Satellite Life Extension: From Science Fiction to Fact

Date of Event:
March 12th, 2014

Run Time:
13:45 - 15:00

Room Number:
202

Track:
Commercial Satellite




Since the dawn of the Space Age, unmanned spacecraft have been disposable machines, functioning until their on-board consumables are exhausted, and then reaching the ends of their service lives even though the satellite bus and payload may have years of useful life left. The paradox of building ever larger, heavier, more powerful and more expensive vehicles that must be discarded when they run out of gas has not been lost on a small band of industry and government pioneers, who doggedly continue a quest to make in-flight satellite refueling and other on-orbit servicing a reality. Their efforts have taken satellite life extension from fantasy to fact. How close is it to happening? What will be the effects on the operator, manufacturer and launch service sectors when it does? A panel of industry and government experts drawn from those pioneers will discuss the current state of satellite life extension, and what to expect going forward.

Moderator:
Owen D. Kurtin

Title:
Principal


Speaker:
David Barnhart

Title:
Phoenix Program Manager


Speaker:
Bryan McGuirk

Title:
COO


Speaker:
Bernd Sommer

Title:
Director Automation and Robotics


Speaker:
Benjamin Reed

Title:
Deputy Project Manager, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office




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Satellite Life Extension: From Science Fiction to Fact

Date of Event:
March 12th, 2014

Run Time:
13:45 - 15:00

Room Number:
202

Track:
Commercial Satellite




Since the dawn of the Space Age, unmanned spacecraft have been disposable machines, functioning until their on-board consumables are exhausted, and then reaching the ends of their service lives even though the satellite bus and payload may have years of useful life left. The paradox of building ever larger, heavier, more powerful and more expensive vehicles that must be discarded when they run out of gas has not been lost on a small band of industry and government pioneers, who doggedly continue a quest to make in-flight satellite refueling and other on-orbit servicing a reality. Their efforts have taken satellite life extension from fantasy to fact. How close is it to happening? What will be the effects on the operator, manufacturer and launch service sectors when it does? A panel of industry and government experts drawn from those pioneers will discuss the current state of satellite life extension, and what to expect going forward.

Moderator:
Owen D. Kurtin

Title:
Principal


Speaker:
David Barnhart

Title:
Phoenix Program Manager


Speaker:
Bryan McGuirk

Title:
COO


Speaker:
Bernd Sommer

Title:
Director Automation and Robotics


Speaker:
Benjamin Reed

Title:
Deputy Project Manager, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office




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