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Richard White Speaks SSL On-Orbit Satellite Maintenance, Assembly Work



Richard White

Richard White, President of the Government System Business of Maxar Technologies & # 39; SSL subsidiary, said he believes satellite service initiatives could alter the basic principles of how the industry works and the government use and view satellites, reported the Via Satellite magazine in its August 201

8 issue.

White mentioned the assembly work in orbit through the Dragonfly program with NASA and such Project allows SSL to demonstrate its maintenance and assembly capabilities on orbit.

"If you have the opportunity to upgrade, that is certainly a fundamental change, and if you can assemble it in space, you can now think about shipping spaceships in pieces," he added.

White cited the efforts of SSL to build a service spacecraft through a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and as part of the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program.

"For RSGS, the main task is to implement a system that can investigate, correct, cooperatively relocate anomalies and install upgrades on the orbiting satellite, whether that's commercial or government," he noted.


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