STATE OF PLAY

On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing for Spacecraft

Shrinking technology and lower costs are making on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing an area of emerging technology and growth in the space domain.

Artist’s concept of the Restore-L (now OSAM-1) servicer extending its robotic arm to grasp and refuel a client satellite on orbit. Image Credit: NASA

Key Technologies and Developments

U.S. Government

U.S. Industry

OSAM-1 is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to extend satellites’ lifespans — even if they were not designed to be serviced on orbit. Animation courtesy NASA

Don’t miss On-Orbit Operations, a discussion of what it will take to make LEO an effective and sustainable location for commercial space companies to cooperate, especially as the number of satellites surrounding Earth is poised for rapid growth. As a member of The Aerospace Corporation community, you can take advantage of a full-access ticket for just $20 here.

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Future Outlook

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