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OneWeb and OneWeb Satellites bolster commitment to Responsible Space with advanced grappling technology from Altius Space Machines

London, December 10, 2019 – OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, and OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb are coming together to advance the OneWeb Responsible Space program with a commitment to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on OneWeb’s satellites.

Astroscale pursuing military customers for in-orbit services, debris removal

– 7 December 2019

Ron Lopez, president of Astroscale U.S.: ‘The Air Force is talking about safety, congestion and how that affects resilience’

Next-Gen SMC Launch Study Target Satellite Maneuver

– 28 October 2019

On-orbit transfer and maneuvering capabilities also could potentially enable future national security satellites to avoid debris or anti-satellite weapons, or underpin space weapons development. 

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Space Standards and Architecture Short Course

Interested in Standardization for Space?  Or just confused? The Space Infrastructure Foundation Space Standards and Architectures course is designed for you. Find us at a space conference or contact us to schedule a presentation at your facility. This is an AIAA Standards Executive Council approved course. Private, more focused versions of this class, as well as flexibility on location, are also available. This material is clear of any ITAR or EAR constraints.

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Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) Program Solicitation 

– 18 May 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released solicitation seeking Other Transaction (OT) proposals under the authority of 10 U.S.C. § 2371b for a U.S. space industry builder-owner-operator team that will partner with DARPA to jointly develop and demonstrate a robotic servicing vehicle (RSV) in GEO. DARPA has established the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program within the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Please check FBO.gov for more info.

DARPA expects this team to have the ability to manufacture a GEO-qualified spacecraft bus, integrate a Government-provided payload onto that bus, launch the RSV, provide ground communications across the GEO belt, and operate the vehicle commercially for many years after successful completion of DARPA-specified demonstrations on-orbit. It is anticipated that the RSV owner will benefit from revenues derived from servicing operations provided to both commercial and Government operators of GEO satellites.

The objective of the RSGS program is to create a dexterous robotic operational capability in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) that can both provide increased resilience for the current U.S. space infrastructure and be the first concrete step toward a transformed space architecture with revolutionary capabilities. The long-term vision of the RSGS program is to enable persistent robotic servicing capabilities in GEO, beginning with the robotic servicer developed under the RSGS program and operated by a commercial entity, with the goal of achieving an enduring, reliable, cost effective GEO satellite servicing presence.

Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) Commercial Partnership Survey

– 06 February 2019

A special notice requesting information from potential partners for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) Commercial Partnership Survey has been posted to FedBizOps.