CNBC: Northrop Grumman robotic MEV-2 spacecraft, in a first, catches active Intelsat satellite

Northrop Grumman ‘s spacecraft docked successfully with an active Intelsat satellite to provide service and extend its life. Northern Sky Research, a satellite consulting firm, estimates that the market for satellite servicing and life extensions is a $3.2 billion opportunity over the next decade. The firm forecasts that there is demand for servicing upward of.

Constellations: Accidents Waiting to Happen?

Last week, two major constellations operators,  OneWeb and SpaceX, nearly crashed in space, when two of their satellites almost collided.  Another near-miss happened the same day when two other satellites nearly struck each other over the Arctic. And last month, the 2-ton NOAA-17 satellite broke up, sending dangerous debris all along its orbit.  This type.

Trash Talk about Debris in Orbit

Two weeks ago, the derelict NOAA-17 satellite broke up. At the same time, NASA jettisoned a 3-ton cargo pallet of junk from the International Space Station, part of the program’s typical waste process, which will remain in orbit for several years while NOAA’s satellite will be there for much longer. The problem with space debris.

Interesting Engineering: Space Janitors at Work: A Company Is Building Debris Collection Spacecraft.

In Interesting Engineering’s article on Space Debris Collection: It’s getting crowded in space with plenty of satellites being launched every year. But what do you do with the old inactive satellites? How do you ensure they don’t become dangerous garbage? “Our fleet of reusable servicers, located in different orbits, enables satellite’s life extension and space debris removal.