startups are partnering on technology that they hope can jump-start the market for in-space refueling of satellites.
Orbit Fab, a startup preparing to establish fuel depots in space, announced an agreement Nov. 17 with Spaceflight Inc. to send its first microsatellite into orbit in 2021.
As another satellite life extension spacecraft is readied for launch, both developers and customers of such systems called for the creation of standard interfaces to support servicing of future spacecraft.
A startup that seeks to create refueling facilities in orbit for satellites has received a government grant to develop one essential technology for that system.
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on the International Space Station.
A startup company planning to develop orbital propellant depots to assist satellite servicing ventures has raised an initial round of funding to support a first launch as soon as next year.