Israel extends the life of satellites

Israel extends the life of satellites

Effective Space last week signed a $100 million contract with a major regional satellite operator and hopes to launch two Space Drones by 2020.

Headquartered in Tel Aviv with an additional office in the UK, Effective Space Solutions was founded in 2013 and specializes in developing and operating small spacecraft that perform life-extending maintenance services on satellites in space.

The 400-kilogram Space Drone is designed to work with satellites that are running low on fuel but are otherwise operational. A Space Drone will dock with an existing satellite and provide station-keeping and altitude-control capabilities.

Space Drone will use its own electric propulsion to maneuver into position with the target satellite, then take over maneuvering the satellite itself – either for the long-term or for shorter activities such as moving an aging satellite into a “graveyard orbit”.
Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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