ATI to Head DARPA-Backed Consortium for Satellite Servicing Standards

Advanced Technology International will lead a federal government-established group of satellite industry stakeholders from the public and private sectors that is intended to set the standards for satellite servicing.

The Analytic Services subsidiary said Thursday that it will head the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations as the prime contractor that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected for Phase 1 work.

Chris Van Metre, ATI president and CEO, said the company anticipates to support the creation of such a forum that will facilitate the development of the definitions and expectations of responsible behavior in space-based operations.

ATI added CONFERS aims to publish non-binding and consensus-derived technical and safety standards for future on-orbit satellite maintenance, servicing and rendezvous operations through an independent and self-sustaining collaboration between the U.S. government and the global satellite community.

CONFERS plans to recruit original equipment manufacturers, operators, service providers, insurers and underwriters as well as members of the academia and the government.

The program team headed by ATI includes the Secure World Foundation, Information Sciences Institutes’ Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Southern California and the Space Infrastructure Foundation.

The CONFERS Phase I prime contract DARPA awarded to ATI in October was worth $2.6 million.

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