Reuse, Revitalize, Repurpose - How In-Orbit Satellite Servicing is Changing the Economics of Space

Tue. March 13| 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Ballroom A

Robotic in-orbit satellite servicing is rapidly changing the way satellite operators think about their fleets. Extending the lives of aging spacecraft allows operators to continue generating revenue and profit, while limiting capital expenditures on replacement spacecraft as they evaluate new technologies and plan for the future. Robotic satellite servicing also allows operators to optimize capacity by relocating satellites to different orbital slots, recover spacecraft placed in incorrect orbits due to launch anomalies, and transfer end-of-life spacecraft to graveyard orbits. Future applications include through-space transport of assets for emerging space businesses, in-space repair, and modular, in-orbit spacecraft assembly.

Orbital ATK has a long and proud history of pioneering game-changing commercial space technologies and capabilities. Company innovations have included the world’s first privately developed space launch vehicle, the world’s first commercial low-Earth orbit satellite data communications network, one of only two commercial space station logistics systems, and now, the industry’s first commercial satellite servicing product line. During this session, Orbital ATK President and Chief Executive Officer David W. Thompson and SpaceLogistics President Tom Wilson will unveil Orbital ATK’s next generation in-orbit robotic servicing platform. Joining David W. Thompson and Tom Wilson on stage will be Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat, who will share his perspective as the customer for the first two Mission Extension Vehicles TM (MEV).

Track: General Sessions


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Speakers

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Orbital ATK, Inc

Role: Speaker

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

SpaceLogistics President

Orbital ATK

Role: Speaker