Advanced Television: Intelsat’s lost satellite: What lessons for the future?
‘Salvage’ is a highly opportunistic market with different mission possibilities, and therefore the biggest challenge is to have immediate availability of a servicer. “Based on the mission profile, it can be a challenging business case for both the satellite operator, as well as, the [rescue tug] provider due to factors such as high delta-V requirements, extremely long idle time and lack of enough useful life to justify needing the service. This makes both – the addressable market as well as the supply for these missions – highly restricted. However, the potential benefits also raise the pricing tolerances and allows the service to be offered at premium prices.”