SSL Reviews Robotic Satellite Servicing Spacecraft Design; Richard White Comments

Richard White

Space Systems Loral has concluded the preliminary design review of a robotic spacecraft for NASA's in-orbit satellite servicing mission.

The completion of the three-day PDR advances the space vehicle to the detailed design phase to facilitate the launch of the Restore-L mission in 2020, SSL said Tuesday.

SSL received a potential $127 million contract from NASA in December 2016 to develop a robotic spacecraft designed to extend the life of space assets by grasping and refueling a U.S. government satellite in low-Earth orbit.

“Satellite servicing in low Earth orbit is of great value for NASA exploration and science architectures as well as national security,“ said Richard White, president of SSL's government systems business.

“In addition to enabling high value assets to continue to be used, Restore-L will test crosscutting technologies that have applications for other important NASA missions.“

The space vehicle will work to provide propulsion, structural support, communications and data interface and attitude control to help facilitate on-orbit demonstration for the robotic payload.

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