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SSL Government Execs See Space Innovation Opportunity With On-Orbit Servicing

SSL Government Execs See Space Innovation Opportunity With On-Orbit Servicing - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SSL Government Execs See Space Innovation Opportunity With On-Orbit Servicing - top government contractors - best government contracting eventRichard White, president of SSL Government Systems, said the development of on-orbit servicing technology can help accelerate innovation efforts meant to support future space missions, Geospatial World reported Friday.

White added an SSL-designed servicer will work to integrate with government and commercial spacecraft in orbit.

NASA awarded the Maxar Technologies subsidiary a five-year, $127 million contract in late 2016 to help the space agency build a robotic platform that would grasp, refuel or relocate a government-owned satellite.

Work under the contract focuses on developing the Restore-L spacecraft that is designed to supply the Landsat 7 remote sensing satellite with fuel.

Geospatial World also quoted Robert Zitz, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at SSL Government Systems, as saying on-orbit servicing technology can help extend the life of some satellites.

The report noted SSL forecasts that industry’s efforts to produce standardized and modular architectures will facilitate space-based technology upgrades, repairs and modifications.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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