Some industry executives say they see government agencies as potential customers of commercial satellite servicing platforms, SpaceNews reported Monday.
“The U.S. government is currently trying to be a customer to this industry,“ said Joshua Davis of the Aerospace Corp. Davis stated that his company has a contract with Northrop Grumman's SpaceLogistics subsidiary to assess the possibility of using the latter's vehicles to service satellites used for national security missions.
A SpaceLogistics-built satellite servicing spacecraft, Mission Extension Vehicle 1, is set to take off Wednesday, Oct. 9, from Kazakhstan aboard a Proton rocket.
Other panelists at a satellite servicing forum held Oct. 1 said the U.S. government should not demand cumbersome requirements should it become a satellite servicing customer.
“It has to be done in a way that opens markets. In other words, the government shouldn't be seeking bespoke applications,“ said Bhavya Lal of the Science and Technology Policy Institute.