Richard White Talks SSL’s On-Orbit Satellite Servicing, Assembly Work

Richard White

Richard White, president of government systems business of Maxar TechnologiesSSL subsidiary, has said he believes on-orbit satellite servicing initiatives could transform the basic principles of how industry and government use and regard satellites, the Via Satellite magazine reported in its August 2018 issue.

White mentioned the company’s on-orbit assembly work through the Dragonfly program with NASA and how the project allows SSL to demonstrate its on-orbit servicing and assembly capabilities.

“If you have the ability to upgrade, that’s certainly fundamental change. If you can assemble it in space, now you can start to think about sending spacecraft up in pieces,” he added.

White cited SSL’s efforts to build a servicing 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 core mission is to deploy a system that can inspect, correct anomalies, cooperatively relocate and install upgrades to an on-orbit satellite, whether that’s commercial or government,” he noted.

You may also be interested in...

Anitian

Anitian, Microsoft Partnership Adds Compliance Automation Tech to Azure

Anitian and Microsoft have lenabled the former's automation tool to help customers deploy workloads into the Azure cloud environment and speed up cloud migration processes.

Machine learning framework

DARPA Taps University of Massachusetts, Amherst for Machine Learning Framework Development

A University of Massachusetts, Amherst laboratory has received a contract fom the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design a framework for machine learning in support of the Ditto - Intelligent Auto-Generation and Composition of Surrogate Models project.

William Irby COO Martin UAV

William Irby Named Martin UAV COO, Sean Olds Appointed CFO

William Irby, a nearly three-decade aerospace and defense industry veteran, has joined unmanned aircraft system manufacturing company Martin UAV as chief operating officer.